Puss in Boots

Musical Score By: Henry Jackman

Featuring: Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Who doesnít love the swashbuckling cat known as Puss in Boots from the Shrek films?  I canít get enough of him and, it would seem, neither can Shrek fans, because he was given his very own film.  Puss in Boots, released on October 28, 2011, takes place long before Puss meets Shrek and Donkey, at a time when he was protector of the innocent and romancer of all that is feline.  In this adventure, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) is after murderous outlaws Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris), who are in possession of beans that contain a magical power that threatens the fate of the world.

            The musical score of Puss in Boots was created by British composer Henry Jackman.  A student of classical music before working on programming and production with the likes of such superstars as Mike Oldfield and Elton John, Jackman began dabbling in musical scoring in 2006.  He has additional music to movies like Kung Fu Panda, The Da Vinci Code, The Dark Knight, and more. His most recent solo scoring forays include Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliverís Travels, X-Men: First Class and Winnie the Pooh.  The soundtrack features music performed by the popular Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela.

            The music found on the Puss in Boots Soundtrack features a definite Mexican flare, complete with Mariachi horns, acoustic guitars, castanets and more.  It perfectly describes the dashing Puss in Boots in all of his glory, accentuating his romantic side, while enhancing his adventurous and daring personality. 

            Despite the length of the album - over one hour of music contained in 24 tracks - the Puss in Boots Soundtrack doesnít seem overly long.  In fact, I found it to be a whole lot of fun.  My favorite tracks include the Rodrigo Y Gabriela tracks, Diablo Rojo and Hanuman, and Chasing Tail, Puss Suite and virtually all the tracks featuring the Puss in Boots Mexican theme.  I love the brass fanfare, acoustic guitars and percussions.

            Henry Jackman created the perfect musical score for this film.  I can imagine Puss in Boots swashbuckling his way through the film in Zorro-esque style with this music playing in the background.  Quite frankly, I donít see how any other style scoring would fit in a film like this.  The soundtrack is a lot of fun.  I wanted to see the movie long before I listened to the Puss in Boots Soundtrack, but hearing the musical score only enhances my desire to get myself to the movie theater and check out the film.


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