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FILM FANS: 'Puss in Boots' close to purrfect

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3 stars out of 4

I went into this movie with low expectations. I wasn't sure how they could make an entire story about a supporting character from the "Shrek" movies. In the past, I have found these types of movies to be lacking. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find a delightful tale that is a great companion to the other films.

Keep in mind there is no reference to Shrek, Donkey or any other character from the other films, which was slightly disappointing, but Puss definitely stands on his own two feet, I mean boots. We learn about where he comes from and we are introduced to some other fairy tale characters including Puss's "brother" Humpty Dumpty. The movie moved right along at a good pace and had plenty of laughs.

If you are a fan of the "Shrek" series, then make sure to check this one out. It's almost purrfect!

-- Laurel Grams, Lawrenceville

3 and a half stars out of 4

This delightfully fast-paced movie will amuse parents and children alike. It is a story of redemption, love and forgiveness and it is indeed a fine teaching tool for parents. It will make children laugh with amazement and wonderment. DreamWorks has hit the mother lode with this extremely well-crafted movie. Its cast is impeccable and its art design and computer animation sheer genius.

So here, we have Puss in Boots, the fearless woman's man, who makes James Bond appear as a mere choirboy. Then there's the provocative and tantalizing Kitty Softpaws along with Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill.

We learn Puss grew up in an orphanage but his mom instilled in him love and how to live with honor. When the world leads him astray in seeking the golden goose and those coveted gold eggs, he doesn't forget what his mama taught him and he restores his community just in time. Of course, things don't end well for the manipulating and morally corrupted Humpty Dumpty. This is a good movie to be certain and it packs a wealth of entertainment and sound lessons for all into a speedy hour-and-a-half span.

-- Rick Wright, Auburn

3 stars out of 4

The cat came back.

It's a good thing too. I think most people had their money on Donkey being the first character to get a spinoff from "Shrek," but the execs at DreamWorks proved they know better, hitting the mark with "Puss in Boots."

Antonio Banderas reprises his role as the swashbuckling charmer and this time teams up with Kitty Softpaws (Selma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) on a treasure hunt for the legendary goose that lays the golden egg. Adventure, flamenco dancing and a fair bit of adult humor (not to mention an accent to die for) are all thrown in for good measure and you have a movie that may not run deep, but it's filled to the brim with effervescent charm.

-- Lindsey Hodges, Snellville