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Puss In Boots by Henry Jackman (Review)

posted Oct 29, 2011, 1:09 PM by Kaya Savas

I'll admit it, I winced and cringed when I heard Dreamworks was doing a Puss In Boots spin-off. The word "really?" was in my head every time I saw a trailer or a poster. Then I was invited to a screening of the film, and I was incredibly impressed. No joke. I really enjoyed the movie. I love Antonio Banderas and I love Henry Jackman, and I guess they played to my good side. The movie was an awesome fairytale western. The jokes were funny and on point and it even had a great amount of character. The story exists completely outside of the Shrek universe and that's a strong point. The music is also great as well. Henry Jackman shows his versatility by tacking a hispanic themed score.

The music is full of great character riffs and has tons of character of its own. It plays homage to Ennio Morricone now and then. While I was expecting Harry Gregson-Williams to be onboard I think it stays with the idea of keeping this story completely removed from the world of Shrek. Jackman's tunes are fun and quirky and have tons of energy. The now incredibly popular Rodrigo y Gabriela lend their guitar talents to the score and two songs of theirs are used in the film as well. I must mention that the songs are not original and are from their first studio album. They do add a good deal of flair to the musical soundscape though just as they did for Knight & Day and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. There is also lots of score included on this release. The running time of the CD is 65-minutes, and when you consider the film is a brisk 90-minutes that is a lot of score we have. The whole experience is just great. Henry Jackman is really growing into his own and with X-Men: First Class under his belt we know he can tackle big studio tentpoles.

Puss In Boots was a nice treat. It's not as strong as most of the animation films out there, but we haven't seen Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek have onscreen chemistry like this since Desperado. Jackman's score is stunning and filled with energetic flair. Rodrigo y Gabriela add a touch of culture to the whole experience and make this an incredibly wonderful score.
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