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It isn't deep or groundbreaking, but what it lacks in profundity, Puss in Boots more than makes up for with an abundance of wit, visual sparkle, and effervescent charm.
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It's all amiable stuff, with a perfectly decent script, and the feline hero lapping his milk gets an indulgent laugh.
'Puss in Boots' is uneven, but when it's on course, cat fans will be in heaven.
The moment that Puss made his debut in Shrek 2, dramatically voiced by Antonio Banderas, and all but walked away with the picture, it was clear that DreamWorks Animation had created a resonant character.
Puss in Boots prances along on three basic truths. One, cats are funny. Two, vain Spanish cats in high-heeled musketeer boots are even funnier. Lastly, booted, vain Spanish cats voiced by a breathy Antonio Banderas are flat-out hilarious.
An almost purr-fect little film that even a dog owner can enjoy.
It would overstate matters to say Puss in Boots leaves its cat holding the bag (we had to get that in). But it also leaves its hero awaiting a richer fable, one befitting his charms and his portrayer's talents.
This film feels like less of an event and more like ancillary marketing. Still, it moves along briskly, Banderas is pleasing company, and we already mentioned the flamenco-dancing cats, right?
Banderas in particular is pitch perfect as the feline Latin lover. Half-Zorro, and half-Don Juan, the key to his performance is playing it fairly straight.
It doesn't rely on annoying pop references or scenes of shameless schmaltz. Credit is probably due to executive producer Guillermo del Toro.
The tight, focused script ensures that the crazier aspects of the film aren't superfluous and don't distract from the characters' main quest. It's also jam-packed full of hilarious jokes.
Puss in Boots may be shameless in the way it attempts to woo us through the cute appeal of its feline stars, but it goes a long way to making this film irresistible.
A refreshing departure from the "Shrek" films, this animated comedy is jam-packed with witty dialogue and charismatic characters.
Well, all I can say is well. Not in a bad or a good way, but a eh, way. This movie overall was just average, it had things I liked about it, but its definitely not the best film I've seen this year, even not the best animated film, its just average. Antonio Banderas returns as the character from the fairy tale and from the Shrek series, and he does his fine job as usual, but there are four new characters introduced. Humpty Dumpty, played by Zach Galifinakis (Hangover, Due Date,) Kitty Softpaws, played by Salma Hayek (Frida,) and the two crooks Jack and Jill, played by Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. I liked Salma as Kitty, she does a very good job at pulling off her emotions with this character, and how she reacts to puss, and Zach was just okay as Humpty, but Billy Bob and Amy didn't really do it for me. The main problem I have with this film is that its to predictable, it has so many things that we've already seen in other animated movies, and I could practically tell what was going to happen the whole film, which rarely through a loop at me. The humor is decent, the music is great, and the animation is still very good, but that doesn't help the films low entertainment value and some dumb characters. If you like animated films or have small kids, you might enjoy this film, but me I just thought it was an average animated film.
My overall rating
3*s out of 5
It's enough to expand its Shrek universe and embrace its surprisingly charming side-character. Puss in Boots' solid CGI, star-studded voice cast and loveable charm hides the hairball of mishaps in plot that congested the film. 3.5/5
In reviewing Puss N Boots I'm going to forego all the weak cat or fairy tale puns (and gee, I just know you were waiting for some).
What you have here is a spin off from the Shrek franchise (what's next, the Gingerbread Man Tales?), where the cat is the focus, front and center. A smart move, for, aside from Eddie Murphy's scatter gun humor as Donkey, the rest of the aforementioned franchise cannot hold a candle to Antonio Banderas' suave turn as Puss.
The opening scenes are pure brilliance - high animation equaling the production values of Pixar - that the film cannot, and chooses not to maintain that level - shrug - what can I say? Regardless, those beginning scenes, with Banderas' lovely accented voiceover narration are worth the price of admission by itself. There are beautiful flights of humorous fancy on display, including homage to Sergio Leone and spaghetti western split screen.
However, after that brilliant opening 15 minutes, the film cannot sustain it (think the 2nd half of "Up", or Wall-E for further examples). Overall the story is a bit cliché, reaching 3rd grade levels of a morality and redemption type tale... and, ya know, Humpty really started to get on my nerves (which I suppose was intended, but still!!!!).
In typical Dreamwork/Shrek fashion, several fairy tales and fairy tale characters get a kick in the shorts, and actually that's part of the fun. Seeing Jack and Jill as a couple of gross thieves was a hoot, and their time on screen was about the only thing holding up the middle part of the film, which failed miserably in concocting anything magical during the scenes taking place in the Giant's castle (of Jack and The Beanstalk fame). Of course the script limited itself by first proclaiming that the Giant was dead, and secondly by failing to reveal the monsterous threat (deciding to keep that secret until later). When the monster finally makes an appearance, threatening to destroy the town of San Rodrigo, the towering, hulking figure made me think of Godzilla and my feeble brain started paraphrasing the lyric to Blue Oyster Cult's song Godzilla: "oh no, there goes Rodrigo" (see, there's a pun in here after all).
I have failed to mention, that aside of the Humpty Dumpty/ Puss dynamic there is also some kitty love - as Salma Hayek voices Kitty Softpaws, who, to use the olden day western vernacular, is a thief with a heart of gold. The interplay between Hayek and Banderas works well, and really, overall this film is good fun. Brilliant? Not quite; held back a bit by the simplistic tale at its core, but certainly with enough good animation and truly funny moments to entertain young and old (I mean, who wouldn't laugh at the suave, posing Puss ordering a glass of milk and then, instead of drinking it, daintally laps it out of a shot glass with his tongue?).
Puss in Boots avoids all of the flaws of the last two Shrek movies, and revitalizes the universe in a shockingly good movie that is beautifully animated, hilariously mature, and stylish enough to make up for its spin-off nature.
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