Puss in Boots

"Very Good"

Puss in Boots Review


This Shrek spin-off continues the theme of mashing up fairy tales with movie genres, and while there's a slightly stale odour lingering through this prequel, it's also witty enough to keep us laughing.

Puss (Banderas) is a notorious outlaw looking for a way to clear his name and repay an old debt when he hears that redneck thugs Jack and Jill (Thornton and Sedaris) have some magic beans that can be used to find a golden-egg-laying goose. Then he discovers that sexy thief Kitty Softpaws (Hayek) is also after them. And worse yet, she's working with Humpty Dumpty (Galifianakis), Puss' childhood cohort who once betrayed him. When Humpty convinces Puss that he's now a good egg, the trio makes an elaborate plan to get the beans together.

In addition to blurring the lines between Jack and Jill, Jack and the Beanstalk and Humpty Dumpty, the film is packed with references to Bonnie and Clyde, James Bond, jewel-thief capers and even Ghostbusters. But the most obvious influence is Sergio Leone Westerns, and this comes complete with a faux-Morricone score (by Henry Jackman). Visual sight gags abound, while the script is packed with adult-targeted jokes. And along with a fairly hilarious feline romance, there's some nice subtext in here about greed, grudges and the difference between revenge and redemption.

While all of this material is entertaining, packing it all into one movie sometimes feels a bit random. The scattershot approach dilutes the central storyline to the point where it feels perfunctory at best. While we get an extensive flashback showing us Puss and Humpty's past, we never learn much about Kitty. Fortunately, the voice work is especially strong, creating lively characters without letting their star power overwhelm them. And while Humpty is seriously annoying, he's a delight compared to Shrek's Donkey.

Visually, the film looks spectacular, with near photo-realistic animation and some clever use of 3D. The script is packed with throwaway gems, cat-themed jokes and an inventive mix of Wild West with familiar storybook illustrations.

And the story is peppered with terrific moments, from the free-running chases across the dusty rooftops to scorching flamenco dance-fights. That it doesn't quite hold together isn't really a problem.



Puss in Boots

Facts and Figures

Run time: 90 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th October 2011

Box Office USA: $149.2M

Box Office Worldwide: $555M

Budget: $130M

Distributed by: Paramount/Dreamworks

Production compaines: DreamWorks Animation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Fresh: 119 Rotten: 23

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou

Starring: as Puss in Boots (voice), as Kitty Softpaws (voice), as Humpty Alexander Dumpty (voice), as Jack (voice), as Jill (voice), as Imelda (voice), as Moustache Man / Comandate (voice), as Andy Beanstalk (voice), Rich Dietl as Bounty Hunter (voice), Ryan Crego as Luis (voice), Tom Wheeler as Bartender / Hotel Owner / Mean Boy / Wagon Driver / Rodrigo (voice), as Raoul / Soldier (voice), as Bar Thief (voice), Bob Joles as Guiseppe (voice), Latifa Ouaou as Crazy Woman / Mean Girl / Milk Lady / Little Boy (voice), Robert Persichetti Jr. as Ohhh Cat (voice), as Little Boy Blue / Friar Miller / Prison Guard / Manual / Rafael (voice), Jessica Schulte as Estella Maria (voice), Nina Barry as Ivana / Charo (voice)

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to...

The Mummy Movie Review

The Mummy Movie Review

To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky...

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

Daphne du Maurier's 1951 mystery-romance novel has been adapted for theatre, radio, TV and film,...

Wilson Movie Review

Wilson Movie Review

It's never helpful when a comedy becomes a bit too smug about its own quirkiness....

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

A fictionalised story from the life of Wolfgang Mozart, this lavishly produced period drama is...

Advertisement
The Hippopotamus Movie Review

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

This British satirical comedy may be a bit of a mess, but since it's based...

Detour Movie Review

Detour Movie Review

This may look like a rather typical American indie thriller, but British filmmaker Christopher Smith...

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Boldly optimistic, this action-packed adventure breathes fresh life into the DC universe with a welcome...

Baywatch Movie Review

Baywatch Movie Review

Clearly, it's a risky proposition adapting a cheesy vintage TV series for the big screen:...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Subtitled Salazar's Revenge in the UK, this fifth film in the long-running series never quite...

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.