Is it hot in here or is it just me?
Director: Chris Miller
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris and more.
Genre: Action | Animation | Comedy
Synopsis: Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss In Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. Its the adventure of nine lifetimes!
Review: Indeed, that aforementioned über cute quote tickled my funny bone. No points for guessing why it must be labelled “cute” and not say, wannabe? It is the most good-looking cat I have ever known in the whole world, Puss in Boots, and I cannot stop drooling all over his pictures. He is a purr-fect example of a suave, charming ladies’ man who will make a woman’s heart flutter! Add to that a fantastic voice over by the man who has given Puss his voice since Dreamworks’ Animation gave us Shrek 2, Antonio Banderas. It is also quite evident how Puss and Antonio Banderas have so much in common. They both are good-looking males, casanovas (Antonio’s usual depiction onscreen), and speak Spanish!
Dreamworks’ Animation continues pleasing its loyal audiences one movie after another, Shrek being its most famous offering with a glimpse of so many fairy tale characters which are quite endearing. A complete animation movie fan can tell what has been superbly done and which movie didn’t quite make it, for watching and enjoying movies is as much an art as it is judging your current wardrobe and the food items that should make it to your dining tables. With every film, we have noticed an improvement in the CG (ofcourse, it is the advancement in technology) but there is one factor which remains a constant, the moral that each story carries with it. From lessons about friendship (Madagascar, Shrek), family (Shrek Series), self-Motivation (Kung Fu Panda) we have seen it all, albeit very cutely portrayed by each of those characters. It is a well-known fact that an animated film takes a lot of years to become the final product we get to enjoy on the screen. Puss In Boots is one of those marvels created that shall be a favorite amongst many. This movie has also been a talk of the town for a long time considering some sequences were created at Dreamworks’ Animation’s Indian studio in association with Technicolor India. Chris Miller recreates the magic.
Puss In Boots as legend knows was only known as “Puss” before he was honoured with those boots. It is like being knighted, with boots, a sign of honour! The fairytale connections were super, as were the Bollywood-style portions between mother and son (close resemblance to the Nirupa Roy moments in the movies made in the ’70s), friends and lovers. A very well connected movie from start to end, including the Flamenco dance sequence between the cats. Salma Hayek did a great job as Puss’s love interest, Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Alexander Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) was funny and wimpy, he justified the role, he wasn’t meant to be liked till Puss tries to change him. What was amiss was how Puss In Boots met Shrek since this was a prequel to the Shrek series as was marketed. What I now wonder is, will we see a Donkey story also?
All in all, a fantastic watch for the whole family. Kudos to the swashbuckling cat. Fear him if you dare!
Enjoy it in 2D/ 3D/ 3D IMAX.
Verdict: Fantastic Bollywood-style drama in CG, made me smile throughout!