'Puss in Boots' Review By Corey W.

Which of you cool cats wanna go get high off of some cat-nip?
  • OVERALL
    3.0
    WORTHY
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
In May of 2010, Dreamworks Animation wrapped-up its biggest phenomenon of characters that lasted together for four full-length films-Shrek and friends. With an end, of course, there is always a way to change that: traveling back to the beginning. Prequels were always a strong possibility with the Shrek franchise, almost a hundred-percent definite, but for it to happen just one year later it still doesn't feel like Shrek has concluded, when in fact, it has. When the final Shrek movie released last year I remember thinking a Donkey movie was next. When I first heard the news on a prequel following the swashbuckling adventures of Puss in Boots, I was a bit skeptical. Not because I had doubt in the character, but because I felt it was just a way to milk out anything Shrek related without actually featuring Shrek. Even with a Donkey prequel like I expected, I would have been skeptical about that as well. Shrek 4 may have been intended to actually be the conclusion to all of the characters, but after the amounts of money it made Puss in Boots was the ultimate idea to make more. Depending on the amount of money Puss in Boots will make, which will be a lot, I'm sure we'll either see a sequel of the infamous cat or a prequel/follow-up for another character in the Shrek universe.

Puss in Boots had a very large shoe to fill...or boot if you want to be smart-ass. Kung Fu Panda 2 was an excellent film, one that was better than the first, and Puss would have to do a hell of a lot to keep up on the same level of greatness. While Puss in Boots is far from as incredible as Kung Fu Panda 2 was, its still redeems the Shrek franchise on a couple of different levels. Some may not like that I consider Puss in Boots to be apart of the Shrek franchise, but let me tell you this, if the films connects that only means it takes place in that specific franchise. Puss in Boots may become a trilogy of its own one day, but as of right now this is the fifth-film in the Shrek Universe of motion-pictures.

The trailers didn't naturally pique my curiosity or interest the way I expected them to. I thought that all the articles leading up to the first trailer would bother me, then I'd be proven by surprise that maybe the film would be worth-while. It never worked out. The trailers were not crafted well-enough to grasp any attention. The only solution I could find for this is to wait for the film itself and just find out from there. You guys all know me well-enough by now so don't ever be surprised when you see me reviewing a film that I was never interested in opening weekend! Besides, after the dazzling 3D that Kung Fu Panda 2 provided us with, I was hoping Puss in Boots would have that same effect.

The 3D in Puss in Boots was great but not even comparable to the beautiful 3D Kung Fu Panda 2 held. The two films set different looks, however. Kung Fu Panda is filled with color-schemes, while Puss in Boots is much darker and in the same setting most of the time. Even still, the 3D in the film is great and definitely worth the ticket-admission. Some of the shots are just remarkably mad, so in all that certainly made good-use for the 3D effects.

If there is one thing I loved about Puss in Boots, its the fact that it travels back to the original roots Shrek did perfectly. The use of adult-humor in the film is all over the place, which is a good thing because both Shrek 3 and 4 were a little too kiddie for my liking. A lot of the time, the adult humor will fly over parents' heads because I remember laughing in several instances where I found myself to be the only person laughing in the theater. Puss in Boots so cleverly develops a joke that pokes fun at my favorite film of all time, Fight Club, so that I appreciated most definitely. Then there are jokes were cat-nip is thought of as the kitty-version of weed. That one there may be a little over-the-top but it received the biggest laugh from me throughout the entire picture. Then you have a couple of sex-jokes that fit right into the adult-humor section. Some parents may not like the way Puss in Boots devises such humor, but hey, it was good to see that same humor the first Shrek used years and years ago!

Most of the characters, other than Puss, were not developed as good as they could have been. Humpty Dumpty had a nice back-story that explained his relationship with Puss, but his character still felt as though something was missing the entire time. Jack and Jill, who feel as if they are a married couple here other than brother and sister, are confusing to watch at times. I did not like their use to the film at all. Shrek films have always provided a ton of fairy-tale characters and Puss In Boots is no different, except for the fact that the characters they borrow are mashed-up and developed a tad bit odd.

Chris Miller redeems himself after the horrible mess that Shrek the Third was. When I found out that the guy who made the worst Shrek film of them all was behind the Puss in Boots prequel, I was not just worried but sold on the fact that this film would be a disaster. To my surprise, the man does an excellent job with Puss in Boots. The 3D, as I've already mentioned, is fantastic. The only thing missing with Puss in Boots' development is a couple of references to Shrek himself. I know that its supposed to be a prequel, but the viewers could have at least gotten a glimpse of their ugly green ogre. Something as simple as the joke in First Class featuring a scene with Wolverine would have made Puss in Boots a whole lot better! I also would have liked to see a musical-number at the end too. It was pretty much a tradition for the Shrek flicks so not seeing something similar to that here was surprising and unsatisfying.

Overall, the story to the film may not be the greatest, but it serves a plate a lot tastier than the last two Shrek films dished out. Puss in Boots is surprisingly fun, even though it lacks in a couple of categories. Even though I'd rather see a prequel/follow-up on a different character (like Donkey), I'll be able to live with another Puss in Boots adventure. Based on what Eddie Murphy has been saying on the future of his career in the family-film department, we can almost be positive a Donkey film won't happen and another Puss in Boots will. Meow!

Thanks for the read!

-Written by Corey Wood

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Comments (30)

  1. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- Very good review, man. This rating seems very fitting for this rating, and I'm sure I'll give it the same rating. I just wish I enjoyed 'Kung Fu Panda 2' as much as you and @moviegeek did.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. Corey W.

    @moviegeek Oh, you said "funny, but no :P" so I was expecting a lower rating ha

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  3. moviegeek

    @corey 3.5 :P you could've just looked on the movie page at this rate lol.

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  4. Corey W.

    @moviegeek Wait....so what was your rating? haha

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  5. Corey W.

    @diaigma Spin-off, prequel, blah. Mixed up the words. Thanks :P

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  6. Diaigma

    Spin-off, @corey. Spin-off. Not a prequel ... hence the reason they show no ogre.

    Then again, I still need to see this. I know. Mr. resident animation guy hasn't seen it yet. When I do, I'll review.

    Based on your review, I'm sure I'll enjoy it :)

    2 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  7. Georgia DiPirro

    @corey Good Job, I agree, the trailers didn't pique my curiosity, it's goos to read you thought i t was fun. Love your detail and passion.

    2 years agoby @Georgia-DiPirroFlag

  8. moviegeek

    @corey Funny, but no :P

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  9. Corey W.

    @moviegeek 3/5?!

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  10. moviegeek

    @corey well I watched this. Guess my rating.

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  11. Corey W.

    @slysnide You might like Puss in Boots then because thats pretty much all it is, adult humor. Which is good..

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  12. Corey W.

    @ROFLitschristian I see what you're saying. Puss has more backstory too. What crazy adventure would Donkey ever go through? He life barely started before he ever met Shrek? Maybe we could see the difficulties of surviving as a Donkey and resisting being captured...

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  13. ROFLitschristian

    I also never realized that Shrek 3 was aimed so much at kids. I remember watching it in the theater and literally crying with laughter. But now I don't get that same feeling I have with Shrek 2. Hmm...

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  14. ROFLitschristian

    Another good review. I was actually more excited about a Puss in Boots spin-off than a Donkey spin-off. Donkey just doesn't seem like he can hold up on his own.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Good review

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. slysnide

    @corey: That's why I stopped watching the "Shrek" series after 2. Not enough adult humor.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  17. Corey W.

    @stoned@kbelliveau Thanks guys. Comments always appreciated :)

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  18. kbelliveau

    @corey Very good review man! I might check this out sometime.

    2 years agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  19. TheStonedReviewer

    About what i'd expected, enjoyable but just not up there with shrek, nice review sir!

    2 years agoby @stonedFlag

  20. Corey W.

    @moviegeek Thanks. There isn't much I didn't like about it. I just just about everything. But anything over 3 stars would feel wrong.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  21. moviegeek

    I'm not getting a clear sense of what you didn't like about the picture really. But I can tell you weren't and still aren't all that interested in this picture :P. I guess I haven't viewed this as a Shrek sequel either so maybe that's what im not picking up on. Either way, a good read bro .

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  22. skywise

    @corey Solid review. I loved the intro of Puss in Boots in the Shrek franchise so i will probably be seeing this but i had the same worries as you what with Chris Miller behind this.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. Corey W.

    @monkeyiron2-0 I don't remember, but probably..

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  24. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @corey u read my real steel review and attb review

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  25. Corey W.

    @monkeyiron2-0 It doesn't say it straight-forward, but if you understand the execution of the joke you'll know it refers to weed, yeah.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  26. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @corey wait cat nip is used as weed

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  27. Corey W.

    @ghostman Thanks man! Get on it then haha

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  28. Ghostman

    I want to see this, but I'll be sure that i will because he is one of my favorite Shrek characters :) great review my friend!

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