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(Rating: PG, 90 mins) Written by Zen Terrelonge
Starring – Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton.
Puss in Boots (Banderas) is arguably one of the best characters to come out of the Shrek films and clearly Dreamworks thinks so too.
The animation firm has bestowed the menacing moggy with his own story, free of talking donkeys and moody ogres, Puss is given the chance to stand on his own two feet. And I must say he does it in some very handsome footwear too.
Puss’ story begins with him demonstrating his lady(cat)killer abilities before he seeks out a quest to score some loot.
As luck would have it, the murderous couple Jack (Thornton) and Jill have got their hands on a set of magic beans (yup, as in Jack of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ magic beans) and Puss wants them for himself.
With the beans in his grasp, he would be able to summon the beanstalk to the giant’s castle and find the goose and all its golden eggy glory.
That of course, is easier said than done and to accomplish his task and beat the Mr and Mrs, Puss must enlist the help of the thieving Kitty Softpaws (Hayek) and to his horror, his nemesis – Humpty Dumpty (Galifianakis).
The introduction of his oval enemy leads to a back story, which reveals the origins of Puss, how he got his boots and where his hatred of Dumpty stems from.
Jack and Jill are brilliant, they’re reborn in a way that probably wouldn’t have been conceived anywhere else. Both are obsessed with causing chaos, they look like absolute brutes and despite this, Jack is set on bringing children into the world to the dismay of his wife.
Puss is a mixture of musketeer and Zorro, and it goes just beyond his very fashionable hat. Though the latter comparison would of course be expected from Banderas, he pulls off a charismatic performance that truly makes Puss a loveable figure.
Kitty Softpaws is the match for Puss, providing a true femme fatale, the likes of which could be compared to Jessica Rabbit. She’s feisty and mischievous, the perfect female for our hero.
Humpty Dumpty is an interesting creation,devious and creative, he’s the Moriarty of the Dreamworks world and Galifianakis has the chance to add a bit of dexterity to his character instead of playing a complete dolt.
Definitely one to watch, and of course, there’s room for a sequel.
Puss in Boots is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.