Tuesday, 22 November 2011


Puss in Boots [Review]

Opinion: B+
Making good use of the kitty's Spanish origins, this is a "kitty-purr" sensual animated feature that would satisfy both family and adult audience well to make their day. Antonio Banderas instilled life within Puss in Boots with a grooving and mesmerising voice of personality while the screenwriters humoured the audience with dialogues in wits and flair.

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!

Surprising, the story wasn't the main draw in this Dreamworks animated feature. The story wasn't bad in mind that some of the larger-than-life elements were intended for the adolescents. In compensation, the protagonist ginger kitty held his ground so firmly that not even Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) could steal the thunder from him.

I've never considered Banderas a sensual icon of any sorts, not with his live-action film roles anyway. But it's here where I got to listen to his voice-acting without the visuals of his physical demeanour. Banderas seemed to be a rather capable voice personality when it comes to a sexy and witty español cat bandit.

While the film would thread on the softer side of Puss' earlier life before his notorious days that we know of him. We get to see his juvenile days as a cute and adorable kitten (which of cause befit his famed 'watery big round eyes' very well) and emerge as a morally just teenager.

Everybody had a best pal and a bad influence in their life. So along came Humpty "Alexander" Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifianakis).

I didn't particularly fancy Dumpty as a sidekick character, although I had to admit that he allowed a lot of innuendos that really cracked the audience up (no puns intended). There's a lot of friendship moments and scenarios that subjected their bond to test, which inevitably overwhelmed the romantic relationship between Puss and Kitty. I can perfectly see the rationale behind it, this was afterall a family-friendly 90 minutes that parents enjoy with their kids.

Besides, Puss was portrayed as a Ladies' Man in that memorable dance battle scene in the first third of the film. Toe-tapping to the rhythmic Latin beats, the well-choreographed dance scene was probably devised to produce third dimension visual deliverables (no comments on that as my screening was not in 3D).

The finale and conclusion would be anybody's guess (the kids would be in self-deceit if even they could not anticipate it), but the intention of this animated feature would be to entertain and liven up your day. The dynamic adventures that the trio experienced were captivating and alluring, as if we're experiencing it first hand. I could see how Puss in Boots would enjoy a fair chance of ending up as one of the theme park attractions in the near future. Maybe one of those 4D rides, for example.

That said, nothing should stop anybody from greeting this sexy little ginger cat in cinemas. You would not want to make the cat angry, by watching this anywhere else.

PS: Watch out for the iconic "Ohhh Cat".


  1. I've been curious about Puss in Boots. Sounds like a good one to take the kids to over the holidays. After I see the Muppets, of course.

  2. @Sammy V Yes, likewise I can't wait to catch The Muppets as well. Thanks for dropping by NDC! :D


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