Saturday, November 12, 2011

Puss in Boots review

Puss in Boots is the latest attempt by Dreamworks to recharge the Shrek franchise. This spin off will probably make enough money to get another Shrek-related film out of Dreamworks, but any new film will never be better than the first two films. Puss in Boots is a spin off of the character voiced by Antonio Banderas in the last three Shrek films. The film stars Puss as an outlaw in Spain. He learns of magic beans that two other outlaws, Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris) have. The beans have the power to grow a huge tree that leads to land where a Golden Goose poops golden eggs. He intends to steal the beans and get the eggs. He later teams up with Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifinakis) and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) to steal the eggs and get rich.

The animation is dazzling and that is probably the biggest plus of the film. The scenery is great and along with Cars 2, wins my award for best of the year. It also has a lot of fun action scenes. Those are a ton of fun and another big plus.

Unfortunately, there are a lot more bad things about the film than there are good things. Firstly, the movie is not that funny. The Shrek films are typically noted for keeping away from more kiddie humor and having humor that adults can enjoy too. It's more bathroom humor and crotch shots that make you roll your eyes. Secondly, the film's plot is stupid and paper-thin. There were a lot better ways to tell this story but instead they went for a more fairy tale route. The film takes a good amount of time to develop the story between Puss and Humpty, but we learn barely anything about both Kitty Softpaws and Jack and Jill. Characters would also pop in at weird moments and you'll go "hey, where did she come from?!".

Puss in Boots is an enjoyable film to watch but if you're looking for good, quality animation similar to Kung Fu Panda 2 or How To Train Your Dragon, you won't find it here. Kids will surely love the film, but adults won't really enjoy it that much. It's more like the last Shrek than the first two.

THE FINAL GRADE:  C-                                           (5.2/10)

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