Spin-off movies are a unique brand of film. They are neither sequel nor remake. Usually a spin-off movie takes a character from one movie and makes that character the star of in a different movie. One example would be Russell Brand’s character, Aldous Snow, from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” who went on to have his own adventure in “Get Him to the Greek.”
Last year it was reported that “Shrek Forever After” would be the last entry in the successful movie franchise, but the character Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas, would be getting his own movie. “Puss in Boots” is now here. So, how did Puss in Boots do striking out on his own? Pretty well!
“Puss in Boots” has been advertised as an adventure Puss had before he meets Shrek, but after watching this movie it is not completely accurate. Sure, we do learn some of Puss’s origins, like how he got those boots in the first place; however, “Puss in Boots” can completely stand on its own as a story about Puss completely outside the Shrek universe. Remember, if “Puss in Boots” were to end where we meet Puss in “Shrek 2” then that means the Puss movie would end with Puss becoming a hired assassin which is not exactly a happy ending.
In “Puss in Boots” Puss is a wanted criminal, but he’s not a “bad guy.” In order to help restore his honor he embarks on a quest with Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) to find the magic beans that will lead them to the giant’s castle and the goose that lays the golden eggs. Standing in their way are Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thorton and Amy Sedaris) and the “terrible beast” that resides inside the castle.
Dreamworks Animation is known for turning out some great 3D effects in their movies and they outdo themselves with “Puss in Boots.” It is arguably the best 3D effects movie of 2011. Not only does it provide some amazing shots like the tip of a sword practically dangling in your face, but there are some helicopter shots that make you feel like YOU are right there with the camera person shooting the movie. It’s THAT good!
“Puss in Boots” is certainly a movie the whole family can enjoy. It’s not one of those kiddie movies parents can’t wait to end. They should have a good time too. The movie has an old Western flare to it and it’s a fun adventure to follow. There are plenty of laughs and many inside jokes for cat owners. There are more then a few “aw” moments in “Puss in Boots.”
There really has not been a great movie the whole family could enjoy since “The Lion King 3D” from early last month. “Puss in Boots” definitely fills that gap. It is rated PG for some adventure action and mild rude humor.