I know the film is for the over fours, but why not go?
I like cats – hell I own one. Or does he own me?
Developed around the Latin legend that is Antonio Banderas, Puss in Boots is a spin off from the highly successful Shrek animated franchise (Dreamworks). We catch up with Puss at a bad time. He’s gone from hero to zero. Way before he ever met Donkey or Shrek, Puss is back in his home town on the run from bounty hunters after being set up by former best pal and thoroughly rotten egg ‘Humpty Alexander Dumpty’ (Zach Galifianakis ) who he first met as an abandoned kitten at the local orphanage.
Before they fell out, Humpty and Puss dreamed of finding magic beans and the great treasures they would lead to – the castle in the sky and the goose that lays golden eggs. In their unsuccessful quest they form ‘Bean Club’.
“Rule number one of Bean Club – what happens in Bean Club stays in bean club!”
Back in the present, Puss gets wind (or fur ball) that baddies Jack and Jill are in town with a fist full of magic beans. Against his better instincts, Puss reunites with Humpty and glamorous sexy puss Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), to steal the beans, climb the beanstalk and make off with the goose – making them and the villagers rich beyond their wildest dreams, and in the process gaining their forgiveness for previous misdemeanours.
Of course it doesn’t run quite as smoothly as that – did you really expect it to? It turns out that rotten eggs don’t change their spots as Humpty does a bluff and then a double bluff. But after a direct take off from BAFTA nominated ‘Goodies’ episode ‘Change of Life’, where the town gets bombarded by a giant angry goose, Puss saves the day and Humpty turns out to have a golden yolk after all.
It was only half way through that I remembered that I should be watching the film like a four year old. You know the one who goes on a school trip and in their thank you letter to the Stately Home says that the best bit was the bus, lunch and the shop. So embrace your inner child and let me take you on a journey through my best bits.
1. Puss drinking his leche (milk). Weirdly it’s easy to forget that Puss is a cat, so every so often the film is referenced with amusing cat behaviour.
2. When the beanstalk shoots up into the sky, it reminded me of all the times I tried to grow a money tree in the garden.
3. The goose that lays the golden egg looks like Keith Harris’ Orville.
4. There is a dance scene that should land Puss and Kitty a place in next year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
When I asked my husband which bit his inner four year old liked best, he thought for a minute and then said “Humpty’s golden egg suit which farted when he walked.”
See – we never really grow up!