The Boss Baby (U)

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 8/FILM - ON GEN­ERAL RE­LEASE ALISTAIR HARK­NESS

2/5

There are some crazy the­o­ries do­ing the rounds that the big new an­i­mated kids’ film The Boss Baby is sting­ing satire of Don­ald Trump. It’s not.

Sure, it may be amus­ing to think of a film in which a petu­lant, busi­ness-suit-wear­ing baby dis­rupt­ing the har­mony of his new fam­ily is a sly metaphor for Amer­ica’s 45th Pres­i­dent and the havoc he’s wreaked on the world since tak­ing of­fice.

And yes, the cast­ing of Alec Bald­win as the voice of said baby lends an ex­tra fris­son of play­ful­ness given he’s cur­rently Night Live.

But Bald­win’s cast­ing owes more to his iconic per­for­mance in Glen­garry Glen Ross than any real fore­sight on the part of the film­mak­ers and the satir­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions are more the re­sult of grasp­ing-at-straws columnists who’ve per­haps read the premise but likely haven’t ac­tu­ally had to sit through this rather weak and non­sen­si­cal fam­ily film.

The main prob­lem is that in (loosely) adapting Marla Frazee’s 2010 picture book, the no­tion of a pre-teen sib­ling view­ing the ar­rival of his new baby brother in terms of a hos­tile take-over overex­tends a bril­liant short­film idea into a gib­ber­ish, over-com­pli­cated and, sadly, des­per­ately un­funny fea­ture.

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