by Paige DeNardi
In the Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots, Antonio Banderas voices the classic children’s character Puss in Boots who goes on a mission to find the magic beans he has been searching for so incessantly for years. Along the way he meets some interesting characters such as Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), a villainous vixen looking for fame and fortune, and a long lost childhood friend, Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) who’s only goal in life is to become a rich and famous outlaw by stealing the Golden Eggs from the magic Goose in the castle in the sky. Along the way the band runs across a slew of bandits and criminals such as Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris) who make their journey back to friendship even harder than before.
The movie was surprisingly good for a previous hit’s spinoff. The plot wasn’t just following the life of Puss in Boots as he is now, but the story was full of twists and turns and adventures. The Trio also learns a few life lessons along the way, which is good for the children. They learn that friendship is more than riches and fame, and that the most important thing in life is surrounding yourself with people who genuinely care about you, and that you care about yourself.
Overall, I would give the movie a four out of five. It’s a great children’s movie and is appropriate for all audiences, but it did end a bit abruptly and it dragged on in places more than it should have. The children in the theatre definitely enjoyed it though, and I did hear the adults laugh on several occasions at the references made in the movie that the kids wouldn’t understand.