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Jan 31, 2012

Review: Puss in Boots (2011)


Starring:
                  Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris, Zeus Mendoza, Constance Marie, Guillermo del Toro, Bob Joles, Robert Persichetti, Jr. and Mike Mitchell.

Directed By:
                         Chris Miller.



Review:
                So here we have another animated adventure movie by DreamWorks Animation, the same studio that brought you Shrek and this is a spin off from Shrek. This movie focuses on the scene stealing character Puss in Boots as the name suggests with no connection or reference to its original movie. I am happy he got his own movie, i mean it was about the time someone did that. So this movie revolves around Puss in Boots and his adventures accompanied by Humpty (Alexander) Dumpty and Kitty Softpaws, both voiced by Zach Galifianakis and Salma Hayek respectively. In a town while escaping from bounty hunter, Puss discovers that outlaws Jack and Jill have those magic beans he have been looking for his whole life. Those magical beans are said to lead you ti a giant castle having a golden eggs lying goose. In his attempt to steal, he meets a masked cat and both their attempt fails. He follows the cat to a cat club where after a dance off and a sword fight, he finds out that the masked cat is a girl, Kitty soft paws. He also meets his childhood friend Humpty Dumpty who betrayed him in the past back when they were both in a Orphange. But somehow Humpty convinces Puss for a plan to take the beans from Jack and Jill together, they does that and plants the beans in the appropriate spot where they are lead to the clouds and the castle and of course, the treasure which is those golden eggs. How this animated movie works so great from the very first watch even though its a original movie, in a way not connected to Shrek or anything and Puss' popularity aside is that it actually is a full on adventure movie with some wild twists and turns that keeps you entertained and glued throughout the movie.



             That isn't the end, Humpty Dumpty is still behind everything, why? How? you should must see it yourself. It is definitely an animated movie worth watching. It may not be very deep or emotionally rich storytelling like Pixar's movies but it provides enough action, adventure and fun which makes it a good experience. I would really say that after the disappointing last entry into the Shrek franchise, this really felt like a great change. I wasn't quite interested in any more animated movies after the disappointing year for them, Rango is an exception for sure. I saw this movie with minimum expectations and it really turned out quite good. This movie is immensely funny with packed humor, punches and one liners. That is where i come to talk about Antonio Banderas, my goodness, just like Johnny Depp for Rango, he provides the perfect voice-over for Puss. Its like Banderas was born to provide voice to Puss, he is hilarious and just superbly fun. Also Salma Hayek and Zach were good but i am not sure about the others.


               There is some great visual work in this movie, i love the whole adventurous story and it works very well. There are some good scenes like the flamenco dance off between Puss and Kitty and all the other numerous sword fights, chases and what not. It has the whole fairytale/western charm, once again not too deep but highly amusing.

Grade: B-