Does bigger make better? Is "Puss in Boots" better in 3D on the Imax screen than one of those standard postage stamp sized screens that occupy most of the space inside a Cineplex? Commentary on Imax screens around the country cannot be indulged in, but there is an Imax screen in Northwest Florida where "Puss in Boots" plays in 3D. What the kids today need to know about that particular Imax screen at least is that it is not really an Imax screen. It is really only about the size of an average movie screen back when a cinema held only one screen. Projecting 3D images of animated talking animals coming at you doesn't necessarily make it the equivalent of a real Imax movie. A real Imax theater of requisite enormous dimensions also exists in Northwest Florida and it would be fascinating to see how "Puss in Boots" comes out on that one.
The real truth of the matter is that "Puss in Boots" needs neither an oversized screen nor for the viewer to wear glasses in order to produce continuous laughter, but that doesn't mean the movie likely doesn't gain something from the larger screen. As far movies that are a spin-off of a supporting character from a previous movie goes, you can place this cute little comedy near the head of the list.
There is something to be said for showing "Puss in Boots" on a screen larger than most you find at the local theater. The other 15 or 20 or 30 screens are certainly smaller than any Imax screen and in some cases may be only half as large. Shrinking the size of the projected image of Puss does a disservice to the quality of the animation. It is perhaps not going too far to suggest that the combination of the voice talent of Antonio Banderas and the extraordinary attention to the smallest detail by the animators has produced, in this Puss, the most satisfyingly complete animated character in movie history.
That Antonio Banderas has developed such a mastery of the nuances and finer linguistic details of speaking English when he only started doing so as an adult is a testament to the power of concentration that actors like Keanu Reeves would do well to study. Banderas fully inhabits the character of Puss and further deepens the complexity of the character. The emotional tonal shifts that the script require from Banderas to not only intensify Puss but to create comedy while doing so are handled as effectively as if done by a professionally dedicated voice actor.
If Banderas' capable of handling of the vocal delivery of Puss were all that you got by watching the movie, it would still be enough to make "Puss in Boots" superior to any of those movies in which he serves as sidekick to the big ogre and his smartass ass. Seeing the movie on the bigger Imax screen may be required to fully appreciate the talents of the animators, but even catching it on a smaller cinema screen will likely do the job. Somehow these talented computer nerds manage not only to keep Puss looking like a real cat, but in certain scenes they are actually able to present the interior workings of Puss' mind as the synapses inside his fire off in a series dedicated to discovery the truth. A handful of scenes work by showing a close-up of Puss' face and the expressions that reveal those workings of the mind are of such high quality that you can only wish today's stone-faced actors from Reeves to Willis were even one-fiftieth as animated.
Oh yeah, and Humpty Dumpty is about a 1000 times funnier than Donkey.
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