Review: ‘The Boss’ is an Overbearing Comedy with Forced Laughs
“The Boss” is far from Melissa McCarthy’s best comedy.
While you can expect a slapstick form of comedy from Melissa McCarthy films, “The Boss” falls into the realm of predictable and awkward. There are a few redeeming factors throughout the film but they are few and far between. So let’s find out why the bad outweighs the good in this film.
Cinematics (Cinematography, Acting, Story, Etc.) – 1.5
“The Boss” has a plot that’s predictable for this type of comedy which is simple but not the problem. The problem lies in the disjointed transitions that occur throughout the story. There’s a brief introduction to Michelle’s (McCarthy) past and and even more brief period regarding her reign as a rich mogul. The story starts to lack depth because the point is to show her adapting to a new lifestyle yet there’s no perspective. Her struggle doesn’t have the comedic impact that it should have because there are no grounds for comparison. How was her life of luxury different from her current situation? Where is the emotional impact of growing up in an orphanage?
In addition, the story finds itself supplemented by two main characters that lack chemistry. I think Melissa McCarthy can be amazing and have commended her performance in the past. Kristen Bell has been adequate in the roles she’s played as well. But the two of these actresses together do not mesh which leads to a subpar performance from both. You may think that acting has little impact on the comedic qualities of a film but when it comes to “The Boss,” they have to rely on catching you off guard which they never do. The only redeeming factor of this film would be Peter Dinklage. He is so charismatic in every role he plays and his performance left me yearning for more from Kristen Bell and Melissa McCarthy. He was the reason for my only laugh throughout the film.
Overall I felt “The Boss” was a lackluster comedy accompanied by lackluster performances. Even knowing Melissa McCarthy’s style of comedy did not prepare me for the disappointment of this film.
Entertainment Value – 2.5
The lack of comedy definitely plays a factor to the entertainment value of the film, but there is still some entertainment to be found. The concept itself is entertaining if you can get past the lack of vested value in the story. Some of the shock value moments, despite feeling forced, are entertaining from a presentation perspective. It may be how ridiculous they are that kept me engaged, but nonetheless the moments did keep me from walking out of the theater.
Also, as previously stated, Peter Dinklage brings some humor to the film. If the film was entirely about his character then it would probably have been comedy gold. Unfortunately we only got tidbits of him and I won’t spoil the best parts so that you may find some solace in “The Boss” if you still decide to venture out to the theater.
Re-Watchability – 2
The redeeming factors of this film do little to satiate one’s cinematic appetite. There may be some value in re-watching the film for die hard Melissa McCarthy fans but even then I would say it’s better as background noise.
"The Boss" is an interesting concept that had the potential to setup Melissa McCarthy for her style of comedy. Unfortunately that setup does not play out as expected and the film is filled with a lot of forced humor in a lackluster package.