Puss in Boots is the Dreamworks animated film starring our lovable Zorro-Cat from Shrek. Argubly funnier than the Shrek films, I did laugh out loud many times, especially during that bizarre dance fight. Where this film really excels is in its exploration of the Puss character and why he does what he does. His relationship with Humpty Dumpty is surprisingly deep and compelling, but the main plot is sadly quite thin and certain things made no sense to me. But considering that this film manages to be exciting and intense when it needs to, I shall happily recommend Puss in Boots to the whole family.
The Smurfs? I cut out at the Guitar Hero scene. Even before this “cute and fun” movie started, I knew I was going to give up sooner or later. I actually thought that 2002’s Scooby-Doo was perfectly fine as children entertainment, but The Smurfs (same director as Scooby-Doo) is painfully unbearable. None of the jokes are funny, and I don’t even like Neil Patrick Harris (so there’s your bias right there). The Smurfs themselves get increasingly irritating as the movie runs along, and the CGI used to create them is not very impressive anyway.