Review: Puss in Boots

April 17, 2012, 9:49 am
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You have to give Dreamworks Animation some credit, when a franchise as insanely successful as Shrek has nowhere left to go but outer space (Shrek X does have a certain ring to it), you've got to come up with a way to continue to cash in on a quartet of films that has raked in 3 billion bucks at the box office worldwide. Thank you execs for picking Puss in Boots to push on, if it had been Donkey, our relationship would be over.

The movie revolves around the mystical, magical beans that sprout the beanstalk of legend. Puss (once again Antonio Banderas in an outstanding performance) reluctantly partnering with his on-again/off-again buddy Humpty Alexander Dumpty (Jack Galifianakis). The egg aiming to steal said beans from Jack & Jill, ogres in their own right. 

The story tends to be somewhat discursive but it's the addition of one Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) that is key to keeping Puss such an entertaining romp. She's a feline outlaw in her own right, her extended dance-off with Puss in an underground speakeasy is utterly electrifying.

While 3D has far too often been an unnecessary accessory, Puss in Boots takes full advantage of the technology - the chases on rooftops are The Bourne Ultimatum taken to the oft astonishing third dimension. 

Bet the litter box that the cat in the hat will be back, Puss in Boots is fantastic family fun, both kids and adults will lap it up like a cold glass of milk.

Grade: B+

It was many moons ago in a darkened theater that my love of cinema took root as I snuck in to see my first R-rated film, Blade Runner. The futuristic vision that Ridley Scott unleashed on the screen was simply soul-expanding — spiritual even. From that moment, my mission to have that kind of magic strike again began in earnest. My hope is to be able to shine a light on films that may just have that kind of effect on you — films that may be lesser known, but not lesser in impact. 
- Erick Weber

Final Cut Scoring System
99-95% Opening night
94-90% Opening weekend
89-86% In theaters
85-83% On Demand
82-80% Netflix/Redbox
79-75% If desperate
74-70% If dozing off
69-65% If intoxicated
64-60% If comatose
Below 60% If brain dead

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