“Puss in Boots” is a laugh out loud adventure

I was on the fence about seeing “Puss in Boots” until after viewing its promotional trailers. I suppose I did not know what to expect and had been disappointed with the previous few “Shrek” films. But the “Puss in Boots” previews finally convinced me to check it out. I was grateful that I did.

“Puss in Boots” gives us the back story on our favorite feline from the “Shrek” film franchise, as well as introduces us to another group of fairy tale characters not previously touched upon. We get to meet Humpty Dumpty, as well as the Bonnie and Clyde-like Jack and Jill. There are also some new characters introduced, including the saucy Kitty Softpaws.

The first thing I noticed about the film was how beautifully it was done. It is amazing to see how far digital animation has come since the “Shrek” film that first introduced us to the Puss in Boots character. There are times when you’re looking upon the sweeping vista of desert Mexico and you’ll forget that you’re watching something that was created by an artist sitting behind a computer. This also carries over into the characters’ facial and body expressions, which are so realistic at times that they seem real.

The characters personalities are further imbued with life thanks to some stellar voice acting by Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis. I was also surprised that one of the lesser characters was voiced by famed director and “Puss in Boots” executive producer Guillermo del Toro. You’ll have to guess which one, though (or look it up on IMDB.com, like I did).

Story-wise, “Puss in Boots” has a little something for everyone. The kids love the visual humor, but there is also some more PG-rated material thrown in for the grown-ups via clever dialogue. At times, it seemed that the adults I viewed the movie with were enjoying it even more than the kids they’d brought along. But there was lots of laughter throughout the movie from both young and old alike.

Along with the laughter, though, there is also much in this film for thrill seekers. The action and adventure are top-notch and you’ll experience several edge-of-your seat moments. Again, I applaud the animation team for bringing it all to life and making it feel so real.

Finally, as always, I shunned the 3D glasses for the 2D version of the film. Even without the addition of 3D, the movie was solid and all-out entertaining.

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