Puss In Boots: Movie Review
Puss in Boots
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis,
Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris
Director: Chris Miller
Fresh from his starring role in the Shrek films, Puss in Boots finally gets
his own spin off tail (apologies - I mean tale) in this computer animated
outing, unleashed in time for Christmas.
Set before Puss met Shrek and Donkey, it tells of how the Ginger haired man
Spanish kitty cat came to be an outlaw. Puss is a wanted beast after his part in
a robbery with his pal Humpty Dumpty (Galifianakis) but is determined to clear
his name by tracking down the legendary magic beans.
However, they're currently the property of Jack and Jill (Bob Thornton and
Sedaris) but that doesn't stop the kitty trying to get possession of them. But
what Puss hasn't reckoned with is the appearance of a female feline, Kitty Soft
Paws, who tries to snatch the beans.
When Puss learns Kitty is allied with Humpty, the trio teams up to steal the
beans, make a beanstalk and steal the Golden Goose and live happily ever
Puss in Boots is a riot fest. Sure, it's nothing fabulously new or original
in terms of groundbreaking animation or story telling but it is good old
fashioned fun, with a mix of lunacy thrown in for good measure. Clearly the
writers have been on the catnip to get a story like this together.
With lines like "What can I say? I was a bad kitty" as Puss leaves a one
night stand behind, it's clear you're going to get some tongue in cheek
scripting and a humourous feel to this origin story which explains how the cat
got the boots and became the hero.
But once again, Dreamworks has shown why its animation arm is so good - the
backgrounds and scenery shots which frame Puss' antics are so gorgeous on the
eye (thanks to the real 3D effect as well) and so breathtaking, it's just yet
another reason to celebrate a golden age of deft and ambitious animation.
Hayek and Banderas make a neat duo (again) and Galifianakis is a good foil in
Humpty; but the winner here is the overall pieces of the puzzle.
Whether it's throwaway lines, visually dazzling moments, gags which are
thrown in for amusement (stand by for the return of Puss' wide eyed cuteness -
but in a whole new context) or just sheer lunacy, there's much to love in this
unfurling of the near purrfect myth of Puss In Boots.