Friday, October 28, 2011

Movie Review: Puss in Boots

Finally, Shrek’s swashbuckling sidekick got his big break by having his own spinoff animated movie, Puss in Boots. Puss first appeared in Shrek 2 where most of the characters’ fairytale and nursery rhyme stories were jumbled up in one hilarious blockbuster hit. In the movie Puss in Boots, other than what children’s books share, a lot of things will be revealed on how the “outlaw” cat ended up wearing the cowhide leather boots.

Just like the movie Shrek, this spinoff franchise story is also a mix of fairytale characters like Humpty Dumpty, voiced by Zach Galifianakis, whose character depicts a semi-sinister personality much like the one Zach played in the movie Hangover. Kitty Softpaws, voiced by Selma Hayek is a perfect match to portray Puss’ action sidekick who eventually emerged into his love interest. Jack and Jill, voiced by Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris respectively, are the villains, revealing the “true nature” of the familiar nursery rhymes’ clumsy duo.

Coming up with a spinoff movie was a good call because the movie Shrek was not getting any better and the final installment in 3D was not as spectacular as expected. So, movie followers wanted a fresh scenario as do Dreamworks which needed a fresh exciting comeback.

The Puss movie is actually a prequel to Shrek. Somehow, it gave the character of the swashbuckling cat a context and origin. Of course, nobody would be fitting for the role but the charismatic voice of Antonio Banderas himself.

The story revolves in the early lives of Puss and Humpty Dumpty back in the orphanage where they met. Being best buddies right from the start, the two dreamt of magic mythical beans that will grow up to the sky where a magical goose lays golden eggs. As the two friends grew up together finding the mythical beans to no avail, they resort to different types of mischief often initiated by Humpty who is noted for his creative planning and inventions. Frustration came when the two were branded as outlaws and decided to go their separate ways.

A few years later, Puss bumped into another cat that rivals his cunningness and fighting skills -- Kitty Softpaws who happened to be in the company of his old friend Humpty Dumpty. The succeeding stories then revolve in their adventures as the three go on a quest to find the magic beans and the goose with the golden eggs.

A bit of drama takes place as some of the characters eventually unfold hidden secrets that made the story more exciting.

This CGI animated film is shot in 3D and one of the best 3D animations I’ve seen so far. I believe this film was made so that viewers can appreciate 3D even more. One of the most memorable antics was in the scene where Puss brought out his teary-cutie look to distract his opponent. The whole film was action packed but comedy was never absent. Al l the characters in the movie played their parts so well that I’m hoping to see another installment of Puss in the near future.

*Puss in Boots is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

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