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Puss In BootsPuss in Boots
★★★

Ditching the ogre was the best thing that could have happened to this kitty.

Antonio Banderas, plus the talents of the DreamWorks animations team, bring back diablo gato to wonderful, exuberant life. This cat has charm and humour to burn.

To my surprise, the previews do not give away some of the great new characters here to bounce off Puss. Let’s just say that Puss has some competition, particularly in one of the film’s best scenes… a dance fight. The dancing scenes benefit from some wonderful Spanish guitar from Rodrigo y Gabriela.

The script has plenty of good gags, and riffs off fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack and Jill, and the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. There are a few structural problems, though. There’s a flashback sequence so long that even the filmmakers make fun of it.

Animated films continue to be the best reason to see something in 3-D. This film looks fantastic, with great depth to it.

Does not disappoint!