Who doesn’t love a great cartoon? “Puss in Boots” has all of the humor, irreverence, and death-defying ignorance of the laws of physics to make the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote jealous. But, “Puss” is hardly a cartoon. While pure camp and very funny, the film is a marvel of high definition graphic animation.
The story is convoluted, but it hardly matters – too many hilarious things happen along the way. Puss (Antonio Banderas), late of the “Shrek” films, is a rogue kitty with a golden heart and tarnished past. He is in the hunt for the magic beans that are held by Jack and Jill, two evil and formidable characters (who’d a guessed?).
Puss must plant the beans to grow the giant beanstalk that will lead him to the golden goose, whose 24-karat eggs will restore his adopted home and good name.
Humpty Dumpty is Puss’ friend, a local grifter, who is now a rotten egg, then a good egg, rotten, then good. You get the point. And, Kitty Soft Paws (Selma Hayek) is Puss’ beautiful, thieving, love interest.
It might help, but you don’t have to love nursery rhymes or cats to appreciate the fun wedded into these characters and this story.
In great animated features we have had beautiful maids, evil step-mothers, mermaids, witches, dragons, dwarfs, genies, ogres, talking animals … they all entertain. Entertainment is in the depth and quality of the writing unhindered by conventional settings. Plus, the better the visual presentation, the better the total package.
So it is with “Puss.”
When Puss and Kitty do their dance fight it is fast, clever and hilariously original. Take the kids to this movie and plan on enjoying it yourself.
Jim Wigge is a Cazenovia resident and long-time film-aficionado. After retiring from his career as an engineer, he has shifted his focus to reviewing movies for the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached through the editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.