Rounding off our reviews of the less beloved films in the Shrek franchise, Puss in Boots tells the cat’s backstory in a quest to find the golden eggs from the top of a beanstalk.
Along with the latter-day Shrek films, Puss in Boots belongs in the litter tray. And I speak with some authority, having played Puss in Boots in a primary school performance circa 1998.
In furness, the film looks good – purrticularly when compared to the eye-scratchingly bad Garfield movies. The well-rendered animation makes you fully believe that a cat could actually wear boots.
The action is equally meowgnificent, featuring plenty of exciting Indiana Jones chases and Zorro sword fights. But for all these cultural reference points, the film is desperately lacking in funny mewments.
Young viewers and Shrek fans will likely be bored by the film’s lengthy and laugh-free flashbacks, featuring Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty – probably the most eggceptionally annoying character in the Shrek universe.
Clearly they’ve run out of popular fairytale characters, or are saving them for future Shrek films. And despite Antonio Banderas’ pleasing vocal performance as the adorable protabbynist, the film will leave you feline disappointed.
While Puss in Boots offers a certain amount of feline fun, Catwoman is the funnier cat movie. Apparently there’s a sequel due in 2018. You have got to be kitten me.