When I first started Two Cent two and a half years ago, it was originally called Quickie Reviews and then Fast Film Reviews. Puss in Boots got a two or three sentence review back in 2020. This is a more expansive upgrade of my previous review originally posted to Instagram way before this site ever existed. Enjoy!
Betrayal, heartbreak, and revenge. Sounds about right for a family-friendly animated flick! Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) was first introduced in Shrek 2 and was a mysterious enough character to be given his own movie back in 2011.
Puss is an outlaw on the run in fear of being caught for a crime he didn’t commit. It was a combination of wrong place wrong time and misplaced trust in his former best friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis). Now, he’s on a mission to hunt down the famous magical beans that will lead him to the Golden Goose who lays the Golden eggs. But he’s not the only one after the beans of legend. Cat Burglar Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) is also after the beans. It turns out she’s teamed up with the egg who betrayed him which leads to Puss giving Kitty his entire backstory from his time at the orphanage and his friendship with Humpty all the way to the crime that tore the two unlikely brothers apart.
It takes convincing, but against his better judgement, he teams up with his old friend and potential love interest, and they embark on their crazy get-rich-quick scheme. Their goal is simple: Steal the beans from Jack and Jill. But everything is not as it seems, and history has a way of repeating itself. Puss in Boots is a great story about how outlaws can be heroes and even bad eggs can be redeemed.
Did we need a Puss in Boots movie? No. But I’m glad we got one anyway. A great cast plus fun action-packed story equals a solo outing that puts the original Shrek to shame. Especially when it comes to content issues which this movie doesn’t really have. There’s one innuendo and one partial misuse of God’s name. That’s it. World’s better compared to the original Shrek with all of its language problems. I’m excited to check out the sequel! The original can be rented from online retailers. And libraries still exist. Check it out!