Movie Review: Puss in Boots – it’s an origin story

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Puss in Boots movie ~ DreamWorks Animation

My little first grader and I saw a free movie screening of Puss in Boots (DreamWorks Animation) last Saturday. If you’ve seen the Shrek films, then you know Puss is the somewhat lovable cat that was hired to kill Shrek. This movie is about how Puss became an outlaw and how he got his name. The story takes place before Puss met Shrek and Donkey. Bottom line: the animated movie is cute, funny, and will appeal to people of all ages. However, younger kids might not understand some of the humor because some jokes are aimed at adults and older children. The 90-minute Puss in Boots movie is rated PG and will open in theaters this Friday (October 28th).

Part western, part swashbuckling, and part fairy tale
Puss in Boots features multiple themes in the movie. At times the story seems to be a cowboy western (reminded me of Clint Eastwood’s old spaghetti westerns). Other times it seems like Puss is a swashbuckling musketeer. Then there’s the fairy tale element of Puss and Humpty Dumpty trying to get their hands on three magic beans so they can steal the goose that lays the golden eggs.

Unexpected ending
I don’t want to spoil the ending, but it was unexpected. Puss in Boots actually features many twists on various fairy tales. There are elements of the original fairy tales in there, but the movie adds its own twist to the fairy tales.

The goose that poops golden eggs
In Puss in Boots, the goose that laid the golden egg is actually a baby goose (looked like a chick). In addition, the gosling doesn’t lay eggs. The movie seems to imply the gosling poops out golden eggs. Maybe I got the wrong impression, but that’s what it seems like to me.

Where are the fairy tale creatures?
The movie features Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill (a married couple), Little Boy Blue, Jack (and the beanstalk), the Goose that laid the golden eggs, and a few other fairy tale characters. Other than that, there were not that many fairy tale creatures. There were no ogres, witches, gingerbread man, dragon, Pinocchio, or other characters featured in the Shrek series.

More of the same from Antonio Banderas
Just like in the Shrek movies, Antonio Banderas does an excellent job as the voice of Puss in Boots. The film also feature the voices of Salma Hayek (Kitty Softpaws and love interest), Zach Galifianakis (Humpty Dumpty — Puss’ friend), Billy Bob Thornton (Jack), Amy Sedaris (Jill), and Constance Marie (Imelda – Puss’s human mother).

Available in 3D and IMAX
We saw the movie in 3D and enjoyed it. I didn’t think the 3D effects were spectacular (I rarely do). But If you enjoy 3D, you probably won’t be disappointed.

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