These past few weeks have been very busy for myself. Which means very little movie watching! (Much less than I would prefer anyways!)
BUT, nevertheless, several other movie blogging friends of mine have braved the crowds to investigate and report on the theatrical features of the cinema. They are the heroes of this post indeed, and I thank them all!!
Today is the day for you to be able to check out a few written reviews for some of the movies that I have missed. Written by reviewers whose work I enjoy reading…here are 10 “Missed Movie” reviews for you to check out!
(How this post works: To read a review, Click the respective movie’s poster to be taken directly to the page…with the exception of the final film- its review is directly below the poster itself.)
1. The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and Aaron Eckhart.
Review written by Dan over at Fogs’ Movie Reviews
2. Tower Heist, starring Ben Stiller, Alan Alda, and Eddie Murphy.
Review written by Scott over at FrontRoomCinema
3. Footloose, starring Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, and Dennis Quaid.
Review written by C.S. over at Big Thoughts from a Small Mind
4. In Time, starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy.
Review written by Matt over at IEatFilms
5. We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller.
Review written by Doranman over at Filmplicity
6. Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and Shea Whigham.
Review written by David Schleicher over at The Schleicher Spin
7. The Son of No One, starring Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, and Katie Holmes.
Review written by Dan over at Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews
8. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, starring Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris.
Review written by Matt over at Creed’s Delight
9. Anonymous, starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis.
Review written by Sam over at Anomalous Material
10. Puss in Boots, starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Zach Galifianakis.
Puss in Boots, the character side-story of the infamous sidekick of everyone’s favorite green Ogre, Shrek, is a tale of mystery, fun, excitement, and fable. With a major market appeal for youngsters, audience members will find several reasons to laugh and watch in wonderment. However, those looking for a Shrek 4.5 of sorts will find themselves disappointed. Having already been introduced by Dreamworks studios to the fairytale-impressioned world of Shrek, I expected to see so much more of the same style, with more characters of storytime fame and an interweaving of adventurous tales similar to the Shrek films. But, perhaps they exhausted all of those options with Shrek because no such style exists in Puss in Boots.
This animated feature tends to follow the pattern of Shrek in terms of formula, but fails in terms of story. In Shrek, we followed Shrek with Donkey and Puss at his side in his quest along with Fiona as the love interest. In Puss in Boots we follow Puss with Humpty Dumpty at his side and Kitty Softpaws as the love interest. But with the lack of so many additional lovable side characters, interweaving plots, and appropriately paced story, Puss in Boots drags its feet.Sure, it’s got its fun (the best character is Humpty Dumpty)! Sure everyone seems to love cats! And, Sure, it definitely is great to see Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek on screen together for the first time since Once Upon A Time in Mexico and Desperado (even if it is in animation form), But this film is far from “purrfect” when it comes to animated features from the likes of Dreamworks studios. If you are waiting for a good sequel from them…wait for How To Train Your Dragon 2! One can attribute Puss in Boots‘ success at the box office to great date-launching strategy due to the fact that nothing else of any greater merit released in theaters. Kids will like the film, but that’s about all.
Thanks for reading!
Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars for “Puss in Boots”
up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”