Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Director: Joel Crawford
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish breaths air into a franchise that was drowning. The movie is visually fantastic, with clear roots to anime. The characters are just as fun as I remember them, and the plot was impressive
What is Puss in Boots: The Last Wish about?
The second addition to the Puss in Boots series follows Puss in his journey towards the Wishing Star. The movie begins with Puss dying and discovering he has died 8 times already. This leaves our fearless hero with one life left, and it forces him into retirement. While living life as Pickles, Puss discovers a way for him to regain his lives, the magic Wishing Star. With Perro in stride and Death on his tail, Puss sets out to save himself from the one thing he is afraid of.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Review
Puss in Boots was incredible. The storyline was interesting and meaningful. The characters were awesome, with the animation pushing the envelope for Dreamwork. The stylistic choices that were borrowed from anime were awesome, and it added this mythical feeling to many of the fight scenes.
One of my favourite parts about fairy tales is that they are great for all audiences. Kids get a story that involves talking animals, princesses, and the good guys always win. Adults get a story that looks bright and cheery but holds much deeper meaning if you look close enough. That transfers directly into Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and it was one of my favourite parts. Every single one of the characters goes through some personal journey or has a morale to their story.I don’t want to talk specifics as it plays a huge role in the plot, but it was really well done. Everyone has meaning, has a reason for being in the movie, and there isn’t a lot of fluff. We don’t have a lot of wasted time and the static characters are kept to a minimum. The plot and the character arcs compliment each other, and the ending was awesome.
Undoubtably, the Big Bad Wolf, voiced by Wagner Moura, is one of the best Dreamwork villains of all time. His weapon of choice of weapon paired with uncanny visuals whenever he appears made for quite a frightening character. The audio and the visuals came together nearly perfectly when he was on screen, and it created a really cool, ominous atmosphere. Wolf is used to add more stakes to Puss’s journey, and while he isn’t in the movie a ton, he plays a meaningful role.
Watching Puss go from hero to zero and back again was really interesting. Antonio Banderas did a wonderful job as the voice of Puss again, bringing the charismatic cat to life. Puss experiences a range of emotions and situations in this movie, and I thought the growth of his character was really well done. It’s almost out of character, but the growth reflects the trials he goes through in this movie.
The storyline of finding the Wishing Star is really interesting, but the movie is really about Puss’s journey to find himself. The forest they have to traverse to find the star is such a cool idea, and it was a really creative way to distinguish our characters inner thoughts in a show, not tell way. The visuals again were really, really cool and I loved watching it.
It has been 10 plus years since anything Shrek/Puss in Boots has hit the big screen, but Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Brings that back in a big way. The movie is fun to watch, it’s visually incredible, and the plot is deeper than a typical kids animation film. I really enjoyed laughing along as our characters battled their way to the Wishing Star. I know it’s almost Christmas, but Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is a movie worth seeing right away.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is in Theatres now
Will there be a Puss in Boots 3?
Spoilers in this section, you have been warned.
While there has not been any official word on a Puss in Boots, the ending of the second movie does suggest we are getting another one. Puss sets sail for a Far Away Kingdom at the end of the movie, saying he is going to visit some old friends. If that does set the stage for another movie in this franchise, potentially a couple, I don’t know what does. Obviously, this hangs on the $$$ behind the scenes as a flop for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish would probably end the franchise regardless of story set-up.