‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ review: Antonio Banderas in beautiful feline form

Hey kids, want to see a movie about an elderly male character dealing with a midlife crisis who is desperately afraid of his imminent death? Just in time for Christmas?

Not much? I do not think so. Now what if I told you it was Puss in Boots Movie?

Puss in Boots: Last Wish

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Darker but no less playful.

release date: Wed 21 Dec
ejaculate: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek Pinault, Olivia Colman, Harvey Guillen, Samson Cayo, Anthony Mendes, Wagner Moura, John Mulaney, Florence Pugh, Davin Roy Randolph, Ray Winston
Director: Joel Crawford
script writers: Paul Fisher, Tommy Swerdlow

PG rated, 1 hour 40 minutes

It’s been nearly two decades since the adorable Puss first appeared on screen Partner 2 And 11 years since his championship debut, he’s even worse for wear. In detailed action sequences he opens his new animated adventure puss in Shoes: last wishKills. That wouldn’t normally be a problem for a cat with nine lives, except Puss has lost eight of them now. Naturally, that prompts a visit to his concerned doctor (Anthony Mendez), who advises him to adopt some lifestyle changes. Like retiring and not dying anymore. He also tries to take Puss’ temperature, not orally. The cat naturally objects, assuring his vet, “Believe me, I’m running.”

Puss (Antonio Banderas) has an immediate solution to his problem. With the help of his ex-girlfriend and occasional foil Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek Pinault, also reprising her role), he heads to the Black Forest in search of the legendary Wishing Star he hopes to reclaim his wasted life.

If you’re wondering how he lost so much, screenwriters Tommy Swerdlow and Tom Wheeler vividly explain his many causes of death in a funny montage that illustrates the repetitive wit displayed in DreamWorks Animation’s offerings. Not all of these deaths are heroic, as evidenced by his gluttonous losing battle with a shellfish allergy.

Puss and Kitty head into the woods, accompanied by Perrito (Harvey Guillen), an aspiring therapy dog, whom Puss meets when he temporarily takes refuge in the overpopulated home of an obsessed cat lover (Da’Vine Joy Randolph). Many adventures ensue, with the trio forced to deal with outrageous characters such as teenage Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) going bad; A very mature and overgrown Jack Horner (John Mulaney, who through a fascination with engineering, sounds Senior here), now a boss of the underworld; And a crime family consisting of Momma Bear (Olivia Colman), Papa Bear (Ray Winston) and the not-so-diminutive Little Bear (Samson Kaio). Meanwhile, Puss is pursued by the fearsome bounty hunter Wolf (Wagner Moura), the visual embodiment of the doom that haunts him.

Darker in tone but still very funny, the movie, like many of its animated brethren, stumbles upon resorting to frantic action sequences that seem designed for children’s short attention spans. Those grueling episodes pale in comparison to rowdy scenes like the saucer-eyed cat showdown in which Boss tries to prove he’s the coolest.

Also amusing are the scenes involving the little Jiminy Cricket-inspired moral bug, who vainly tries to act as Jack Horner’s conscience. (Voiced by Kevin McCann, Story Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation, doing a fun take on Jimmy Stewart.)

Making frequent, if sometimes exaggerated, allusions to a nod to Sergio Leone’s Pasta Western, the film — directed by Joel Crawford (The Croods: A New Age) – It features a graphic animation style that looks much richer than the usual computer graphics.

Puss in Boots: Last Wish It looks great, but what really makes it work is Banderas’ silky turn, conveying all the feline levity of the character while making it clear that he’s very much in on the joke. Too often, animated films feature overpaid and highly qualified voice actors, whom children, and most adults, have little interest in. On the other hand, Banderas is worth every penny.

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