"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
- John Lennon
We are all familiar with fairy tales but ever since the Shrek franchise, our conventional mentalities on them have been warped and reshaped for the 20th century. DreamWorks Studio's latest venture in this thought process is Puss In Boots.
A prequel to Shrek 2  – when the character of Puss In Boots is first introduced – this new effort from DreamWorks traces the events in Puss' life leading up to when he meets Shrek and Donkey. Beginning with when he was an orphan along with best friend Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zack Galifianakis), it follows them on their journey as they try to steal the magic beans from Jack and Jill and grow the beanstalk so they can climb up to the clouds to where the giant lives in his castle and get some golden goose eggs. Makes complete sense, right? Also, along the way they accidentally meet Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek), a female feline with a similar agenda.
This film is definitely for children, but fans of the Shrek series may also enjoy its quirky spin on classic fairy tales, the comic reflexes of the title character, and the warming relationships he has with those around him. But where it falters is the second act. At a runtime of only 80 minutes, the second act makes it feel like two hours. This is probably because the story lacks overall scope and so it seems as if the story of Puss and Humpty is stretched out and milked for every detail. That having been said, it does pick up for the third act. Puss In Boots is well-designed, the voices are great and give way to a few nice little gags but there are only a few.
Tied together by a few exciting action sequences as well as references to the Shrek series, Puss In Boots will be money well-spent if you have children to entertain over Christmas, but at the end of the day is quite a supplementary film in that it was never really needed. It also would've been nice for it to end with when he meets Shrek and Donkey in Shrek 2. Without this, it feels like DreamWorks needed an excuse to make a film focusing solely on this swashbuckling, hairball-heaving hero.
I am looking forward to this one but I do have this little feeling that it may be a let down. Shrek was just such a good movie, it is kind of hard to live up to that, as can be seen in the following three films. I am hoping this will have some great moments to laugh at as Puss in Boots was one of my favourite characters from the movies. Good review, thank you for the help.