Puss in Boots

After Shrek 2, I lost track of the film series and fairy tales altogether. For the newer films that tried to replicate the ensemble fairy tale cast I often found myself confused and unable to recognize some of the characters. Luckily, for the prequel (in a way) of Puss in Boots, there were only a few fairy tale references that needed recognition to understand the characters. The plot, however, was a different story.


Puss (Antonio Banderas) is trying to find a way to clear his name as an outlaw when the opportunity to get the magic beans from Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris) arises. On his way, he is thwarted by Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and is reunited with an old friend, Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis). The trio then team up to get the beans and use the beanstalk to get the golden eggs from the goose.

There is a lot more that goes into the story, but up there is the main point. The rest of the plot is unnecessarily convoluted and very adult-driven, not in its content, but in its complexity. I’m sure more than a few kids looked to their parents with perplexed expressions and dipped into anxious boredom. This ends up being the main flaw of the film as the rest of it is not half bad. Since Puss in Boots was a largely unrequested chapter in the film franchise, the expectations were low and to be honest, the expectations are reached in full. Nothing is terrible about the film, but nothing really grabs your attention and piques your interest.

Artistic choices made the film much more enjoyable, as the animation was excellent. The idea of Jack and Jill being giant, mongoloid thugs was mildly amusing upon first glance and put an original spin on the classic tale. Meanwhile, I am convinced Hollywood is convinced there are two people in the world with Spanish accents (Banderas and Hayek). I’m aware Banderas played Puss in previous roles, but still, I’m sure there is more than one actress with a sultry Spanish voice. Also, the Rodrigo y Gabriela-heavy soundtrack makes everything that much better.

When all is said and done, Puss in Boots gets the job done. You chuckle a few times, see some cool animation and get plenty of egg and cat-related puns. As I said earlier, nothing too great; nothing too poor. Just a run-of-the-mill children’s comedy.

  1. October 23rd, 2012

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