New ‘Puss in Boots’ Movie is the Cat’s Meow

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“Puss In Boots” is the big movie opening this week. Fortunately the FOX 4 film critics say it’s worth the ticket price.

Shawn Edwards says, “‘Puss in Boots’ is flat-out entertaining. There is a lot of love beginning with Puss, who is voiced beautifully by Antonio Banderas.

Not only will Puss steal your heart with those gorgeously animated eyes, but the writers have created magical wordplay that totally delights and plays on things that cats naturally do with hilarious results.”

Russ Simmons agrees. “They said that the ‘Shrek’ franchise was over, but think again. They’ve gone back to the well with a this classy spin-off. Bandaras is appealing as the swashbuckling feline in this very entertaining prequel to the ‘Shrek’ movies.

Shawn says that Puss isn’t the only charming element. “You also have Kitty Softpaws voiced by Salma Hayek. And the two have great chemistry…that is for animated characters. Think ‘Lady and the Tramp’ and Simba and Nala.

Russ says, “This Puss in Boots is a charismatic and flamboyant character who commands the screen with more pizzazz than than Shrek could ever muster. ‘Puss in Boots’ is a lively, funny and beautifully animated filck that will appeal to adults as much as the kids.”

Shawn agrees and adds, “No major story arcs or grandbreaking animation, although it does look good.  However, not necessary to view in 3D (save your money if you are on a tight budget). ‘Puss in Boots’ works because it’s do darn delightful and just plain fun to watch. Suitable for all ages. No potty humor, crude jokes or crass sight gags. Just a couple of cats, and egg and more fractured fairy tale-ing.”

Russ adds, ” While you’re right that viewing it in 3D isn’t necessary, the visuals are very effective in this case and the 3-D effects are integrated effectively into the tongue-in-cheek story. ‘Puss in Boots’ is the best animated movie of the year.”

Both Russ and Shawn give “Puss in Boots” 4 out of 5 Popcorn Bags.

Shawn Edwards was the only KC area film critic to screen the new sci-fi flick, “In Time.”

Shawn says, “Justin Timberlake already brought sexy back but can he bring action back? Well, he gives it the old college try but ‘In Time’ is such a messy movie structurally, there wasn’t much he could do to save this sci-fi action flick from flunking.

‘In Time’ just doesn’t have plot holes. It has plot canyons…and a bunch of tired cliches.  Another problem is the combination of Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. It’s a disaster. As the movie pushes along, they become a modern day Bonnie & Clyde. But the pair are never really convincing as a dangerous outlaw couple.

It’s all really too bad that the movie doesn’t come together. The premise is interesting, Justin Timberlake really can act and the movie looks gorgeous. It just isn’t a good movie, though.”

Shawn gave “In Time” 2 out of 5 Popcorn Bags.

Shawn also has faint praise for Johnny Depp’s latest project, “The Rum Diaries.”

“There are tow things that Johnny Depp clearly loves: novelist Hunter S. Thompson and pirates. But if you thought Hunter S. Thompson’s writings were a bit odd and those pirated movies a bit confusing, wait until you see ‘The Rum Diaries,’ clearly a Johnny Depp vanity project that lacks focus and depth.

Adapted from Thompson’s novel, the movie never gels and Depp does very little acting in the pretty travelogue but ugly story. Overall, ‘The Rum Diaries’ is too punch drunk for it’s own good.”

Shawn gives “The Rum Diaries” 2 out of 5 Popcorn Bags.

Also in theaters this week, “Margin Call” is a corporate thriller starring Kevin Spacey that takes place in an investment firm during the early part of the 2008 financial crisis. Kristen Scott Thomas stars in “Love Crimes,” a French drama about the conflict between an executive and her ambitious aide.

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