Movie Review: The Boss

Movie Review: The Boss

A review of the new movie The Boss

The Boss

Directed By: Ben Falcone

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Annie Mumolo, Kirsten Schaal, Margo Martindale, Kathy Bates

Sullywood Rating: 7/10

My Thoughts:

I’m seeing a trend with Melissa McCarthy movies.  While you might think I’m going to say that the trend is that she plays the same character that’s loud and obnoxious in every movie, you’re close.  It seems to me though that the trend is that people believe that is what every Melissa McCarthy role is like, instead of seeing the movies and forming their own opinion.

I’m guilty of it.  I want to say ever since The Heat, Melissa McCarthy has played the same character for the past 5 films.  But that’s not fair to Melissa or the movies she’s starred in, and it’s not even true frankly.  I’ve made that assumption and I did so once again the week before I saw The Boss.  I caught my first viewing of McCarthy’s last film Spy and I can say that it was completely enjoyable.  McCarthy’s character was very different than what I’ve seen in the past or what I assumed the character would be.

Why am I babbling about this?  Good question.  The short answer is because once again, I believe people have made this same assumption I’ve been rambling about with the new comedy The Boss.

Sure, McCarthy plays a strong character that curses, falls down stairs, and is at times cartoonishly unbelievable.  But can’t we say the same about all of Will Ferrell’s movies, double standard alert.  The one difference I find in a lot of her movies is that her characters also have a heart.

Her portrayal of Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is caught in insider trading and loses everything, is at times hilarious, frustrating, but actually……tear inducing.  There are a few scenes I found myself choked up a bit.  This was mainly due to Darnell’s small backstory and the effects it has on her ability to connect with others in the future.  I know….how cliche.  But for a troupe that is so cliche, McCarthy sure had me locked in at times.

As far as performances go, McCarthy is obviously the star and she does a great job carrying the load for the film.  But the supporting cast of Kristen Bell, Ella Anderson, and Tyler Labine provide a great team to cheer for as well.  Bell’s straight laced Claire provides the necessary ying to McCarthy’s Darnell’s yang.  Really the only character I didn’t get behind was Darnell’s rival in the film, played by Peter Dinklage.  How dare you not bow down to the almighty Dinklage!!!!! I know, I know right.  But really I thought his character and his shtick fell flat to me.

What really drives this movie is the dialogue.  Especially whenever McCarthy and Annie Mumolo’s Helen are in a room together.  The whole cast is fluid with their deliveries and their timing is perfect in a lot of the scenes.  The story isn’t going to keep you on the edge of your seat, but trust me when I say the dialogue might have you falling out of it.  Also, the voice and message of this movie, as small as it might be hidden behind comedy….packs a punch, and should be a surprisingly good motivator for the younger female generation.

Overall, this movie was a joy to watch and dare I say…..cute.  This is just my opinion, but the ratings and reviews you’ll see on the major sites are wrong and probably skewed by the same people who are assuming this is a terrible movie to begin with, without actually seeing the film.

So once again, I’m seeing an unfortunate trend with Melissa McCarthy movies, but she is most definitely not the problem.