Davis: Puss in Boots gets his own prequel

Although Shrek Forever After was billed as the final chapter in the Shrek series, it did not mean the studio would not spin it off.

Although Shrek Forever After was billed as the final chapter in the Shrek series, it did not mean the studio would not spin it off.  Puss in Boots is actually set prior to his debut in Shrek 2 when he was a swashbuckling hero who protected the innocent.

This adventure pits him against Jack and Jill, two murderous outlaws who have discovered an ancient power that can destroy the world.

While no other characters from the Shrek movies appear in this film, his adventure is shared by Humpty Dumpty and a sly black cat named Kitty Softpaws. Antonio Banderas returns as the voice of Puss while Kitty and Humpty are voiced by Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis.

Puss in Boots started development way back in 2004 after his first appearance in Shrek 2 but production was delayed after it was decided to make it into a theatrical release.

Although not a box office hit, Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca has become not only a cult classic but also helped crystallize debate over tampering with human genetics. Hopefully his latest, In Time, will be a greater hit as well as another great example of thought-provoking sci-fi.

Starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde and Cillian Murphy, it is set in a future when the aging gene has been switched off so that people do not age beyond 25. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the rich can live forever while the rest try to negotiate for immortality. A poor young man who lives “minute to minute” inherits a fortune in time from a dying man but is accused of murder and must go on the run from a corrupt society. With the Occupy movement in the headlines, this kind of story seems, if you will excuse the pun, timely.

If Johnny Depp did not get enough rum playing a Pirate in the Caribbean, The Rum Diary is a great follow-up. However, it is actually more of a follow-up to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as it and The Rum Diary are both based upon novels by Hunter S. Thompson.

Depp plays a journalist in the 1960s who tires of New York City and moves to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper. He adopts the rum-soaked life and becomes obsessed with the fiancée of an American entrepreneur who is determined to turn the island into a capitalist paradise. The journalist must decide whether to use his words to help the entrepreneur with the unsavoury scheme or bring him down.

Tonight is the final movie in the West Kelowna Film Festival at the Capitol Theatre. Based upon a true story about the man who was hired to be Saddam Hussein’s son’s double, Devil’s Double shows at 7 p.m.

Next Wednesday at 7 p.m. is the Kelowna Film Society’s presentation of the South African drama Life Above All showing at the Orchard Plaza Five cinemas.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

capitol_wes@landmarkcinemas.ca

 

 

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