Movie Review: Puss In Boots 3D
If you have children, nieces or nephews, or young cousins, you’re probably going to see this. So the review is irrelevant. But you can at least be encouraged with the knowledge that yes, you will have some good laughs, and there will be some jokes aimed over the heads of the kids. But otherwise, this movie was the disorganized mess of action that you would expect from a long-running animated franchise.
Puss In Boots abandons any attempts to make a cohesive story early on by making clear that this movie is gonna have about fifteen different plot arcs. The great film that started this franchise, Shrek, had one (ok, two) major “quests”: rescue the princess, get back the swamp. And beneath that all, we saw that the true quest was for identity. But Puss’s quests for freedom, then magic beans, then revenge…then there’s a flashback with a few more quests, then beans again, then a Golden Goose, then more revenge, then to save a town…and there’s some love (lust?) thrown in there too. So there’s a lot of fun musical numbers, slapstick comedy, and action sequences throughout, but I kept having to remind myself exactly why.
And I found some of the adult jokes to be a little too much,with the potential to inspire some uncomfortable questions from kids: What does it mean when he keeps calling himself a “great lover”? Why does he tell that girl cat that he’ll “never forget her,” as he leaves her early in the morning? Inquiring child minds will pick up on this.
The voice actors do a fine job, led by the alternately suave and enraged Antonio Banderas. But I thought Zach Galifianakis was miscast as the evil genius Humpty Dumpty. His low key slacker delivery for a neurotic, obsessive character left the film without a really convincing master villain to push against.
So enjoy the lively bits. And be sure to remind your kids that the real Puss In Boots story isn’t about a Spanish outlaw, it’s about a French trickster. And spring for 3D. Why not?