December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

April 20, 2012

Puss in Boots (2011)

When it’s over, Puss in Boots offers up some good laughs. This film is a character spin off from the popular Shrek series and chronicles the life of Puss in Boots prior to meeting Shrek, when Puss was a wanted fugitive trying to clear his name.  Mixed with some fractured fairy tales, Puss’s adventure includes some magic beans, golden eggs, a meeting with Jack and Jill, and a love/hate relationship with Humpty Dumpty. Humpty’s inventive contraptions, including his “quick change of clothes” was by far the funniest scenes, giving his egg character a deserved moment in the spotlight.  Jack and Jill was a complete surprise.  My images of two sweet children going up the hill was no more after Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris took over the voices of this married couple.  Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek reunite to lend their voices as Puss and his female counterpart, Kitty Softpaws.  A good story, witty humour, and universal messages of friendship, forgiveness, and sacrifice make this a wonderful family film.

My rating:  4 out of 5

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