Puss in Boots: Badass Animated Kitties
Antonio BanderasBilly Bob Thornton...
Action & AdventureAnimation...
In 1 Cinema
Puss (Banderas) grew up in an orphanage where he met his best friend
Humpty Dumpty (Galifianakis). Together, they dreamed of finding Jack and the
Beanstalk’s magic beans, which would lead them to a veritable treasure trove of
golden eggs and the goose that lays them. These eggs would make them rich,
allowing them to escape the orphanage. However, as they grew up, their paths
started to diverge. Puss was more into being the town hero while Humpty
couldn’t give up his mischievous ways.
As time goes by, Puss tires of the outlaw life. Upon hearing rumours of
the magic beans being in the possession of the dastardly Jack and Jill, he
takes it upon himself to steal them in order to get the golden eggs, repay his
debts and go home again. While attempting to rob a sleeping Jack and Jill, Puss
is interrupted by Kitty Softpaws (Hayek) who wants the beans for herself. Their
altercation wakes up Jack and Jill, thus thwarting both of their plans. Upon
escaping, Puss finds out that Kitty is partners with Humpty Dumpty, who is now
out of prison, and inviting him to join their group. Puss, who is by now
thoroughly smitten with Kitty, agrees despite being highly suspicious of
Humpty’s motives and intentions.
The tight, focused script ensures that the crazier aspects of the film aren’t
superfluous and don’t distract from the characters’ main quest. It’s also jam-packed
full of hilarious jokes. Jack and Jill in particular have a really entertaining
conversation revolving around Jack’s desire to have a baby and Jill’s complete
lack of interest in procreation.
In fact, the voiceover work was uniformly very impressive. Banderas and
Hayek do fantastic jobs with their characters. Puss is macho, smooth and pretty
adept with a sword while Kitty is smart, fearless and can rob anyone blind,
which she does pretty frequently. Galifianakis’ Humpty provides the snide,
tense foil to Puss and Kitty’s suave, confidence.
The 3D definitely heightens the film’s fun factor. It was more than
worth it just for the scenes where our trio ascend and descend the giant,
flourishing, spirally beanstalk. Another fun showcase for the 3D was a scene in
which they dive in and out of fluffy clouds, leaping from one to the
Puss in Boots (or Cat in Boots depending on which
cinema you go to) targets kids but that doesn’t mean that adults won’t
find it a whole lot of fun too.