Puss in Boots – Film Review

Have you ever seen a cat in boots with a hat and a rapier who is faster than any of the three musketeers? Have you ever heard a cat talking with a Spanish accent, pointing the rapier at you faster than a lighting bolt?

Puss in Boots is one of the funniest characters cinema has produced in recent years. He is witty, clever, fast and the Casanova of the 21st century – well, at least for female cats … .

Puss in Boots grew out of the Shrek character with the same name. The Shrek films were a great success and made many children and adults laugh in cinemas around the world. This film now follows this tradition as a great and funny animated film and it greatly met my expectations.

The film is about the life of Puss (Antonio Banderas), who grew up as an orphan in the Spanish city of San Ricardo. There he is raised in an orphanage by Imelda where he meets Humpty Alexander Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), a walking egg – a character taken from old English folklore. The two become good friends and found the bean club, a club dedicated to finding the magic beans.

Puss becomes a local hero when he rescues the mother of the Comandante (Guillermo del Toro). He receives the boots and the hat from the locals who celebrate him. In the meantime, Humpty becomes a criminal and the two characters grow apart. Puss is tricked by Humpty into stealing the money from the local bank and finally he becomes an outlaw due to Humpty’s treachery.

When he enters a bar years later, some drunkards tell him about the magic beans, which, despite Puss’ initial disbelief, actually exist. He embarks on a quest to steal these beans from Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Gill (Amy Sedaris), who are renowned murderers, somewhat embodying a fat version of Bonny and Clyde. Whilst trying to steal the beans he bumps into Kitty Softpaws, a cat as skilled as himself. He has a dance fight with her, which is one of the most hilarious scenes of the entire movie:

Through Kitty, he meets Humpty again and embarks with the two on a quest to retrieve the magic beans to retrieve the golden goose to pay back his dept to the citizens of San Ricardo and restore his honour.

Does he succeed to get the magic beans and how do Jack and Gill and his old bad sentiments against Humpty come into play? How does he work together with a female cat?

The film is full of little surprises. The plot is somewhat linear, but the movie is so laden with jokes that is does not matter. There is a 2D and a 3D version in the cinema, adding to the great effects modern animation technology has to offer.

This film is en experience for everyone and will make you walk out of the cinema with a big smile on your face. Of course, there are several scenes where you see Puss and his adorable sweet eye trick …

 

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