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Puss in Boots: Movie Review

Puss in Boots

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It began a long time ago… you may want to sit down for this.

-Puss (Antonio Banderas)

Puss in Boots is back, and this time around there’s no sign of donkey, Shrek, or the usual storyline. Puss In Boots brings a fresh, rollicking, action-packed adventure to the table – abundant in sword fights, dance fights, and angry goose mothers.

The story kicks off with a Casanova-like Puss, escaping from an unknown villain at the dark of night. After a narrow escape, he ventures to a saloon for a glass of leche. Here he receives news of the infamous golden eggs, and the fantastic goose who lays them, residing in a castle far into the heavens. The only way to get there is to obtain the magical beans and plant them in a specific spot to create beanstalk. Simple, right? Until Puss learns of the bean’s current “owners,” the notorious Jack & Jill who seek the goose of legend for the great wealth it may provide. A race to obtain the beans ensues and Puss finds himself intercepted by the elusive Kitty Softpaws, who extends an offer of partnership, one that puss would readily accept…

I’ll steal you blind before you even know it. 

-Softpaws (Salma Hayek)

…if it wasn’t for his orphan “brother.”

I smell something familiar… *great whiff* … something dangerous… *contemplates* … something breakfasty… HUMPTY ALEXANDRE DUMPTY! How dare you show your face to me?

-Puss

Puss first met Humpty in an orphanage as a mere kitten, and they forged an immediate friendship and a club dedicated to tracking down the magical beans. They had many an adventure together – stealing beans from local vendors, and planting them whenever they had the chance, hoping one day to find the ones they were looking for. One day, however, a raging bull escapes from its pen and charges through the town, heading straight for an elderly woman. Puss swoops in, saves her, and consequently becomes the town hero – receiving his well known boots and cap as a reward. From this point on, Puss vowed never to steal again, an oath which Humpty observed with annoyance – for although Puss had taken the path of straight and narrow, Humpty would not, and continued to strive for his goal by whatever means necessary, even by breaking into the head soldier’s household and stealing gold so that he may escape from town. Puss arrives on the scene as Humpty hobbles out of the grounds, unaware of his theft. Humpty prompts him to drive him away, and Puss obeys. Soon, however, he realizes the depth of their situation. Soldiers chase them until they reach the town bridge, and all the while Puss furiously chides Humpty on deceiving him. The next moment, their cart overturns and the gold falls into the river. Humpty, unable to stand up, rolls around and asks Puss for help. Puss, however, regards him as a traitor and runs off, leaving him to the guards.

Present day, Humpty asks Puss to join him (and Softpaws this time around) in capturing the beans. After much hesitation and backstory, Puss agrees, wanting to use the golden eggs to pay back the villagers and head Soldier… will Puss, Humpty, and Softpaws succeed in their endeavor or will Jack and Jill get to the castle first? All the while there is treachery afoot…

Christian & Family Perspective [See CS & PI for more information]

Puss in Boots is a fantastic movie, easily comparable to the rest of the related-Shrek series. It’s highly enjoyable for all ages – the audience I sat with consisted of elderly individuals, young people (children & college aged), as well as middle-aged adults.

Regarding age and religious confliction, the film is suitably rated PG and is mostly quite humorous, even “dark” foreboding scenes are somewhat predictable and not at all extreme in violence, imagery, or language. There are some concepts which parents may need to discuss with their children, but otherwise its a great, family-friendly movie for ages 7+ (Common Sense says 6+).

Excerpted from Adventure Writer's Blog:Preliminary Review

The character of Puss transitions from a thief, to an unrighteously accused outlaw, seeking to making up for crimes he did not commit. He does also, however, constantly retain a rogue-romantic-avenger aspect – flirting with female cats (most especially Softpaws, with whom he wishes to have many more adventures), and shaving off opponent’s hither and thither.

In conclusion, I greatly enjoyed Puss in Boots and would certainly recommend it for the family setting. It has, in my opinion, far surpassed the Shrek series.

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Puss in Boots: Notes and Quotes

Just like last time with Captain America, here’s our Puss in Boots: Notes & Quotes!

The full review is now available here!

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Preliminary Review (Full-Review Monday)

Puss in Boots is a fantastic movie, easily comparable to the rest of the related-Shrek series. It’s highly enjoyable for all ages – the audience I sat with consisted of elderly individuals, young people (children & college aged), as well as middle-aged adults.

Regarding age and religious confliction, the film is suitably rated PG and is mostly quite humorous, even “dark” foreboding scenes are somewhat predictable and not at all extreme in violence, imagery, or language. There are some concepts which parents may need to discuss with their children, but otherwise its a great, family-friendly movie for ages 7+ (Common Sense says 6+).

Highlighted Movie Quotes

It began a long time ago… you may want to sit down for this. -Puss (Antonio Banderas), regarding life story.

I’ll steal you blind before you even know it. -Softpaws

You’re better than that. – Orphan Caretaker & Puss (3x) – marks many turning points in the film.

I smell something familiar… *great whiff* … something dangerous… *contemplates* … something breakfasty… HUMPTY ALEXANDRE DUMPTY! How dare you show your face to me? -Puss [see teaser]

Holy frijoles! -Puss

Shrek Forever After

Shrek Forever After

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Shrek Forever After is a movie that  retains the same, consistent tone that is held throughout its series. It has the same toilet humor laughs, childish appeal, and a heaping portion of DreamWorks magic to create a universal appeal – beyond age and gender. The Shrek series has just about something for everybody – the princess in distress for the avid Disney fans, the fearless Ogre and all the chaos that entails his very existence for the action-adventure lovers, and lots and lots of comedy. It’s a fairy tale, an old time adventure, and a bundle of laughs – and The Final Chapter is no exception. A movie fun for the whole family, with no strings attached except for the fee to rent or purchase it. Though if you think this movie is the end of the series – you haven’t heard about the upcoming Puss in Boots, which you can find information on at the end of this review.

Shrek (film series)

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Shrek Forever After was a surprisingly toned down movie – by which I mean, a bit less of the usually breakneck-pace of  toilet humor, and a greater family appeal. Shrek Forever After takes on a fairy-tale, moral-of-the-story attitude this time around, with humor to lighten the mood in an otherwise melancholy tale. Its a movie without the typical feel of blockbusters – it’s something pretty innocent which the whole family can watch and enjoy without having to worry about questionable content. It’s a breath of fresh air in the midst of a literary and Hollywood focus on things that may be deep, and emotionally compromising in ways that may challenge positive attitudes and rather bog you down. There are, however, movies like Shrek Forever After, and others by DreamWorks, Disney, and the like – which are fun to watch, and pleasant in contemplation.

The Plot

It’s your typical Ogre day taking care of the kids, overseeing a donkey-dragon crossbreed play-date, and sharing fairy tales with a talking cat and your friend donkey at least for Shrek anyways.

The problem is, the daily routine is getting boring. Why couldn’t things go back to the way the were? This is Shrek’s dilemma. No longer is he the villager’s worst fear – but rather a tourist attraction. Not even a peaceful mud bath! One thing leads to another, and this aggravated Ogre finds himself at the end of his line. After an angry outburst at his children’s birthday, following the smashing of the remaining cake (after the pigs had eaten the first one), and an argument  with Fiona – the day doesn’t seem like it could get any worse. Or could it?

Primary Plot Details [and Potential Spoilers] Follow…

Shrek, emotionally compromised, somehow finds himself face-to-face with Rumpelstiltskin, the evil fairytale mastermind whose plans had gone awry when Shrek saved Fiona. Seeing a chance for revenge, Rumpelstiltskin convinces Shrek to sign a magical contract, which he claims will give him a day as he used to have it. The villagers running in fear, relaxing mud baths, owing time to no one but himself – the good old days. All in exchange for one day of Shrek’s life to trade with Rumpel. Still fuming from his confrontation with Fiona, Shrek signs the contract and in the next instant, finds himself transported into a familiar, and much missed world where all his dreams are practically a reality. His old life is back… but is that such a good thing? Soon he finds out that Fiona was never rescued from the castle, she knows nothing of him, and she’s wanted by the evil dictator of Far Far Away, Rumpelstiltskin! Moreover, after being captured by witches loyal to the new kingdom (then escaping), Shrek learns that the day that he traded Rumpelstiltskin for the current reality, was the day of his birth, and that if he doesn’t find a remedy he will soon disappear from existence. Shrek enlists the help of Donkey (who has no idea who he is, but tags along anyways… after lengthy persuasion) and discovers, surprisingly by Donkey’s origami expertise, that he can be returned to his reality if he receives true love’s kiss. With this in mind, Shrek sets out to find Fiona, and instead finds the Ogre resistance (against Rumpelstiltskin’s kingdom) headed by Fiona. Will Shrek succeed in winning Fiona’s love and returning to his reality? Or will he disappear forever? I think anyone who is familiar with the series can formulate a good portion of the ending.

Conclusion

The movie series (and this particular film in particular) comes highly recommended, unless you’re the type of movie-goer who strictly watches films such as Inception, and other deeply serious psychological thrillers. It’s a nice, decent family movie – and even though it entails some childish humor, it may even get a few laughs out of otherwise stoic audiences.

Upcoming Films [ 12 ]

Puss in Boots (Shrek)

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→ Puss In Boots [In Theaters November 4, 2011]

Alternatively entitled Puss in Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer the title speaks volumes. The story follows the personal escapades of Puss in Boots, on of the most beloved and unique characters in the Shrek series – and I’d suppose he hunts Ogres… just going out on a limb there. With Antonio Banderas reprising his role as Puss, the film would appear most promising – what’s more entertaining than a cat with both the style and abilities of Zorro (also played by Antonio)?

Kung Fu Panda film poster, with Po in the middle.

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Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom [In Theaters May 27, 2011]

It’s the return of everyone’s favorite Kung-Fu fighting panda, Po! Now that he’s an epic Kung-Fu master, and not to mention the Dragon Warrior, Po is full of confidence and sure to be raring for another adventure. Though the praise of the townspeople and relaxation must wait – for a new threat, a sinister King peacock by the name of Lord Shen, has entered the scene! With the help of Sensei Shifu, the Furious Five, and a new [to the series] elite Kung Fu team, will Po succeed in defeating Shen? Or has he finally met his match?