UK Release Date: 9th December 2011
Watched on Sky+ Friday 17th August 2012.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
As a cat lover I felt I couldn’t pass on a chance to see this one. For me, Puss in Boots was always one of my favourite characters in the Shrek movies and so a spin-off was inevitable. Did it live up to expectations?... Well, I’ll tell you after this very brief summary.
In this film we hear about the early years of Puss; how he was brought up in an orphanage and about his childhood best friend Humpty Dumpty. It all went sour when Humpty duped Puss into helping him on a bank job that theft him in jail and Puss on the run. They had not spoken for many years when they are brought together by one Kitty Softpaws; a feline femme fatal if ever I saw one! Humpty wants Puss to help him pull the ultimate heist, he wants to steal the magic beans, grow the beanstalk and lift the golden goose. The trouble is the beans are in the possession of the notorious Jack and Jill! Can they get the beans, grow the stalk, steal the goose and restore Puss’s reputation? Well, I think you probably guessed it; I’m not going to tell you here. The Spoiler Police (Storybook Division) are getting tougher since they had training from the Grimms.
Well animated with a nice musical score by Henry Jackman; the quality of the picture is great as well (no 3D here). Performance wise; well it wouldn’t be Puss in Boots without the voice of Antonio Banderas in the starring role, and he really nailed it again here! Salma Hayek did a very decent job as Kitty Softpaws and Zach Galifianakis was adequate as Humpty Dumpty (more on him later). Honourable mentions go to; Billy Bob Thornton as Jack, Amy Sedaris as Jill, Constance Marie as Imelda and Guillermo del Toro as Moustache Man/Comandate.
Although, in parts it was pretty funny and there were some nice one-liners and the usual subtle references to other movies; I felt there was something missing (apart from Shrek… and Donkey…etc). At the end of the day I put it down to the fact that I didn’t find the character of Humpty Dumpty very convincing. His motivations seemed very vague for the amount of effort he put in. This aside, it’s well made, pretty enjoyable and it’s got Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots! Could have been better though.
SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED (just).
My Score 6.4/10
IMDb Score: 6.7/10 (based on 49,821 votes at the time of going to press).
MetaScore: 65/100: (Based on 24 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com at the time of going to press).
Rotten Tomatoes ‘Audience’ Score: 70/100 ‘Liked It’ (based on 66,712 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).
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Kitty Softpaws: That's a lot of heel for a guy, don't you think?
Humpty Dumpty: First rule of Bean Club, don't talk about Bean Club. The second rule of Bean Club... don't talk about Bean Club.
Jill: [dangles Puss over a canyon] Is it true a cat always lands on its feet?
Puss in Boots: No! That is just a rumour, spread by dogs!
Kitty Softpaws: [In a calm voice] You owe me.
Puss in Boots: I owe you?
Kitty Softpaws: [starts to flirt with Puss] Uh-huh. You hit me in the head with a guitar.
Puss in Boots: I, uh, regret the guitar.
Kitty Softpaws: Okay, I forgive you.
(Note: All were working at the time of going to press)
Official Site: http://www.pussinbootsthemovie.com/