My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Spinning off the fabulous Puss in Boots character from Shrek 2, Puss in Boots is a stand-alone story that has nothing to do with the Shrek universe. Whereas the Shrek films are flat-out parodies, Puss in Boots is a comedic swashbuckling adventure.
Puss in Boots is set in a generic Spanish/Mexican desert frontier. Puss (Antonio Banderas) is quickly established as a suave and seductive rogue with a price on his head. Basically, he’s Zorro with a fur coat. The main plot involves a scheme by Puss’s boyhood friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) to steal magic beans from Jack & Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris), climb the magic beanstalk, and steal the treasure in the giant’s sky castle. Along for the heist is Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), who predictably goes from Puss’s rival to love interest.
Banderas steals the show voicing Puss, just as he did in the Shrek films. The other actors hold their own, creating plenty of action and humor for kids and adults. The visuals are stunning, especially in 3D (the cloud sequence is simply amazing!). The music by Henry Jackman is wonderful, using traditional Latin sounds to enhance the story.
Puss in Boots is the most interesting cat in the world — and he rides a horse!