The True Story of Puss ‘N Boots DVD Review

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When my family received The True Story of Puss ‘N Boots DVD, my boys were excited.  They love cat stories.  Their first question was if this was the same cat from Shrek.  I had to explain that it was the same cat character from Shrek, but a different interpretation.  They didn’t mind that it would be a bit different, as I mentioned they just love cat tales.

Am I a bad mother for not previewing this DVD without my children?  I must admit I popped it right into my DVD player and started watching it with my kids.  But the front cover looks delightful and William Shatner provides his voice.  Captain Kirk!  How could it be wrong?

The graphics are great and as the movie starts I am hopeful as they show a large beautiful image of a castle.  This looks amazing and is full of color and life.

Immediately I am puzzled as the queen appears to be drunk??  Could it be true?  She is slurring her words and the king seems to be passed out next to her.  Surely this isn’t what it seems?  Right?

And then there is William Shatner as Puss.  He uses a raspy strange sound.  Even if I wasn’t terribly found of Antonio Banderas’ wonderful voice as Puss, I still wouldn’t enjoy Captain Kirk’s annoying voice.  I know that William Shatner is a great actor and comedian, but I’m afraid his performance in this movie is lacking.

As the tale progresses I remember that this movie was made by French actors and movie producers, and was originally for a French audience.  I believe this must explain the why the movie seems so different to what I am used to.  It is hard to put my finger on it exactly, but the movie is strange.  And the fact that it is French is my only explanation.  I don’t mean to insult anyone who is French.  I love the French.  I have visited Paris and I think it is one of the greatest cities on the planet….

And this is where my husband takes over the review.  As I was writing this post we were discussing the movie.  My husband felt the need to express his opinion on the DVD.  This is where he shows of his elite writing skills and totally upstages me.  Oh well, I do love him!

This is a free adaption of a fairy tale taken from a cultural viewpoint that I am not familiar with.  I have seen many foreign films and they either resonate with me or leave me lost due to lack of context. The  True Story of Puss ‘N Boots left me bewildered and yearning for a pivot point in which I could enjoy the film.  I spent the majority of the time questioning the art direction and dialogue in in search of the films message. After much internalization after watching the DVD, I have come to the conclusion that the film is one small part children’s fare and one larger part experimental artistry. This duality in the film did not work for me as the images of the grotesque characters with over emphasised body parts was in constant and sharp contrast to the children’s story under the oddity. So much, in fact, that the film left me dissapointed and wanting. A fine attempt to breath new life into an old tale, but in this case, the original outshines this new attempt.

From the point of view of my children, the film entertained but had little staying power. My children lost interest and found other activities to entertain them.  In fact they never finished watching the film.  My older son cherishes his TV time and it truly does speak volumes that he walked away.

In the end, The True Story of Puss ‘N Boots is a unique mix of the old and the new that ultimately did not blend well.  Obviously the production company for this film is attempting to monetize on the new Puss ‘N Boots movie since this title was originally released in 2009.

A DVD/Blu Ray combo pack is available for purchase from Amazon for $22.49 or just the DVD version is available for $16.49.  For more information visit The True Story of Puss’n Boots online or via Facebook.

 

I received the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

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