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Review: Puss in Boots

Oct. 26, 2011by: JimmyO

PLOT: PUSS IN BOOTS is a swashbuckling terror, a lover of women, and a cat out for his own gain. That is until he runs into his old egg-headed friend, and a sleek little feline named Kitty Softpaws. The trio find themselves looking for the sacred magic beans that lead to a golden goose. Once found, this little goose could make anybody who owns him rich beyond their wildest dreams.

REVIEW: One character that truly stood out in the SHREK universe was Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas). This kitty with cojones was able to wipe out his enemies with a single swish of his sword. Of course, if that didnt do the trick, how could you resist those big, lovable eyes that Pussll shine on you if necessary? Once he does, you are done for. This colorful character certainly garnered some laughs from the last few SHREK films, even if the movies failed to recreate the magic of the original feature. So what do you do with a cat with a thing for the ladies, a pair of boots and a hat? Give him his own flick, thats what.

PUSS IN BOOTS has all the makings of a fantastic family film. First off, Banderas has a knack for bringing this cute little gato to life. Second, it features some of the best 3D weve seen on film in years. The sweeping shots along the brilliant and colorful desert landscape really bring you into the picture. And finally, the less is more when it comes to pop culture references was a refreshing change of pace from SHREKS imaginary world. Yet there is something about this journey that was dry and failed to generate much excitement as Puss and friends attempt to locate some fabled magic beans.

For starters, what the hell is with Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zack Galifianakis)? Sure he sat on a wall and he had a great fall. Get the f*ck over yourself. This is the most painfully depressing animated character ever. He is only there to be a thorn in Puss paw. You can see where old egghead is going the second he arrives. And while it wasnt Galifianakis performance at all - he did a fine job - Humpty is still a dull and obvious rotten egg who was clearly cracked. Dumpty certainly bogged this story down by failing to be a very interesting fellow with a much too obvious chip in his shell.

Since so much of the film relies on the Puss and his old pal Humpty, the story didnt quite work for me. So you have one cool cat and his irksome egg friend. Yet he is unaware of the lengths that Mr. Dumpty would go through to save himself. So you have the well-meaning friend who is taken on a downward spiral by his egg-centric buddy. Puss and the egg didnt really work as well together as you would think they could have. And yes, this is a family movie so the outcome for many of the scenes is obvious. So many of the choices Dumpty and friends make are painfully bad and only carry this flick on to become, at best, a decent sequel. The whole thing with Humpty well that was just one bad egg.

As much as I felt the story dragged thanks to Humpty and friends Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sederis), there are certainly moments that charmed. The back and forth between Puss and the slick new cat on the block, Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) was irresistible. Hearing Hayek play off Banderas was just like old times (ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO and DESPERADO) and it worked very well. And speaking of kitties, the filmmakers sure had fun with how the general kittens behaved in this flick. The kitty dance off was incredibly fun, as was the entire underground cat world. Let the purring begin!

PUSS IN BOOTS is certainly a worthwhile film for children and families. Sure I didn't love it, but it features enough in the fun department to make it worth a watch if you are cat fan. While the story felt long and lacked the heart of the original SHREK, Puss manages to have a fun last half hour with a handful of charming bits throughout. It may not be the family film of the year at least you have Banderas and Hayek to liven things up.

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5:43PM on 10/31/2011
I liked it a little more than that. It was fun and entertaining. Here's the full review:

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I liked it a little more than that. It was fun and entertaining. Here's the full review:

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11:46AM on 10/27/2011
The first two Shrek movies are still brilliant. Puss is a more interesting character than either Disney OR Pixar has come up with in the past decade. And finally, Joblo is giving this movie a much lower rating than most other reviewers. Check out Rotten Tomatoes, where it has a 100% positive rating from all the "Top Critics" as they're called who have so far reviewed the movie.
Joblo just can't get it's Pixar hard on down, so they're gonna take a shit on Dreamworks every time they can. It's a
The first two Shrek movies are still brilliant. Puss is a more interesting character than either Disney OR Pixar has come up with in the past decade. And finally, Joblo is giving this movie a much lower rating than most other reviewers. Check out Rotten Tomatoes, where it has a 100% positive rating from all the "Top Critics" as they're called who have so far reviewed the movie.
Joblo just can't get it's Pixar hard on down, so they're gonna take a shit on Dreamworks every time they can. It's a damn shame, cuz Dreamworks offerings have been getting consistently better. With the exception of the Shrek sequels.
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4:58PM on 10/26/2011
No matter how good or bad, My mom will make me take her to it. But the awesome part is that she hates 3D. Right on.
No matter how good or bad, My mom will make me take her to it. But the awesome part is that she hates 3D. Right on.
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12:02PM on 10/26/2011
"It lacks heart". That's the only thing that comes to mind when I watch these Shrek sequels and spin-offs.
"It lacks heart". That's the only thing that comes to mind when I watch these Shrek sequels and spin-offs.
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11:24AM on 10/26/2011
I haven't checked into the Shrek universe since the second one, but it bothers me, there is an actual Puss in Boots fable about a peasant who gains riches through the wit of ol' Puss. Now, maybe that was played out a little in Shrek 2, but the namesake thing bothers me just a little.
I haven't checked into the Shrek universe since the second one, but it bothers me, there is an actual Puss in Boots fable about a peasant who gains riches through the wit of ol' Puss. Now, maybe that was played out a little in Shrek 2, but the namesake thing bothers me just a little.
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12:23AM on 10/27/2011
It really is mystifying that they felt the need to invent their own lame story when there was a perfectly good one sitting right in front of them.

I mean, it's in the public domain! So it's not like they needed the rights or something! Go figure
It really is mystifying that they felt the need to invent their own lame story when there was a perfectly good one sitting right in front of them.

I mean, it's in the public domain! So it's not like they needed the rights or something! Go figure
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