I’ve always been undecided about Dreamworks Animation. On one hand, they’ve released some absolutely mediocre movies (hey, I’m being nice here), such as A Shark’s Tale, Bee Movie, and Shrek 3. On the other hand they’ve been getting it right a lot recently, with movies like the fantastic Kung Fu Panda, Megamind, and How to train your Dragon. Their latest release, Puss in Boots, thankfully continues this trend.
Without giving too much away, the story follows PiB (changed from Puss for fairly obvious reasons) as he tries to steal the legendary magic beans from Jack and Jill. Along the way we meet the alluring love interest, a former friend from his past, and discover how he became the great, great lover that he is. The movie follows a relatively predictable route, but it’s a lot of fun along the way.
For those of you expecting the movie to follow in the path of Shrek, you’ll be disappointed. On the other hand, if you think the Shrek movies were steadily going down with each new release, you’ll be overjoyed! While PiB does borrow a few characters names, and some basic plotlines from fairy tales, that’s where the similarity ends. The best way to describe PiB is an awesome adventure movie combined with a sense of humour that seems more in line with the website I can haz cheeseburger, than it does the sarcastic parody of previous Shrek titles. It does have some moments which has kids in stitches while the adults are all groaning in agony, but it also managed to throw in some absolutely hilarious (read filthy) adult humour. PiB barely takes itself at all seriously, so it ends up being more fun that a barrel full of lolcats.
Movie rating: Recommended watch!