Boss Baby of­fers a cute­ness over­load

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

A TALE of sib­ling rivalry told from the point of view of a fan­ci­ful seven-year-old and star­ring Alec Bald­win as the in­fant brother ... what could pos­si­bly go wrong?

The only son of two dot­ing par­ents (Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow), Tim Tem­ple­ton spends most of his wak­ing hours im­mersed in a rich and vivid imag­i­nary world.

It’s hardly sur­pris­ing, then, that his ver­sion of the events sur­round­ing his baby brother’s life-al­ter­ing ar­rival takes a fa­mil­iar nar­ra­tive in wild and un­ex­pected new di­rec­tions.

Boss Baby is an alien crea­ture who ex­erts some kind of strange and malev­o­lent power over Tim’s mother and fa­ther, caus­ing them be­have in an odd and un­char­ac­ter­is­tic man­ner.

Tim’s feel­ings of aban­don­ment are also in­stantly recog­nis­able.

But Boss Baby (Bald­win) also wears a suit and tie, car­ries a brief­case.

Tim’s sus­pi­cions that his in­fant brother is not what he seems are con­firmed when he catches his sib­ling one night on the phone to “head of­fice”.

Boss Baby works for an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pops out ba­bies on a con­veyor belt, dis­patch­ing them to wait­ing fam­i­lies with min­i­mal fuss.

Re­cently, how­ever, Baby Corp has been los­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of its mar­ket share to tail-wag­ging puppy dogs.

It’s Boss Baby’s mis­sion to rem­edy this in­tol­er­a­ble state of af­fairs.

The film is jaun­tily paced and the an­i­ma­tion is beau­ti­fully ren­dered. The baby assem­bly line, for ex­am­ple, is a heav­enly com­bi­na­tion of cute­ness and hu­mour.

- Sun­shine Coast Daily.

PHOTO: DREAMWORKS

MISCHIEF: A scene from Boss Baby.

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