Puss in Boots is both a prequel and a spin-off to the Shrek franchise. If you're over the age or 12, you'd be forgiven for thinking 'again' to find another film connected to the loveable green ogre, but Puss in Boots is a film that both young and old can enjoy. The film is funny, and a thrill for the kids, and has something in it for everyone.
The film is set prior to the Shrek films, and follows Puss from his life as a young orphan, to his time as an outlaw. Through it all he is joined by his best-friend, and enemy, Humpty Dumpty, and the alluring Kitty Softpaws. When Puss learns that the magic beans he once dedicated his life to finding are real, he sets out on a mission to clear his name and win back his honour.
From Puss' portrayal as the local Lothario, to Dance Fight Tuesday, Humpty's gold lamé egg suit, and those irresistible kitten eyes that he uses to get his way, there are definitely some funny moments in the film. Adults and kids will not always be laughing at the same parts, but this is usually a good sign that a film can appeal to a broad audience. There are also some moments that border on touching, but Puss in Boots is not a tear jerker, you'll soon be laughing again before you have to pull out a tissue.
The film stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Amy Sedaris, and they all do a great job at bringing their characters to life. It would be hard to get two actors with voices that ooze as much charm as Banderas and Hayek, and the chemistry between all really shows.
The film is in both 3D and 2D. While at times in some scenes the 3D can get a bit distracting, overall it feels worthwhile in the film. As Puss darts across roofs and down alleyways, in a style almost emulating Assassin's Creed, or during the fast paced fight scenes, the 3D can actually add to the experience. You won't miss out too much though if you do choose to see the cheaper and less headache inducing 2D version.
The film is fun for kids of all ages, but is probably better suited to over 5s. There are some darker moments, especially involving fight scenes with the murderous outlaws Jack and Jill, but nothing that is going to give kids nightmares.
Overall the film is fun and light-hearted, there is a bit of romance, and some good sword fights, and makes an easy film to watch. You'd be hard pressed to find someone willing to really complain about this film, even if it isn't one that everyone will love. It is a film that you won't regret not seeing, but if you do go along you'll probably enjoy it. If you have kids, its a must-see.