This "Shrek" spin-off is actually a prequel that tells the story of Puss in Boots, a adventurous kitty voiced with great charisma by Antonio Banderas.
Our favorite cat teams up with the lively Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) on a dangerous search for Jack and Jill's "magic beans." They get help in their quest from Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) as they climb the beanstalk to a castle in the clouds to nab the golden goose in order to repay their debts back home.
There are more cat jokes and fairy-tale references in this story than I have time to mention. The Puss in Boots character was one of the best parts of the "Shrek" movies, but a little of him goes a long way. The feline has some trouble maintaining his shtick for 90 minutes, so the flick-o-meter gives "Puss in Boots" a four out of five.
On the plus side, the movie is lively, colorful, and family friendly. The 3D is really not that bad either, but I don't like wearing those glasses. Like most animated films, there are little nuggets of wisdom but don't expect this fairy tale to play out the way you remember it from your childhood - especially with this cheeky Zorro-like cat as the lead.
Locally, the movie is playing at Regal Cinemas.