Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Who can resist those adorable eyes? Those pair of cute peepers that belongs to the Lothario feline that stole the show from the ogre and his donkey pal in 2004′s “Shrek 2.”
Yes. Puss in Boots is back and he’s starring in his very own movie.
For those of you who think that “Puss” is a “Shrek” spinoff, you're wrong. This prequel focuses on the swashbuckling, milk-sipping debonair outlaw with a heart of gold when he’s not out stealing gold, and he takes us to his home in Spain.
There is one prize that has eluded Puss time and again: magic beans. Not just any magic beans, but Jack and the Beanstalk’s magic beans that’ll grow a beanstalk to a castle full of golden treasures.
And so we have this vainglorious cat with delusions of grandeur and he bumps into childhood pal Humpty Dumpty, voiced by a very emotional Zach Galifianakis.
As the story goes: Puss and Humpty Dumpty first meet at an orphanage, where they hatch a dream of acquiring magic beans to lay their hands on the treasure.
But something goes awry one day when Humpty tricks Puss into robbing the town bank, and Puss becomes an outlaw. When they meet again years later, Humpty is angry that Puss betrayed him, but they reteam anyway for an adventure that leads them to the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, Jack and Jill, and Mother Goose herself.
Puss also collides with a love interest, the feisty and slick-fingered Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek) who eventually becomes Puss’ sidekick and partner in crime.
There is plenty of stunning derring-do like cliff-side thrills, cloud-jumping, beanstalk-manoeuvring and a Jack and Jill related shooting with the 3D adding a nice heart-stopping dimension to the death-defying feats.
All this makes great entertainment for the family. And not to mention that the movie’s strong cast, tongue-in-cheek humour, eye-popping visuals and 3D makes “Puss In Boots” simply a darn good cartoon as it works for everyone.
While there are still an abundance of recognizable fairy tale characters and pop culture allusions (like the one about Bean Club), director Chris Miller and gang manage to keep things moving and prevent the movie from getting tied down by over the top stabs at being clever.
That said, “Puss In Boots” is certainly going to be a hit with the kids. As for the adults, it will be fun ride, if only for the visuals. If you’re a fan of “Shrek” or simply love cats, we suggest you head down to the cinemas to catch this movie.