"an absolute joy, funny and not for the sake of being funny and a worthy entry into the Shrek universe"
So we finally see the release of Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. It has been a long time coming following the delays that plaguedthe film industry, but he's back, and it was definitely worth the wait, from start to finish it is creative, acted beautifully and an engaging watch.
Antonio Banderas is back as the titular hero, and he truly knows his role after appearing as the swashbuckling feline since his introduction in Shrek 2.
We find Puss on his last life, playing into the classic fable that cats have nine lives, and the lives he's led are depicted beautifully at various points during the film.
The animation style is very much the quality that we would expect from DreamWorks; what makes Puss In Boots: The Last Wish different, is the ability to seamlessly blend other art styles in a very Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse way.
With the vocal talents of Salma Hayek Pinault reprising her role as Kitty Softpaws, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone as Goldilocks, Mama Bear and Papa Bear respectively and a menacing performance from John Mulaney as Jack Horner, who is on a quest to destroy magic, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish is a fun adventure for the entire family with a clear message of belonging and loving the family you've made.
Throughout the film, Puss is plagued by various pursuers including Wagner Moura's Big Bad Wolf, his inclusion is creative and adds another dimension of dread to the film, the menace from Mulaney's Horner.
Harvey Guillen stands out as Perrito, a dog pretending to be a cat who Puss encounters when he is forced into retirement, but he tags along on the adventure providing levity and a sunny disposition to proceedings.
All in all Puss In Boots: The Last Wish is an absolute joy, funny and not for the sake of being funny and a worthy entry into the Shrek universe, with nods to previous adventures and a clear path of where to take the series, it shows no signs of slowing down and I cannot wait to see what they do next.