This year’s Oscar nominated animated features weren’t as memorable as “Toy Story 3” or the wonderful “Up”. I watched “Puss In Boots” a while ago, but never had the chance to review it until now. The moment that Puss made his debut in “Shrek 2”, it was clear that the studio would eventually give him his own show. The good news is: kids will definitely enjoy it. The bad news is: if you’re an adult, you’re going to find it mildly entertaining but instantly forgettable. Antonio Banderas is still the best thing here; he might be a one joke character (a Don Juan in boots), but he’s certainly funny, hilarious even. His leading lady is non other than Salma Hayek, and she is a feisty cat named Kitty Softpaws (how original!). The story basically takes place before the events of “Shrek 2”, with Puss acting as more of a legendary thief and less like the legendary hero we have come to embrace. He’s not a bad guy, but he doesn’t mind stealing money from other bandits just for a shot of milk (or leche). Later on, Puss discovers that the magic beans he has been looking for are actually real, and sets out to steal them from a couple named Jack and Jill (not Adam Sandler, Thank God for that).In the process, he befriends Kitty Softpaws, and is reunited with his old childhood pal, Alexander Dumpty (the overrated Zack Galifianakis).To be fairly honest, Puss has enough charisma to lead the movie alone, without the help of the supporting characters. Alexander Dumpy is a forgettable character, and Jack and Jill are not worthy opponents. In a way, I think it’s a shame, because Puss deserves better, and I believe that a better movie could have been made, instead of a mediocre one. For once, I was asking too much from an animated feature, and perhaps it’s the reason why I came out disappointed. “Puss In Boots” is far from being a bad movie, but with all the talent involved, it could have been better, way better.
Categories: The Twenty-First Century