"Puss in Boots", is a 3D animated adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation, the makers of the "Shrek" series. Directed by Chris Miller ("Shrek the Third"), and produced by Guillermo del Toro ("Splice", "Blade II", "Pan's Labyrinth"), the feature stars Antonio Banderas as Puss and Salma Hayek as the love interest, Kitty. The film is based on and follows the character of "Puss in Boots" from "Shrek" and his adventures before his first appearance in 2004's "Shrek 2". The prequel's story centers on the swashbuckling cat and how he comes to meet Shrek and his friends, while introducing its colorful new characters.
Review By Elaine Ewe
It is a great year for animated movies, with the addition of "Puss in Boots" to the current line-up of "Rango" and "Kung Fu Panda". It would not be too far a stretch to say that fans have been waiting for a spin-off starring the whimsical feline ever since his debut in "Shrek 2" and rest assured, the wait is well-worth it.
While "Puss in Boots" is not deep or groundbreaking, it certainly has energy, charm and wit. The story is peppered with pop culture references, with the movie itself crafted to be homage to Banderas' 1998 "The Mask of Zorro". Simple and full of heart, there is no loose end to be seen, and it is marvellous how they managed to seamlessly weave the use of fairy tales and its characters, such as Jack and Jill, Jack and the Beanstalk, to name a few.
The cast is also perfectly suited for their characters, with Banderas voicing the titular Puss in Boots, Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws and Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Alexander Dumpty. Considering that almost all the speaking characters has a Spanish accent, or a something similarly-sounding, I found it appropriate the they used Zach's voice for Humpty Dumpty, and whose earnestness further highlights Humpty's identity issues.
There are fewer characters than there were in "Shrek", which also means that no one is idle here. Every character has their own role in the feline hero's story to play. To put it simply, while the story is believable and fun, especially the dance scene, the morally-cracked Humpty is the one that provides the film's emotional ride. This is a movie where its cast takes precedence over the story, delivering lines after lines of hilarity and wisecracks.
The CGI scenes also have their moments. Every now and then a scene comes out that utilizes their 3D status, so it does not feel as if the movie was merely made to cater to the 3D trend. However, it is not necessary to watch the movie in 3D to be able to enjoy it. For those who are wondering, yes, Malay and Chinese subtitles are provided in the 3D version.
Overall, "Puss in Boots" is a consistently pleasing movie, and more entertaining than the last two instalments in the "Shrek" series. Kids and adults alike will definitely enjoy this latest effort from Dreamworks, so give it a go.
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