A Catacular Film

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Review


Hanna Grace

Photo of the AMC Palace 9 in Fort Worth, Texas

Released on Dec. 21, Puss in Boots has returned to theaters for older and younger generations to enjoy. Growing up watching DreamWorks Animation work its magic in releasing well-known movies, I was thrilled to see new villains and returning characters in “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.”

Director Joel Crawford did a terrific job casting the current and newest voice actors. Returning to the title role is Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, who is a hero to many people already. Starring in many famous 2000s movies like “Spy Kids” and “Shrek,” he made my childhood lively by normalizing being bilingual. Hearing familiar voices, each character was cast with a perfect voice actor. For example, when John Mulaney’s voice was used in the successful animated movie, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” as Spider-Ham. The newly introduced Mulaney is perfectly suited to the role of Jack Horner, a cartoony high-pitched voice. With this, I loved the idea of bringing back famous fairytale characters we know by heart into the film. It’s interesting to see if we’ll see more updated looks in the next movie, like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

DreamWorks never fails to create an eerie and terrifying antagonist. Throughout the film, Death’s continuous whispering gave me goosebumps and a feeling of sympathy for Puss searching for the last wish. It was also a fresh feeling seeing the protagonist having a weakness. Alongside the hero’s weaknesses, the film accurately depicts a panic attack: not being able to think or speak and heavy breathing. Perro, voiced by Harvey Guillen, perfectly calmed down Puss, similar to a working service animal. It’s amazing to see panic attacks being treated as a major issue, rather than smacking a comedic joke immediately after.

The latest “Puss in Boots” film has set a high boundary, taking issues more seriously. At the end of the movie, DreamWorks teases the audience with another possible sequel. Overall, I found this movie to be spectacular and I am looking forward to the continuation of the “Puss in Boots” series.