Sunday, November 13, 2011
Puss in Boots Review.
It was simply a matter of time before this funny, fiesty, sword slinging feline got a movie of his own. Ever since he slinked on to the scene in Shrek II, the cute little cat with the flair and mentality of a hot blooded Spanish outlaw quickly rose to become one of the most popular characters in the franchise. With the Shrek movies seemingly having come to an end, it only made sense for Dreamworks to want to exploit the popularity of its furry, whiskererd anti-hero in a spin-off movie.
Now, it should be noted that I am a cat lover so it was next to impossible for me to view the movie impartially, but preferences aside I must admit that I was completely charmed by the story and its host of memorable characters.
Set some time before his adventures with Shrek. Puss in Boots tells the story of the pointy eared Latin firebrand living life on the run as a bandit hunted by the law. In his daring escapades, Puss crosses paths with an estranged friend, Humpty Dumpty, who convinces Puss to help him steal some magic beans which are the key to finding the real treasure, golden eggs inside a fabled castle resting in the clouds. The only problem is that the beans are safegaurded by Jack and Jill. A rough looking couple no one else is in a hurry to cross paths with. There to assist the two on their dangerous mission is Kittie Soft Paws, a sneaky little minx who proves to be quite the match for the match for the movies booted protagonist.
Plain and simple this movie was just a ton of fun for both children and adults. Although it consists of mainly of talking animals and fairy tale characters the movie never becomes too silly and the characters and their motivations are each unique and interesting. The story and its innovative twists on classic fairy tale figures is clever and engaging all the way through and the voice actors (Antonio Banderas, Selma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis) who bring the characters to life do a fantastic job. I went to see this with my Grandmother and we both had a great time watching it. I would recommend Puss in Boots to anyone even if, heaven forbid, they are not a cat lover.