Puss in Boots movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS PUSS IN BOOTS JUST AS FUN FOR FAMILIES AS THE SHREK SERIES?
While often a fun animation that most young kids will probably enjoy, this spin-off to the Shrek series featuring the adorable cat could be a little less average. Antonio Banderas gives a great voice performance as the charming character of Puss in Boots.
Outlaw cat Puss in Boots teams up with Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Dumpty to retrieve the legendary magical beans from criminals Jack and Jill, in order to clear his name and save his lost honour.
Director: Chris Miller
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris
Writer: Tom Wheeler
Release Date (Australia): 8 December 2011
Runtime: 90 minutes/1h 30m
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Language: English, Spanish
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film contains mild themes of betrayal, self-sacrifice and revenge. There are also multiple sequences featuring a mild sense of threat and peril.
The film contains animated scenes depicting fighting, sword fights and the use of weapons.
The film contains very mild sexual innuendo.
PG (for some adventure action and mild rude humor)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Puss in Boots stars as the adorable lead cat in his very own watchable, yet empty and unmemorable animated spin-off to Shrek. The fun and originality of the Shrek movies started going downhill after the releases of the first two, which remain fairy tale classics to this day. The fact that they thought to do a feature film on one of Shrek’s minor, yet greatest characters is a plausible idea, but it didn’t work out the way it could have.
Making his first appearance in Shrek 2, the film centres on the Spanish-speaking Puss in Boots as he teams up with Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Dumpty on a perilous journey to retrieve the legendary magic beans from criminals Jack and Jill, and embark on an epic quest to find the magical eggs laid by the Golden Goose up the beanstalk. “Humpty Dumpty”, “Jack and Jill”, and a magical beanstalk, this is obviously a spin-off that takes one of the Shrek movies’ ideas and includes a bunch of fairy tales in its plot. The story is pretty average and most of what happens is predictable, but families will probably have fun and some kids might enjoy the betrayal-related plot twist.
Antonio Banderas is fantastic in his voice portrayal of Puss in Boots; the character is cutely-animated and most of the film’s charm comes from his precious, but not successfully serious face. Salma Hayek is also pretty good in her worthy voice performance as Kitty Softpaws. Humpty Dumpty, on the other hand, is one of those animated kids’ movie characters who might crawl under your skin at times. This isn’t the fault of actor Zach Galifianakis however, who voices the character pretty well, but more because of the writing and his dialogue.
It’s pointless and predictable to say that the animation is magical, although apart from the cuteness of Puss in Boots, it’s not memorable or destined to label as “catchy” for many audiences. Most families and even adults will find the film entertaining, but it’s not special, touching, overly pleasing, or even a movie you would sit through again. Watching it whilst briefly distracted with another task or activity is probably the best way to go.
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