“Puss in Boots” is Fluffy and Funny, Mostly

Genres: Kids/Family, Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: October 28th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some adventure action and mild rude humor.

Director: Chris Miller

JJ Rating: B+

Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) looks for the magical beans to go up, up and away. However, Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) ruins that moment. Come to find out Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) wanted to get back in touch with his long lost friend Puss in Boots to help get the magical beans together, like old times. Puss in Boots.

8 Good Things About this Film

  1. Many, many funny things go on with attitude.
  2. I enjoy the creativity of these films with Fairy Tales. Jack and Jill as villains, that's genius.
  3. The chemistry between Banderas as Puss in Boots and Hayek as Kitty Softpaws was charming and endearing as it needed to be.
  4. Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty was good and worked because I didn't think of him when he spoke, even though I should have because he didn't alter his voice. I don't like when actors just use their voice for animated characters, cause it sometimes ruins the magic.
  5. The scene with all the cats was funny. The Oooh cat was great.
  6. Puss in Boots drinking milk after making a serious statement kills me. It's that kind of quirky behavior that makes Puss in Boots a good film.
  7. The animation is better than the last time. Humpty Dumpty's facial expressions were very humanlike. I'm assuming that's what they wanted. That was part of the reason I could forget Galifianakis was the voice because Humpty Dumpty was animated like a human.
  8. I'm glad they keep the Puss in Boots big eye display. Good scene. He'd be a great cat to have. He could protect the house better than a dog, and that would be a first.

2 Bad Things About this Film

  1. Some of the comedy was a tad too sexual. I 'm well aware that's the “Shrek” way, but seriously, why? Disney works for me when they have great comedy without touching sexual things or double meaning things...It's not that hard. Haha. Never mind.
  2. The over dramatic moments when Puss in Boots recalls his past with Humpty Dumpty were too dry. They didn't have enough feeling. These films tend to have the ability to make people laugh, but they don't have the ability to bring out heart or emotion. It's lackluster.

I bought the new Winnie the Pooh movie not because the animation was impeccable and realistic, but because the storyline is something I could watch over and over again and enjoy...all the while laughing at the great jokes that I still laugh at. Puss in Boots was a very good film, but it lacks that durability. It's like a shirt that's awesome until it gets washed. Then it starts to show wear and fade. After watching Puss and Boots once, seeing it again wouldn't be the same or as good. That's something Dreamworks can't seem to fix. I don't know if they'll ever create an animated film I'll ever want to watch more than once.  

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