Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
Director: Joel Crawford
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Harvey Guillén, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo, John Mulaney, Wagner Moura, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Anthony Mendez
When I just lately heard that Dreamworks is perhaps reviving the Shrek franchise with a new movie, I used to be sceptical. After all, do we actually want one other film (which might be the FIFTH one) about that annoyingly flatulent inexperienced ogre and his donkey sidekick?
Then I watched Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, and determined that, properly, if it means we get extra of Antonio Banderas’ fantastic feline hero, then I’ll gladly endure extra of Shrek and Donkey’s annoying schtick.
The Last Wish is definitely solely Puss In Boots’ second solo film (the primary was launched in 2011, would you imagine it), and sees our hero all the way down to the final of his 9 lives. Though he initially brushes it off, an encounter with a formidable foe within the type of a large unhealthy Wolf (chillingly voiced by Wagner Moura) places the concern of demise in him and he decides to retire from his adventuring life as soon as and for all.
Faster than you can say “pspspspsps”, our feline hero checks himself into a nursing residence for cats, the place he meets Perrito (Harvey Guillén), a tiny remedy canine who doesn’t appear to have had a detrimental thought ever in his life.
But Puss is being hunted as properly, not simply by the wolf, but in addition by crime gang Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and her three bears (Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo), who need Puss to assist them steal a map from the evil Big Jack Horner (John Mulaney). The map is the important thing to discovering the Last Wish of a fallen star, which can grant only one want to anybody who finds it.
Realising that the Last Wish is his likelihood to get his further lives again, Puss decides to steal the map for himself. During the heist, Puss is reunited as soon as extra with cat burglar Kitty Softpaws (Salam Hayek), and along with Perrito, they go after the want, all of the whereas being chased by Goldilock’s gang and Big Jack Horner as properly.
How is it that Shrek has had 4 motion pictures already, and Puss In Boots has solely had two? Puss is well the standout character of your entire Shrek franchise.
While admittedly I don’t actually keep in mind a lot in regards to the first film (it was launched 11 years in the past in spite of everything), it’s testomony to the character’s enchantment that you don’t really want a refresher to take pleasure in this sequel.
It’s a fun-filled experience from begin to end, with Banderas’ utterly stealing the present because the fearless feline with a seemingly bottomless pit of one-line quips, whereas the swashbuckling, supremely assured character of the character itself fuels the relentlessly humorous motion sequences.
The present excels even when the motion slows down – the exploration of Puss’ concern of demise and dedication provides an additional dimension to the character’s growth, whereas Goldilocks and the three bears additionally lend a surprisingly touching emotional arc to the story.
And don’t get us began on Perrito, who begins off a little annoying however leaves you desirous to rub his stomach by the tip of all of it.
In phrases of animation, Dreamworks appears to have hit on a method to make their animated options in some way really feel extra visceral and kinetic by combining CGI with 2D hand-drawn animation, a model that labored properly in its earlier film The Bad Guys, and is used to nice impact right here as properly.
That stated, The Last Wish won’t be as appropriate for younger kids as you assume, because it does skew darker in tone to many comparable animated options. The central theme of ‘Death comes for us all’ and Wolf’s chilling manner is perhaps a bit scary, whereas Big Jack Horner is straight out of the ‘mindlessly violent bad guy who kills in supposedly funny ways’ playbook. Fans of the generally crude and irreverent humour of the Shrek franchise gained’t be fazed by these components, however youthful youngsters may.
Still, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish continues to be a welcome return into the Shrek universe, although if I might have that one Last Wish, I’d want for extra Puss In Boots motion pictures relatively than Shrek ones.