Puss In Boots: The Last Wish - The Long Awaited Sequel After Long Years
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, an animated family film from DreamWorks, is the second in a series of Shrek spinoffs starring Antonio Banderas as the title cat. It has made an extra $16 million from international territories.
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Moviegoers people shouldn't have to wait 11 years for a sequel to a Shrek spinoff to see a show-stopping movie, but here we are with Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Dreamworks Animation seems to be having a great year.
First, The Bad Guys was a surprisingly fun heist movie, and now, The Last Wish, the sequel to Puss in Boots, came out on December 21 and is so visually stunning and story-driven that it seems unfair that it took the Shrek franchise six movies to get here.
"Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" comes 11 years after his first movie and 18 years after he was first seen in the "Shrek" series. It gives the animated cat a playful side and a deeper message. When it comes to long-awaited sequels, it's best not to get your hopes up, but the movie does a good job of landing on its feet.
People can argue about whether or not there was a need for another movie (probably not), but this one is at least fast-paced and a little bit fun. The fearless hero (again voiced by Antonio Banderas) has used up eight of his nine lives ("I'm not really a math guy," he says when told this), which might mean he should slow down his dangerous swashbuckling.
Unafraid, Puss faces a scary wolf (Wagner Moura from "Narcos"), who scares him away and sends him on a quest to find the Wishing Star. The power of the Wishing Star will give him back his lost lives and, in theory, his bravado and mojo.
In the middle, Puss gets a taste of what it's like to be a rescue cat, with the humiliations of having to eat and go to the bathroom with other cats. Cat lovers will find these scenes even funnier, even if they drag on a bit too long before getting to the main plot.
Along the way, Puss runs into his ex-girlfriend Kittie Softpaws (Salma Hayek Pinault), with whom, as it turns out, things didn't end well. He also meets a nameless dog they call Perrito (Harvey Guillén from "What We Do in the Shadows"), who thinks everything is great no matter how bad things look.
Puss has to keep the wolf away and compete for the Star with Goldilocks (Florence Pugh), whose relationship with the three bears took an unexpected turn in this version, and Big Jack Horner (John Mulaney), who is no longer a "good boy" and will do anything to get what he wants.
"The Last Wish" is directed by Joel Crawford and Januel Mercado, who also worked together on "The Croods: A New Age."
Based on a screenplay by Paul Fisher and Tommy Swerdlow, "The Last Wish" may feel a little too chaotic at times, since all the characters in the hunt are from fairy tales and each has their own reasons for being there.
Still, it has a sweet message about making the most of the life (or lives) you have, even if you don't have a cat-like cushion to keep you from dying. Animation, of course, lets the main characters pick up right where they left off.
However, the long time between movies feels like a tacit admission that Puss in Boots was always better suited to the role of comedic co-star and might be a little thin when put in the center of the spotlight. Still, watching Puss in Boots try to find more lives isn't a bad way for a family to spend about 100 minutes.
No matter what, the accomplishment gives hope. DreamWorks Animation, a studio that has moved around and had trouble competing with Pixar and the Minions, may have found a new way to make movies.
If the studio keeps making movies with this much creativity and skill, they will be a hit. There are so many things that can be done with animation, and Hollywood finally seems ready to let its artists do them. Still, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is one of the biggest surprises of the year at the movies.
Dreamworks Animation really seems to be pulling out all the stops these days with unique visuals and well-written stories, which makes Puss in Boots: The Last Wish by far the best movie in the Shrek series.