I finally had the chance to watch DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish…it’s too good. There’s no build up or anything for the review because this movie was incredible all-around. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to see this movie, but I’m happy that I FINALLY watched it. Easily, one of DreamWorks best films, and might be my favorite film from them overall.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is the sequel to Puss in Boots (2011) and the 6th film of the Shrek franchise. The film follows Puss in Boots, and with all the daring adventures he has previously done, he’s down to his last life 9th life. Puss will go on a journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives before it’s too late because death is lurking around the corner.
The whole story from beginning to end was some master tier writing. You really do get a sense of how Puss is feeling throughout, and his character development was just amazing. From getting over his anxiety, realizing there’s people that actually love him, getting over the fear of death and enjoying his last life, it’s so good. I don’t know how DreamWorks can top this.
I enjoyed seeing the interaction between Puss, Kitty Softpaws, and the new character Perrito. The characters balanced each other out, and a fun dynamic to watch. I also really loved Wolf, who is the embodiment of death, because every time he was on screen he made me go “Nah Puss, you got to get the hell out of there!” These were some of the best story highlights I have.
Now my cons is that I think this film didn’t need “Big” Jack Horner, Goldilocks, and the three bears. These characters are plot devices to push the film forward, but I think you can written them off and still get the same results. These characters aren’t poorly written, but they’re not the best written either. That’s my only problem with the story.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish had a stellar cast! Harvey Guillén did a great job as Perrito and he did a solid job balancing the comedic & chill tone of the character, especially when he was the glue of the film. Salma Hayek did a good job again as Kitty Softpaws, and I loved her chemistry with Antonio Banderas’ Puss. Speaking of Antonio, this is probably the best voice acting he has done with Puss. Antonio made a lot of scenes felt like it was personal and from the heart, and a direction I wasn’t expecting. And Wolf, played by Wagner Moura, is simply a complete badass.
The animation in this film is by far the best in the Shrek franchise. The colors was vibrant and looked incredible during action scenes. It felt like it took some inspiration from Into the Spider-Verse, and it worked. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is such a fantastic looking film, and I think DreamWorks should find a way to continue utilizing this style. Also, what a beautiful score! The production behind this movie as a whole is amazing, and the team should pat themselves on the back because this is top tier.
I had an amazing time watching Puss in Boots: The Last Wish! I’ve been waiting for another Shrek film, but maybe I got room for one more Puss in Boots film if I’m getting quality content this good. The film is worth all the hype and praise it has gotten. DreamWorks, this movie is it!
I highly recommend watching Puss in Boots: The Last Wish !