Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
High Desert Daily
(Victorville) It is all about the boots: Puss in Boots that is. The feisty feline from the Shrek films has made the jump to his own feature film, but does the film live up to the expectations, or is it outnumbered in its nine lives?
DreamWorks rolls out this action packed feature in time for the start of the holiday season. The films boasts a cast of voice actors that aims to astound: of course, Antonio Banderas reprises the roll of Puss, he is joined by Salma Hayek, who voices the Puss’s love interest, Kitty Softpaws, and Zach Galifianakis, who brings to life Humpty Dumpty. Banderas delivers a perfect performance, as does the entire cast. Such talent as amassed here shines through brightly, as does the fairy tale inspired story.
The film gives insight to who Puss is, where he came from, and the all-important question: where did he get those boots? We meet Kitty Softpaws, an agile thief who is working for Humpty, who has a very delicate past with Puss. The plot of the story focuses on the magical beans of lore, now in the possession of a very different Jack and Jill. The takes on the well-known characters such as Jack, Jill and the Golden Goose are superbly done, and make for quite a treat of a film.
One thing I think most will find a tad disappointing is that there is no cameo by everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek. Yet, the wonderful cast of the film does not seem to need the outside help. Humpty, Little Boy Blue, Mother Goose, and of course, Puss, bring everything you would expect from this film and more. The line between animated character and animal is crossed many times, which makes for some wonderful scenes, like the dance off fight near the beginning which feature some all too familiar common actions we all know from our real life feline friends.
From the beginning all the way to the end, the story grabs hold of you and takes you on an action packed, twisted fairy tale. It fleshes out the character of Puss, which creates a real connection between the audience and the character on screen. If you are looking for a great-animated film for the whole family this season, then I cannot recommend Puss in Boots enough: one of the best-animated films of 2011, right up there with Rango.