Young Tim’s parents, Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow – The Girl on the Train), work for Puppy Co. A place specialising in keeping people happy with the love of puppies. Run by CEO Francis Francis (Steve Buscemi – Hotel Transylvania 2, Khumba), who has a dasterdly plot that has taken him years to set in motion. Narrated by an older Tim, we are soon wrapped up in a story that starts when a new baby brother is delivered to Tim (Miles Christopher Bakshi).
This new baby is no ordinary baby. Not at all. He arrives in a taxi, wears a suit, and carries a briefcase. He is one of the few babies selected for management, instead of being part of the family. He, is a Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin – Concussion, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation). He’s tough, takes charge, and mom and dad don’t notice a thing. Having secret meetings with other babies, and plotting something very secretive. Tim tries to warn others, but who would believe the cute new baby is anything but an adorable little bundle of fun.
The film has a story that one can become totally absorbed in, catering to both younger and older audiences. The plot is simple enough for children to follow, yet can certainly not be deteremined before the first act is up.
However, a very unfortunate thing with all too many cinemas in South Africa, is that they are so often not set up correctly to show 3D films, and this was yet again one of those times. Instead of projecting the Read3D film, viewed through polarised glasses, the picutre seemed more like an amaglyph screening of days gone by, washing the entire image in one eye with a luminous green, and the other eye bathed in amber. Watching without glasses meant starring mostly at very blurred images, as both the left and right visuals competed on screen. Shocking, to say the least, and with none of the cinema staff able to either correct this issue, or find someone who could. Certainly not something one would want to happen when, say, there is a big birthday party of children present, all of whom are excited to see a fun new film, and then tragedy.
The Boss Baby certainly seems as if it would be a really fun, amazaing film. The story is definitly a good one. But being unable to see most of what is happening on screen due to regular technical issues ruins both the mood, and the entire experience, leading to eye strain and headache. Hopefully audiences will be able to enjoy the film to its full extent during the upcoming school holidays.
The Boss Baby opens 7 April 2017 in South African cinemas.