Thursday, November 10, 2011

Overheard at Booth 4: Puss in Boots

And yes the animation was splendid, and Antonio Banderas' voice is pitch-perfect for this role, but still there seemed to be something lacking, and I can't put my paw on it. Maybe it was just because this was the fifth installment of a franchise that frankly should have ended with Shrek 2.

The first two movies were brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. The third was just to cash in on the first two and the fourth was an attempt at redemption.

This one seems much like a combination of Shrek 3 and 4: both an attempt to keep the money flowing in, by highlighting the most popular character, and trying to see if spin-offs can stand on their own.

I think what fails for me is when the movie is carried by the funny jokes from the movies before. Mainly the big eyes that look soooooooo cute. It's OK, done that, doesn't affect me any more. And the catnip/marijuana joke - come on, that was the only funny joke of Shrek 3.

Still, when I was there all the grade schoolers were giggling like mad over the helium voices induced by the thin air of the upper atmosphere. So you know there's something for the kids.

And I haven't really said anything about the other main characters of this movie: Humpty Dumpty and Kitty Softpaws, but that's because there's really nothing to be said about them. They are thinly drawn (metaphorically speaking) - so I don't think there's much of a chance of a spinoff movie about either of them.

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