Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Puss In Boots

And, speaking of movies that are almost, but not quite, entirely unlike their origin material, we caught up with “Puss In Boots” on Christmas Day. This spin-off from the “Shrek” fairy-tale world has nothing whatever to do with the Marquis du Carabas or any of the elements of the classic fairytale. Instead, it is largely an homage to Sergio Leone-style spaghetti Westerns and star Antonio Banderas’ own “Zorro” movies. Although according to the script, the setting is Spain, the environs of the town of San Ricardo and its inhabitants are pretty clearly Mexican, and there are other Leone homages such as split-screen sequences.

The plot is pretty good and surprisingly convoluted with some decent surprises as we get to see Puss In Boots’ origin story. Flashbacks are integrated with a decent action-adventure. Animation, character design, and backgrounds are actually a bit better than the Shrek sequence, natural for evolving technology, but without as many embedded jokes as we’ve become used to in “Far Faraway.”

Voice acting by Banderas as Puss, Salma Hayek as “Kitty Softpaws,” and Zach Galifianakis as the scheming “Humpty Dumpty”, is good, and it’s fun to find out in the credits that bad guys “Jack and Jill,” were voiced by Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris, and that Guillermo Del Toro did character voices as well.

Pure fun, and enjoyable for most ages, although young kids will miss some innuendos. Action sequences might be intense for the very young.

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