Alec Baldwin is precisely perfection as the voice of an authoritarian executive kid, but this animated wantonness – The Boss Baby HD full movie is stuck halfway between absurd low concept and Pixar-ish pretension.
It’s a normal feeling to want a film to be cleverer. Every once in a while, though, you might want a film to be a bit dumber too — to stay true to what it actually is. The Boss Baby HD full movie, the hilarious new 3D animated joyride from DreamWorks Animation (distributed by 20th Century Fox), is a visually lively, at times witty low-concept comedy that’s also attempting, half-heartedly, to be some kind of Pixarish masterpiece. You may end up wishing that it had been one or the other.
The main The Boss Baby characters is a crazily precocious, arrogant, walking-and-talking kid who wears a black business suit, carries a briefcase, has huge marble eyes that narrow down to malicious slits, and snaps out observations and demands in the smooth ruthless voice of Alec Baldwin, who has an uncomparable talent for making bombs-away quotes that don’t raise his pulse by a beat. The Boss Baby characters, who is never referred to anything except Boss Baby, is such a view to look at, with a blockish head that’s almost as tall as his body, and he’s willing to spit out a bunch of bold lines such as “Where’s HR when you need ’em?” or “Hate is a strong word. It’s the right word, but still…” upon being told that he dislikes someone.
The Boss Baby HD full movie was broadly inspired by Marla Frazee’s 2010 children’s book, and if the film had merely had been a feature-length “Look Who’s Talking” riff about a authoritarian infant who’s running the household like a corporate titan (a perfect metaphor for how a newborn’ parents feel — he really is a boss), it might have been a perfect disposable hoot. Back in 1989 and ’90, the critics were never in favor of the “Look Who’s Talking” movies but these critics, for once, found them more interesting than not, and there is certainly one incredible talking baby in popular culture: the arrogant, irritable, hilariously ruthless Stewie on “Family Guy” — the most genuine expression of Seth MacFarlane’s performed on that show. As a character, Boss Baby is like an executive Stewie wannabe, and though his dialogues aren’t as clever or adult scandalous, as long as you’re laughing at his flawless dictatorial display, the film is amusing enough.
But here’s what’s a bit odd and extremely complicated about it. In Frazee’s novel, Boss Baby simply is. (Just like Stewie). In The Boss Baby HD full movie he comes — from Baby Corp., a baby-making corporation in the sky that seems to be an assembly-line version of Heaven — as the younger brother of Tim (voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi, and as the movie’s grown-up, reminiscing narrator by Tobey Maguire). Tim is a seven-year-old boy who believed that life was perfect when there was just him and his parents (voiced by sweet Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow), singing him to sleep with a sing-along version of “Blackbird”. But Tim, who cherishes his penchant for make-believe by turning everything involving around him into a tale, is threatened by a newcomer, as he’s suddenly not getting the attention he desires. To him, the kid is his enemy. So the entire story we’re watching — of how Boss Baby pops up and takes over — isn’t actually real. It’s Tim’s elaborate dream of what’s taking place.
The haughtiness now makes absolute sense, and doesn’t seem all that complicated, but it still aches your head, as the director, Tom McGrath (of the “Madagascar” series), working from a script by Michael McCullers, tries to make use of the it’s-all-in-Tim’s-mind concept to turn The Boss Baby HD full movie into an alteration of “Inside Out”: not just a foolish comic trifle about an tyrannical toddler, but a timeless story of the imagination, and of how children use it to ease their painful heartache. The issue is, rather bringing us deeper into a child’s reality like the way “Inside Out” executed, The Boss Baby HD full movie is at once overly occupied and strangely separated from its reality. The arrogance remains locked on that one literal scale (though at times we see things through Tim’s parents’ perspective — just two kids having fun), and so in short we’re watching an elaborately eccentric junior buddy film that pretends to be about “experience” but is actually about throwing an overly exhausting chase comedy in the viewers’ face.
Commercially, there’s no doubt that this couldn’t work out just fine. The Boss Baby HD full movie is carefree, fast-paced, and astoundingly animated, with the sort of compliant, light-reflecting appearances that may make you think of the splendid visual textures that Brad Bird yielded in “Ratatouille.” There are irresistible pieces, like the opening Baby Corp. delivery scene, or Boss Baby’s James Brown funk walking out of his cab, or a baby action scene took inspiration from “S.W.A.T.,” or the moment leading up to the climactic point in Las Vegas that shows a hoard of Elvis impersonators whose Fat Elvis chatter is so slurry-fun it practically leaves words behind.
Still, there’s a reason explaining why The Boss Baby HD full movie still feels standard problematic and a little bit boring. It has one of those unrelenting mechanical story lines that’s all booby-trapped logistics — in this case, about how Boss Baby is on a mission to put a stop to an epidemic of puppy love. It appears the rising obsession with adorable new dog breeds is slowly taking away the love for babies, and at the Vegas Convention Center, it relies on The Boss Baby HD full movie to gather details on a new pooch soon to be launched: a creature named the Forever Puppy whose unceasing adorability represents the greatest threat. This is the definition of a clattering cartoon narrative that doesn’t matter because it highlights nothing. Whereas the story of a film like “Inside Out” — or, on a less exhilarating but still artfully affecting scale, “Finding Dory” or “Trolls” — has a natural flow.
Will kids accept The Boss Baby HD full movie? They’ll crack up at it at some parts, like a grooming montage that shows a bare-butt baby-powder fart, and they’ll fall in love with the image of The Boss Baby HD full movie, with his absurd glowering order. So will adults. But he’s a character who deserves a better installment, one that’s more interesting and ambitious.