As the SHREK movies plodded on, they got more and more standardized and less and less funny. One of the few character standouts was the Antonio Banderas voiced Puss in Boots. Surely, someone would realize the genius of this paring, as Banderas was BORN to voice roles like this, and give him his own movie…
The adage “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it” has never been more apt than it is here. The idea of giving Puss his own movie is genius, the actualization fails somewhat in execution. A backstory dealing with his troubled youth and the poor influence of Humpty Dumpty (voiced by a surprisingly flat and low key Zach Galifianakas) and a quest for fabled magic beans should be a fun romp.
Unfortunately, it isn’t. The jokes fall flat, the anthropomorphized animals are beyond anything we’ve seen so far in the Shrek universe, and the plot feels like a forced attempt to squeeze in a few storybook characters that have been left out of the adventures so far. Admittedly, there was a fairly awesome joke that almost sailed over my head in regards to the identity of the final baddie. When I got it, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to laugh or groan. I won’t spoil it just incase someone wants to watch, but I can’t say I recommend it….
Puss In Boots – C