One of the best characters from the Shrek series now has a spin-off of his own. And although the Shrek franchise didn’t keep its composure through all four movies, Puss in Boots suprisingly lands its title character on its feet.
This is an origins tale of the boot-wearing kitty bandit, explaining how he came to be the outlaw rebel we know him as. It turns out Puss was an average orphaned kitty who made his way to a small town orphanage. There he became best pals with a bad egg named Humpty Dumpty. As innocent children, Puss couldn’t foresee Humpty’s diabolical future, but as they grew older, they had their falling apart. Puss was the cat’s meow and the whole town loved him, so Humpty robbed a bank and framed Puss for it. Now, many kitty years later, Puss has found a way to restore honor and integrity to his name – but in order to do so, he has to reteam with his old pal.
As children, all Humpty could think about was getting his hands on some magic beans, climbing the legendary bean stalk and getting some golden eggs. Villainous Jack and Jill are now passing through town with three magic beans, so Puss believes that if he can help Humpty achieve his life-long dream, them Humpty has a chance of turning around. Together, with the aid of a new sly outlaw named Kitty Softpaws, Puss and Humpty head off on a fairytale adventure of their own.
Puss in Boots doesn’t feature quite the same amount of adult innuendo that the Shrek movies do, but it is still just as entertaining for adults as it is for children. The 3D effects are great – as they are with most animated movies – but it’s not necessary. If you’re looking for a purely entertaining movie to see this weekend, with or without the kids, you can’t go wrong with Puss in Boots.
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