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The allure of the gallant, heroic and super adorable orange kitty from the “Shrek” world remains strong even after 11 years since the debut of his solo film. Antonio Banderas, once again, strikes just the perfect tone in portraying this hairy cartoon figure’s charming yet humorous features.
We know that Mr Puss is a daring explorer, a ladies’ man, feared and revered across the fairy tales land—but he’s also painfully cute. This second instalment of the franchise allows viewers to explore every inner and outer quality that we’ve never seen before. (He’s more than just a cat, he’s the fairytale’s hero!). The film is unexpectedly more creative and sophisticated than one might assume; it goes further than the lessons one might expect from a typical family-friendly film and delves deep into topics of one’s destiny and accepting tragedy.
The gags are many, and it’s one of the funniest films produced this year, but it’s the deep emotional, slash, heartfelt messages that keeps it together. In an era when most sequels are unable to live to their full potential by just wanting to replicate what their predecessors did so well, The Last Wish strives to do something new and offers a bright future for DreamWorks.
“The Last Wish” adds to the insanely gifted supporting cast of the Oscar-nominated 2011 original “Puss in Boots.” Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, John Mulaney appear alongside Banderas. And of course, his good friend and co-star Salma Hayek Pinault who plays the famous Kitty Softpaws made her badass return.
The action is thrilling and helps film production Joel Crawford and Januel Mercado, as well as the animation team, to be imaginative. There’s a setting that makes us feel like a colourful tribute to all the original folklores and nursery rhymes, and there are plenty of physical comedies that will have audiences laughing alongside the younger viewers.
It’s safe to say that Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is the saviour DreamWorks Animation sought all along for a sequel that has dragged over a decade to finally come to the forefront of the day. The animation approach has its own distinct personality and aesthetic. They have considerable success combining 2D hand-drawn stylings with CG animation.
Glitz rate: 4.5/5