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Puss In The Boots: The Last Wish (2023) Review – Cinegenics

This aesthetically stunning animated film features the legendary Puss in a fascinating sequel that takes audiences on an exciting voyage. Over ten years after his spin-off Puss in Boots, the endearing cat icon returns to the big screen (2011). The swashbuckling feline, first seen in Shrek 2 (2004), was practically certain to have his own adventures after stealing scenes in the animated sequel. But as time has gone and in this most recent adventure, Puss is down to his last life, he must now face his mortality.

Death in Puss in the boots
Pic By: IMDb

THE PLOT

Puss makes the decision to put down his cape and sword in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish after realising that he only has one life left to live out of nine. Puss has gained experience from his escapades. When Puss learns that Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and the three bears (Ray Winstone, Olivia Colman, and Samson Kayo) are looking for a Wishing Star that might possibly give him his lives back, he decides to embark on an adventure once more despite his fear of the literal embodiment of death, The Big Bad Wolf (Wagner Moura). He meets up with his ex-girlfriend Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and his new friend Perrito (Harvey Guillén) for the adventure, where they all have to stay away from the evil gangster Jack Horner (John Mulaney).

Kitty in Puss in the boots
Pic By: IMDb

THE GOOD/THE BAD

Although Paul Fisher and Tommy Swerdlow wrote the script, it is effective. The cast does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. And both the music and the animation are brilliantly executed. I loved the lighthearted, Looney Tunes-inspired tone that the film’s directors, Joel Crawford and Januel Mercado, adopted. And at the end, when I was threatened with yet another sequel, I was too interested to care.

The protagonist of the film, played by Harvey Guillén’s chatty therapy dog Perrito, is a fresh addition to the illustrious franchise. You’ll have moments where you’ll feel sorry for him and others where you’ll find yourself giggling uncontrollably at his foolishness. (Making a separate film about him would not be a bad idea after all). His persona is so skillfully designed and developed. Guillén’s voice flawlessly captures the character’s tone.

After watching the movie for an hour and forty minutes, your mind will be begging for more. Because of the animation which is catchy and vibrant. The live-action film features beautifully written and created characters, dialogue, and action situations. The Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas-starring animated movie has a serious message about life. And appreciating the simple things while also being full of humour and tears.

Puss in Puss in the boots
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MY THOUGHTS

Puss in Boots The Last Wish’s writing by Paul Fisher and Tommy Swerdlow is emotional and complex. Exploring deeper issues that will speak to adults more than the movie’s young audience. There are plenty of sight gags and embarrassing moments to keep children entertained. This sequel’s overall tone is intensely emotional in a way they might not fully grasp. The end message of the movie, which emphasises family and unity, is honest and earnest rather than being too preachy. The movie has a pleasant conclusion. It suggests that Puss’s exploits aren’t over yet.

MY RATINGS

4/5

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