PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH surprised me, and considering that it’s the sixth installment in the SHREK cinematic universe, that wasn’t something I was expecting. I hadn’t seen the original, but after watching the trailer, I was convinced. If you need more motivation, there are three big reasons I’d recommend this film.
The stunning animation brought so much life to the movie, especially the action scenes. THE LAST WISH has well-coordinated fights that feel crisp and original (although it does have a leg (er, paw) up, given its unique cast of characters – but I’ll get to that in a second). It’s aptly drawn SPIDER-VERSE comparisons, with bold colors and stylistic choices that veer away from realism.
The story is not only cohesive and well-executed but original and heartfelt. Although it was predictable in moments, I came away thoroughly satisfied; the relationships made sense, the emotional peaks were high, and the stakes felt right. As Aaron mentioned in his review, Dreamworks has scored again with this one.
Lastly, the characters, especially the villains, were amazing. John Mulaney and Florence Pugh voice (Not So) Little Jack Horner and Goldilocks, respectively, and shine in the roles. Three parties are vying for the titular Last Wish and another antagonist, Death itself, giving the movie a PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN or MAD MAX: FURY ROAD feel at times. The heroes feel a bit less unique; Harvey Guillen’s character is a bit annoying, but that is sorta the point.
Overall, I was impressed, and I think you will be too. PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH is now playing in theaters and is also available to rent or buy digitally.