Friday, November 04, 2011

Puss in Boots 3D

Last week my Mom was in town for Halloween, the little guy was very excited and we had a whole fun weekend plan, but then the snow started falling. Yes, you heard right I said snow. Saturday ended up being a bust so we decided to brave the flurry and go see a movie. Honestly it was only a couple of inches but it was weird seeing fresh snow on green covered trees. Nathan had been anticipating this flick for a few weeks and my Mom has a somewhat unhealthy obsession with Antonio Banderas so our choices were rather limited. But overall I think the movie went over well with the little one. He's got a fascination with cats all of a sudden so I think that enhanced his enjoyment even more.
This, I assume, is a pre-quel of sorts about Puss and Boots (Antonio Banderas) sans Shrek. Puss finds himself on the run from the law and we get a little origin story about his life on the lam. Puss finds himself helping an old colleague Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) search for the Magic Beans from Jack and the Beanstalk in order to find the Goose who lays the Golden Eggs. He gets an assist from a mysterious ally of Humpty's Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), and I suppose a little romance as well. There also has to be a big bad and in this story it's Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris) who play oafish murdering criminals also on the hunt for the magic beans. The voice talents involved were pretty good but the script was lacking a bit. It was a nice departure from the Shrek series and Puss is certainly a better Protagonist then Mike Myer's Shrek who after at least two films became increasingly annoying with his bad puns. In this case the funniest running gag in the film as with the previous Shrek films is Puss' ability to switch from uber swashbuckling hero to a cute adorable house cat and back again. It makes it even funnier when it appears that instinctively he can't even help himself even though he knows better.
It was a fun flick for the whole family myself included. There were some things for the adults that would fly over the kids heads and the story was simple and fun enough for the kids to enjoy as well. There is a glut of Kids films on the way and other than the Muppets I don't see any of the other ones holding a candle to this very cute and entertaining animated film.
Grade: 3 Buckets

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