Puss in Boots: The Last Wish


Puss In Boots.The Last WishTrying to support the local cinema, my wife and I went to the Madison Theatre to watch Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. Once again, the film was NOT on the marquee but was listed online.

I had seen the first two Shrek movies, the second (2004) of which introduced our feline hero. But I had not watched the third Shrek film (2007) nor the first Puss In Boots (2011).

First, the new movie often looks marvelous. There’s an IMBd review that addresses this.  It “goes full Into the Spiderverse once a fight breaks out. Glorious 12 frames per second, hyper stylized with all the filters and gimmicks necessary to elevate the big set-pieces to something truly special and memorable.” This is different from what was used in previous films.

Second, the storyline works at one level for kids – and there were about a dozen of them during that week after Christmas – and quite another for the adults.

If you saw the trailer, you know the cat has only one of his nine lives left. But if he can find the Wishing Star…

First, Puss In Boots (voiced once again by the wonderful  Antonio Banderas) has to regain his mojo, helped by an unlikely cat, er, dog Perrito (Harvey Guillen). He also has to deal with rivals for the prize, including his old companion Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek).

More rivals

Others seeking the Wishing Star are Goldie (Florence Pugh) and the Three Bears (Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo), and the amoral Jack Horner (John Mulaney). But the greatest threat to Puss is the Wolf (Wagner Moura) and what he represents.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is visually impressive but, more surprising, quite touching in dealing with mistakes and misunderstandings made in relationships. It’s no surprise that it was nominated for various awards and 96% of the  Rotten Tomatoes critics liked it.

It is my favorite 2022 movie so far.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

2 thoughts on “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”

  1. I really loved this movie. I watched it with my 7 year old and he shushed me at one point because I was laughing so hard.

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