Puss In Boots Review

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o be honest, I’m quite glad the Shrek franchise has finished. Even though the first and second films were very good, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After were a step too far. While I’m tired of the loveable ogre and his brood, a spin-off would by no means offend me. Good job really, with the release of Puss in Boots. Puss just happens to be my favourite Shrek character: he’s cute, plucky and voiced by Antonio Banderas. With no backstory to speak of, Puss is the character to benefit most from his own movie. But is it different enough to add a new edge to the Shrek universe?

Puss in Boots, set before Shrek 2, depicts Puss’ life pre-ogre and donkey duo; offering a background and depth to the feisty feline. We learn about Puss’ child (kitten?) hood, and relationship with friend and fellow orphan Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifianakis from The Hangover films). Since they were young, both Puss and Humpty have dreamt about getting their mitts on some magic beans which would ultimately lead to owning the Golden Goose and therefore an unlimited supply of golden eggs. Whilst rekindling this friendship on the hunt of these magic beans, our furry protagonist meets Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek); a cat burglar after Puss’ own heart.

Directed by Chris Miller, director of my least favourite of the Shrek films (Shrek the Third), Puss in Boots has exactly the same formula that has made the Shrek movies so successful; fairy tales are drawn upon heavily for inspiration, there are jokes for all the family and the animation is faultless. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring anything new to the table.  Puss in Boots is fast paced and frightfully funny, but it’s not fresh. Whilst it is a welcome edition to the Shrek family, I think they may have finally all exhausted fairy tale inspiration available.

  • Nostra
    January 17, 2012

    It was a pretty enjoyable movie with some funny jokes. I can agree with you about it not feeling fresh…can’t quite put my finger on it, but know what you mena.

    • Amy
      January 18, 2012

      Thanks for the comment Nostra, it wasn’t a terrible film it’s just a tired concept. Some amazing animations out this year though, so looking forward to seeing new ideas!

  • Scott Lawlor
    January 17, 2012

    I need to see this one. My girls would love it

    • Amy
      January 18, 2012

      I’m sure they would, there seemed to be a lot of happy little people in the screen! Thanks for the comment Scott

  • Max
    January 17, 2012

    Out of all the animated films this year; Puss in Boots, Rango, and Tintin are the ones I haven’t seen but would like too. I’m glad to hear it was fun at least. I could use a break from Donkey for sure.

    • Amy
      January 18, 2012

      Donkey did start to really grate me towards the end of the series. I would recommend Rango and Tintin over Puss in Boots though, Rango is wonderful!

  • Rob
    January 19, 2012

    A refreshing break from a franchise that seemed to churn out the same recurring gags. I think it’s safe to say Puss made Shrek the Third and Shrek Happily Ever After bearable to watch, I’ve always wanted to see more from the feline fighter and Puss in Boots delivered. Let’s just hope there won’t be more and more spin offs from other characters from within the Shrek universe!

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