By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Two Beers) –
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Returning to the fairytale universe of the Shrek series, Puss In Boots focuses on the footwear-clad feline as he teams up with Humpty Dumpty to steal magic beans from Jack and Jill, who are planning on using them to grow a giant beanstalk into the clouds in a greedy search for the goose that lays golden eggs.
Apparently the writers missed this sign
I’ll just say it, I fucking hate the Shrek movies. Okay, the first one was watchable enough, but did they ever overfish that pond? So when I heard that they were making a spinoff movie from the same universe I was expecting very little. I must admit now and to the whole world that my suspicions were completely unfounded. The team at Dreamworks Animation Studios have delivered a satisfying movie, which is both technically proficient and cleverly written. Taking a page from the Pixar handbook, they take a time-tested storyline and flesh it out with rounded characters and humorous dialog.
Antonio Banderas is at his absolute best as the debonaire cat “Puss”, which is without a doubt the kind of character he was born to play. Salma Hayek compliments him perfectly as Kitty Softpaws, who evokes the kind of feeling that one starts to think that Puss in Boots is the ultimate Furry version of Zorro.
A fact which you’ll either find strangly erotic, or pants-shittingly terrifying
Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris, and Zach Galifianakis each provide strong supporting voices, each of which are fully formed characters, and not just one-off jokes, a first for the Shrek series. Since this film departs so much from the Shrek formula though, I shall refrain from further comparisons.
Buoying the film is some of the best character animation I’ve seen to date. The emotions are communicated in such a lifelike manner that it is often easy to forget that you’re watching a cartoon, even when the emotions are being delivered from what amounts to a giant talking egg.
Grit and determination, with a side of Hashbrowns
While definitely entertaining, and satisfying to see Dreamworks Animation mining for deeper feeling from its characters, the film still lacks the story polish that is deserving of deeply-felt emotions. Part of the problem is the film’s insistence on telling Humpty and Puss’s backstory. A more dynamic script would have worked their backstory into the film simply by having these characters interact with each other, dropping the occasional context clue which pointed to the past. Instead flashback is used as a bullhorn, shouting in the face of the audience. Also, there is a significant plot hole *spoilers* in the scene where Humpty reveals that he had tricked Puss all along, and gets him captured by the village guards. The guards knew Humpty was a criminal too, so why did they not immediately try to sieze him?
Adventure, excitement, and more Pussy jokes than From Dusk Till Dawn
Ok… so maybe not
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: for every egg joke
Take a Drink: any time Kitty Soft Paws steals something
Down a Shot: for obligatory Dance Party!