WARNING: without Pete or Ash this episode turns filthy, fast.
In which Martyn, Imran and Ash take a look at The Avengers, or Avengers Assemble. Then Ash talks to two women about a puppet: Check out Ash’s excellent podcasts , Night’s at the round table. and Hammered Horror.
A Puss in Boots spin-off has been in development since he made his first appearance in Shrek 2 way back in 2004. Now that DreamWorks have milked the Shrek franchise for all its worth, it is finally time for the cat to have his day.
This is essentially an origin story. It’s set way before Puss met Shrek, Fiona and Donkey. Since Puss is the main character, he needs wacky, funny characters around him. The love interest is a feline named Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) is Puss’ best friend from childhood. Puss and Humpty Dumpty were once as close as brothers until Puss became famous. Humpty soon became jealous of Puss and betrayed him by tricking him in to a bank robbery. Years later, Humpty tracks him down seeking forgiveness, as well as help with a new scheme. The scheme involves stealing some magic beans from out-law couple, Jack and Jill. The magic beans will send them up the famous beanstalk to the golden-egg laying goose.
The first half of the movie is better than the second half. I think this is due to it being such a busy story, the ending is little anti-climatic, but strangely unlike most children’s CGI movies, it isn’t bogged down by the over-preachy moral of the tale. The performances are all solid, but special mention must go to Antonio Banderas, he manages a performance that is consistently amusing as well as moving. The moment he sees his heart broken mother staring at him is gut wrenching. Visually the film is a treat. Puss in Boots is not a great film, but it is an extremely good film.
- ‘Triple Play Edition’ includes the movie on 3 formats: Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy!
- Puss In Boots: The Three Diablos – HD
- How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular – HD
- Blu-ray Exclusives: A DreamWorks Fairytale, Puss’ Paw Pouncing Challenge, The Animators’ Corner, Trivia Track
- Purr-fect Pairing: The Voices Behind the Legend – HD
- Deleted Scenes – HD
- Kitten to Cat – HD, Glitter Box Dance Off! – HD, Klepto Kitty – HD, Kitty Keyboard, Fairytale Pop Up Book, Kitty Strikes Again
- Previews: Madagascar 3 – HD, Puss In Boots THQ Game Trailer – HD
- The World Of Dreamworks: Shrek-HD, How To Train Your Dragon-HD, Kung Fu Panda-HD, Madagascar-HD, Megamind-HD
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I was curious to see this movie, as it’s the first live-action film from director Brad Bird. Bird has previously only worked on animated movies, so I approached this with intrigue. Visually the film is stunning and the locations are beautiful. The beauty is amplified by the fact that the movie was partially filmed with IMAX cameras, which gives it added ‘sex appeal’. You really need to see this on an IMAX screen to feel the full benefit. As with all the films in the franchise, the action scenes are completely breath taking, the stand out scene is undeniably the moment Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower, in Dubai. Which just so happens to be the tallest building in the world. Tom Cruise performed this stunt himself, which just adds to the realism and completely engulfs you in the moment.
The performances all round are great. Tom Cruise is on top form and is leading a new team, which includes Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn). Pegg had a minor part in Mission Impossible 3, but has now been promoted to full on co-star. Unfortunately Ving Rhames only has a small cameo in this film, but it’s a nice nod to the fans as he and Cruise are the only cast members to have appeared in all of The Mission Impossible movies. The film has a few little industry in-jokes as well. Ethan Hunt’s code number is “A113”. A113 is a frequent Pixar in-joke based on one of the room numbers for the animation program at Cal Arts. The director has worked for Pixar, and he has worked an “A113” reference into every one of his films. Lost fans are in for a treat, as Josh Holloway (Sawyer) makes a small appearance.
The only thing letting this down is the story line, it could have been better there is a noticeable dip in certain parts and my attention wondered elsewhere. There were also some errors that I couldn’t over look, almost too many to list maybe I’m just being a bit too pedantic, but The Nuclear Launch Device used by Hendricks has a Russian keyboard, but the Interface Screen is in English.
All in all I would say the film is worth watching and will keep you mostly entertained throughout.
.Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol is out in the UK on Boxing Day
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