Puss in Boots: A Tell Allby Contributor on Oct, 28 2011
This is a collaborate article between Anisa Young, Lara Hovsepian, Surmayee Tetarbe
Three girls, a red carpet, and a big puss. In boots of course. At the premier of Puss in Boots 3D on October 19th, the Westfield Mall was filled with fabulously dressed six years old…and us. While the kids appreciated the six foot cat waiting to greet them at the entrance, we were looking forward to something a little less feline, and little more, say, Antonio Banderas-like. We were not disappointed as the stars made a big appearance before the film to share a few words with the audience.
The plotline definitely kept us laughing, crying, and on the edge of our seats for the entire duration of the movie (except Anisa, of course, who took a brief nap in the beginning – midterms are a bitch). While the 3D may have seemed a little unnecessary, the kids definitely appreciated it, and any lack in the 3D was made up by every other aspect of the film. The music in particular was very well suited to the action, and closed the film with an up-to-speed Lady Gaga number.
While the movie ties into the Shrek series, it’s still a stand-alone film. As Salma Hayek put it, “It’s less of a sibling and more like a cousin.” Salma Hayek, you ask? Well yes, us lucky ladies got the pleasure of some three-on-two time with the stars of the movie.
Having come off the Shrek series, there were a lot of expectations for the movie. So naturally we primarily asked about the stars’ experiences in handling such pressures. Banderas stated that it was something he had learned to deal with through his experiences in the industry. “I cannot go to work with a burden on my shoulders that says “you have to be very good.” That just makes you self-conscious and you’re going to lose your work.”
Both in the final outcome and in the making of the film, fun was a constantly occurring theme. Impressively, much of the dialogue was improvised by Banderas and Hayek. “When you say the line differently and they laugh more you know you’re going the right way,” said Banderas. “You have the possibility to do it and they have the possibility to use the material. It’s almost like you give them pieces of a huge puzzle and they put it together.”
Their creative freedom allowed them to send a personalized message to each of their audience members while also inputting a little bit of themselves into the role. Both Hayek and Banderas emphasized that “for the kids we have a reflection about friendship, about bad influences, about forgiveness, about brotherhood. And then there is a number of little winks of an eye to a generation that can recognize all the styles that were created in other decades. The movie has different paths and you can follow any of them and you will have a movie for you without affecting the other paths.”
In the end, the stars’ message was clear. “The way to work is never to think of what is going to be the result of what you’re doing. The fact that you’re having fun while you’re doing it is the important part.”