As a spin-off of Shrek, and an attempt to take a popular character and riff on his past, post-ironically, Puss in Boots is passable. In fact, if it wasn't for another CG effort from 2011 stealing its spaghetti western homage thunder, it would be pretty darn good. Unfortunately, Rango came along this Spring and bought up all the sun-drenched sizzle, and did it with much more style and panache. With that inventive entertainment sitting silently in the back of your mind, with the realization that this nothing more than a way to extend a franchise's already meandering shelf life, Puss becomes a plodding, pointless experience. Even the use of 3D can't infuse this item with any more purpose.
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