Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
|Featuring:||Antonio Banderas … Puss in Boots (voice)
Salma Hayek … Kitty Softpaws (voice)
Zach Galifianakis … Humpty Dumpty (voice)
Billy Bob Thornton … Jack (voice)
Amy Sedaris … Jill (voice)
Constance Marie … Imelda (voice)
Guillermo del Toro … Moustache Man/Comandate (voice)
Joe M. Aguilar … producer
|Distributor:||Paramount Pictures Corporation, Dreamworks|
“Pray for mercy”
The lovable, yet fierce kitty Puss in Boots is back! This time, however, his quest is to steal the magic beans from Jack and Jill, climb the beanstalk up to the giant’s castle, and steal the golden goose that lays the golden eggs, along with the help of Kitty Soft Paws and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis). Will the group be successful? Well, you’ll have to go to see the film to find out…
I’m very picky when it comes to movies. To be frank, I wasn’t quite certain walking into this movie as to whether I would enjoy it at all. I figured, “This film could be either really good, really bad, or somewhere in between. I don’t have high hopes.” However, after spending 90 minutes in the theater, not only did I walk out surprised at how terrific this movie was, but I was also surprised at how clean it was. Compared to many films that have hit theaters claiming to be “clean family films,” this movie actually held true to the above statement and maintained high quality filmmaking standards, in the process.
First off, I must say that Antonio Banderas really stole the show in his role as Puss in Boots. Without giving too much of the story away, let’s just say that Banderas really allowed me to understand Puss’ character a lot better. I saw depth from Puss’s character. I would also like to commend Zach Galifianakis for his excellent performance as Humpty Dumpty and to Salma Hayek as the smooth, yet kind, Kitty Soft Paws. The plot was fairly predictable, but enough to keep the movie going for 90 minutes. Congratulations to Chris Miller for producing an excellent film
While this film was cleaner than the Shrek series, there was still some questionable material that I feel must be noted in order for parents to make an informed decision about whether or not to see this movie
Violence: Moderate. There are several fight scenes between Puss in Boots and other characters in the film, including a few sword fights. Of course, Puss in Boots steals from people. There is a scene where Puss in Boots, Kitty Soft paws, and Humpty Dumpty, are being shot at with guns and cannons. There is another scene where Humpty Dumpty pretends to be hit by a cart. Kitty Soft Paws scratches Jack’s face. There is another scene where Puss in Boots scratches faces (unintentionally). There is a brief scene where Humpty Dumpty is hit in his private area. Lastly, Puss in Boots is knocked out.
Profanity: Mild. One character says the phrase “Holy Frijoles.” There is a scene where Kitty Soft Paws mentions to Humpty Dumpty that she knows how to speak “meow.” The word “pooper” is mentioned, and Puss in Boots is referred as “frisky” two times.
Sex/Nudity: Mild. There are a couple scenes where a man’s pants fall down. Humpty Dumpty is seen changing in front of Puss and Soft Paws. Lastly, toward the end of the film, one man is seen bathing.
Other: There is one dance sequence in the film where Puss in Boots makes a couple obscene dance gestures, but this is brief. There is a mention of “catnip” (a mild drug reference). ***SPOILER*** One of the main characters dies ***SPOILER END***.
As we see Puss in Boots progress through this film, he realizes toward the end that he never had to steal, in the first place. He realizes he was wrong, and he tries to repay the town of San Ricardo for his misdoing. He seeks forgiveness. In the same way, God is willing to forgive us of all our sins, if we are truly sorry and repent of our sins. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9,
In short, I am happy to be able to recommend this movie. Thank you Dreamworks for showing us that good, relatively clean films can still be made. I recommend this film for older children, but not for youngsters.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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