Way before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.
Spin off films rarely work and when it comes from the world of the powerhouse franchise ‘Shrek’ I was somewhat skeptical, but PUSS IN BOOTS provides us avid movie lovers with a funny, witty and incredibly cute film. PUSS IN BOOTS proves that the character can stand alone outside the world of ‘Shrek’ in what I hope is the birth of a brand new film franchise.
What is great about PUSS IN BOOTS is the whole fairy tale/nursery rhyme theme it pulls from everywhere, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty and Jack and the Beanstalk just to name a few. The writers of the film blended these storylines perfectly to make it not just fun for kids but also a brand new interesting take for all of us. ‘Puss in Boots’ is a great character for starters he will always typically be a cat in ways such as chasing a light on the ground or the way he drinks his milk but he’s also full of charisma, whit, an incredible lover (which the opening scenes will show) and lastly a rather epic dancer!
It’s funny in a way of ‘Art imitating Life’ Antonio Banderas may not be a cat but you just feel by watching the film he puts a lot of himself into it, of course the accent helps and I’ve used the word charisma already but Banderas just seems to ooze it in real life as well not just onscreen. Salma Hayek plays ‘Kitty Softpaws’ her voice fits the character extremely well also and brings to life the ‘love interest’ for Puss. The one voice in the film which threw me completely was Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) who voices Humpty Dumpty I didn’t pick it was him at all throughout the film and was extremely impressed as usual with what this man can do.
PUSS IN BOOTS is a great family movie, but even if you don’t have children go see it because as far as animated films go this one is up there as the best of the year.
PUSS IN BOOTS is in cinemas now I give this film 4.5/5.