242nd Movie Review: Puss In Boots [MMM Day 7]


A Spin-off Worthy of a Franchise of Its Own

            Had I known that this heel-obsessed kitty had enough claws to pull off a great movie, then I would’ve paid more attention to Puss when I was watching Shrek. “Puss in Boots” is incredibly fresh. It may have less comedy than most animated movies, but it delivers with a solid plot that’s smart and never goes off course.

The film serves as Puss’ (Antonio Banderas) origin story, long before he met Shrek. The notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots sets on a journey to pay a debt to his hometown, San Ricardo, for a crime he has committed in the past. He hopes to find the three magical beans which will bring him to the Giant’s castle because the castle houses a goose that lays valuable golden eggs that Puss and his closest friend, the deceptive Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), have been searching for years. When Puss reunites with Dumpty and meets the sassy Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), he agrees to work with them to get a better shot at accomplishing his goal, and to give his friendship with Dumpty a second chance.

What I found nice about the film was the way everything was going smoothly. There weren’t any rough patches, lame fart jokes or dead airs. The film never dragged and every scene felt like it was necessary to build up the story. The animation is the best I’ve seen since “How to Train Your Dragon” (One of my Top 5 movies of 2010), and the voiceover is top notch.

But the best part of the movie is the characters themselves. Each of them was introduced well and had great character development. You’ll want to know more about them, especially Humpty Dumpty, a character which I never imagined would have a big role in a movie. Banderas, Galifianakis, and Hayek shined, although I found the film to be lacking some other anthropomorphic speaking characters.

Don't look at the eyes, you'll be hypnotized.

This movie is definitely worth watching. It’s a bit disappointing since it only earned more than half of the final Shrek movie earned. People need to check this out because in my opinion it’s four times better than “Shrek Forever After”. I realized after watching this that Puss doesn’t need to be Shrek’s sidekick; because he can stand alone all by himself with his sombrero, sword and signature high-heeled boots.

GRADE: B

I Agreed With the MAJORITY

Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Fresh, 6.9/10 Critic Rating

Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 65/100

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