‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Movie Review: A jolly thrill ride with eye-popping animation

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Trick to enjoy Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Go in with zero expectations, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the further adventures of the swashbuckling, fugitive feline are. Like its predecessor in 2011 (that long ago!). Puss in Boots: The Last WishI am the sixth include The franchise features charming riffs on beloved fairy tales, eye-popping animation, and suitably spectacular action.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (English)
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Director: Joel Crawford

Voice cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek Pinault, Harvey Gillan, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Cue, John Maloney, Wagner Moura, DeWine Joy Randolph, Anthony Mendes

Run time: 102 minutes

The story line: Puss meets the bounty hunter Wolf and realizes he’s on his ninth life, with some serious stock-taking.

Puss (Antonio Banderas) is living the usual king-size life, when the reckoning comes: a bounty hunter, Wolf (Wagner Mora), is after Puss. When Puss tells Wolf that he laughs in death and is an evil bounty hunter with twin, sickle-shaped blades, Wolf tells him that he should probably count how many of his nine lives he has left. are

A quick run through his many adventures reveals Puss to be in his ninth and final life. After living a retired life with Mama Luna (DeWine Joy Randolph) at the behest of the Doctor (Anthony Mendes), Puss decides to find a fallen star and wish his life back.

As always there are others after the star and soon the race is on to find the fallen star and fulfill that wish. In the running are Goldilocks (Florence Pugh), the leader of the Three Bears crime family, Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek Pinault), and Big (don’t you dare call him Little) Jack Horner (John Milney), a pastry chef and fear monger. There are crimes. After Boss Puss apparently leaves Kitty stranded on the altar, she too searches for a star for a wish.

Goldie is tough with an unexpectedly soft center. His adopted family, Mama (Olivia Coleman), Papa (Ray Winstone) and Baby Bear (Samson Cave), like any family, are always at odds but will always be there for each other in times of crisis.

Pareto, (Harvey Gillen) is an unloved dog whom Puss met in Mama Luna disguised as a cat, and who believes in the intrinsic goodness of people even if all he gets in return is a rock in a sock. Is.

Jack Horner is rude and giving back to the world for neglecting him – there was no magic in his plum trick and people all flocked to Pinocchio (Cody Cameron), at Jack’s insistence. Never mind that he is a real boy. .

Despite all the warnings from Ethical Bug (Kevin McCann), Jack, with the help of his evil henchmen, The Baker’s Dozen, wants to go to the star to get all the magic for himself.

The voice work is excellent. Banderas is all edgy and sexily vulnerable as Puss while Pinault is delightfully sassy. The jokes and life lessons come thick and fast. From Jack’s babysitter’s magic bag full of magical objects and Pareto trying to make cute kitty eyes to all the punchy pop cult zingers, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish It’s an enjoyable thrill ride.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is currently playing in theaters.

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