It’s never too late to do the right thing

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By Tom Hanlon

The Dreamworks version of the furry hero Puss in Boots was first seen in “Shrek 2,” but now he has his own movie.
“Puss in Boots” is a new adventure with the same character audiences fell in love with during the “Shrek” movie series. The action-packed film was directed by Chris Miller and released on Oct. 28, 2011.
The movie follows the adventure of the infamous sword fighting outlaw, Puss in Boots.
The movie begins with Puss (Antonio Banderas), narrowly escaping from a bounty hunter’s house in the desert.
He flees to a nearby town for a drink, a shot glass of milk. While in the bar, Puss learns of two murderous criminals, Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris), who possess magic beans. Since his childhood, with his childhood friend, Humpty Dumpty, Puss has searched for magic beans, but no longer believes they exist.
According to the legend, the beans, when planted, will lead to a giant’s castle in the sky and there will be a treasure trove of golden goose eggs. If he can get his hands on those beans, Puss said he will be able to make things right.
While trying to steal the beans from Jack and Jill, another cat thief appears at the scene. They both fail to retrieve the beans and barely escape with their lives.
Puss chases the intruder cat, which is none other than Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), one of the best thieves around. She leads him into the alley where Puss finds his childhood friend, Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), waiting to meet him after many estranged years.
Humpty and Puss didn’t part on good terms, but nonetheless, he has tracked Puss down and begs for help in stealing the magic beans, planting them and retrieving the golden eggs from the castle in the sky, fulfilling a dream they shared as children.
Puss refuses, but after hearing Humpty’s pleas for a second chance, he reluctantly agrees to the plan, but doing so only to save the town and his mother.
What happens next is a tale like that of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” but with a few twists. Jack and Jill attack the group, Puss’ friends get kidnapped, Humpty double-crosses his friends and Puss gets arrested.
A giant goose terrorizes the town because her baby is in jeopardy and Humpty later meets his demise while making things right. It all ends well, but not without a few hiccups along the way.
As for Puss, he is still considered an outlaw, but the town folks now consider him a hero.
The computer-generated animation and visual effects are incredible. Although, the human face put onto Humpty Dumpty is a little creepy.
Those who like and know about cats, will really appreciate the characteristics and actions of the cats in the movie.
Some of those moments include Puss looking up at other characters with those big, pleading cat eyes, or when he laps at the milk in the glass with his cute, pink tongue.
The chase scenes involve all the acrobatics cats are famous for. Even those who don’t care for cats will enjoy the antics of all the characters.
All in all, the movie is entertaining. Humpty Dumpty rolls a lot and needs help getting up. The outlaws look and act like they came out of old fashioned westerns.
Another entertaining part of the movie is the Spanish music. Seeing the movie in 3-D version is also a plus.
Not only is it entertaining, but the movie shows how wrong revenge is and that “it is never too late to do the right thing.”
The film is 1 hour and 30 min. It is rated PG.