Movie Review: Puss in Boots (2011)

Posted: May 28, 2012 in Animation, Comedy
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Puss (Antonio Banderas) is a swashbuckling cat who has a way with the ladies.  He runs into former friend Humpty Dumpty (Zack Galifianakis) who has hatched a plan to get some magic beans from Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris)  grow a beanstalk and get golden eggs from the golden goose. But Puss wants nothing to do with Humpty, because when they were orphans, Humpty tricked Puss into driving the getaway cart while Humpty was robbing the town bank.  That escapade landed both in jail, and Puss gets kicked out of town, with no chance to redeem himself. When Humpty comes back, Puss realizes that Jack and Jill are nasty, greedy, people, and maybe Humpty’s turned over a new leaf.  Maybe he can use the golden eggs to pay off the bank debt to the town and maybe then all would be forgiven.  Besides that, Humpty’s got a hot new sidekick named Kitty Softpaws. (Salma Hayek)  Getting those eggs would be a good way to impress Kitty.  Does he do it?  Is Humpty on the up and up? Or is this one of his many schemes to enrich himself and leave Puss holding the bag?

This is a great movie, a simple story, that never loses its sense of humor or sense of adventure, there are enough jokes for both kids and adults.  Antonio Banderas is surprisingly funny as Puss, he has excellent comic timing.  Salma Hayek is also very good, and the two play off each other very well, their chemistry is outstanding, like they know what the other is going to say before they say it.  Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris give Jack and Jill a backwoods menace, and they are drawn with a scowl, in case people don’t know how nasty they are.  Galifianikus is less good, his voice is non-descript, and in a cartoon, one needs a distinctive voice, but he plays a sufficiently greedy conniving, cracked egg, so that the viewer never quite knows if he’s a good guy or a bad guy.  The animation is superb, I really love these SKG films because the animation is so good.  There is also a wonderful message about redemption and judging others too harshly.

Puss In Boots.  The Cat’s Meow.

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