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‘The Cat in Boots: The Last Wish’ is a performance by Antonio Banderas (And a little more)


One of the joys of catching up with the main characters of “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” is revisiting the perfect synergy of the protagonist and Antonio Banderas in the lead vocal performance.

When the character appeared in the hugely successful Shrek 2 (2004) but in the middle of the road, it allowed for some welcome heist scenes that were too much for a flimsy sequel.

After Banderas was given full control of the role and provided with his own vehicle, the actor and character went to town and gave the audience a drink of catnip. Seriously, if you haven’t seen “Puss in Boots” since it came out in 2011, it’s not only better than you remember, but outperforms the entire “Shrek” series it separates. go out.

The first real Puss in Boots sequel was released late (more on that later) and was a bit inferior to the first, but it has enough for it and is an ideal family product for holiday season.

Also, for cat lovers, it will be impossible to resist the scene where the protagonist sits alone at a bar, lustfully licking a tall glass of la leche.

The sequel kicks off with Banderas’ Puss in Boots plunging into a Goliath-like villain, effortlessly outsmarting opponents with incredible and astonishing accuracy. Seriously, only Banderas could play this part – Dreamworks better not even think about reprising the part.

Puss in Boots suddenly learned of its death, as it was living the last of its nine lives (the footage of how the first eight lives expired is hilarious). Worse still, Death is upon him and seems to be the only enemy he cannot overcome.

His quest to extend his mortal expiration date leads Puss in Boots to team up with his ex (voiced by Salma Hayek) and a quirky little dog in need of a family just like the protagonist.

The plot is too busy, with some of the supporting characters not producing as much narrative spark as one would expect. Case in point: go after the heroes Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and three bears (one of which is voiced by Olivia Colman).

Despite the inclusion of voice talent, the characters don’t elevate the movie that way, such as John Lithgow who stole the first and best feature lengths of “Shrek” (2001).

One character, I suspect, that will generate mild controversy is Jack Horner, voiced by John Mulaney. Why? This character is like a political cartoon caricature of a certain former President of the United States (You know, the picture in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”).

Considering the lengthy production process and delayed release of this film, it is conceivable that the character may have made headlines when the film was released (at one point, the film was scheduled to hit theaters in 2018). Now, it’s like an outdated reference (and Mulaney’s vocal performance isn’t based on a particular caricature).

If it’s aimed at subversive political satire in a children’s movie, the end result is overpowered, as the character feels more like extra baggage than the movie needs.

Much better is the inclusion of Death, stalker and terrorist Puss in Boots; The intensity of the character is enough for me to recommend that parents watch this movie before taking the youngest to the theater. Unlike the aforementioned Jack Horner, Death has real teeth; The final battle between Puss in Boots and Death is truly intense, the film at its creative zenith.

On the other hand, there are way too many extra episodes and Perritio’s companion, a sweet and needy therapy dog, is hit and miss; I love how the dog is clearly seen as Sancho Panzo in Boot’s Don Quixote but the character isn’t always funny.

The animation style often leans towards the anime-enhanced scene in the great “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” although the visual approach is often reminiscent of a video game.

The map layout scenes and the scenes of the characters running and jumping have the look of the game. Thankfully, the movie is always visually eye-catching, even if it looks like a video game commercial.

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The first “Puss in Boots” is funnier and more focused because it tells a great story. Despite being too busy and not always a hit, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is better than one would expect from a long-delayed sequel to a series that seemed to have peaked a decade ago.

I hope Banderas (the movie’s VIP character and as always, fun to listen to) and his ferocious cat make a final return. For now, “Last Wish” is a fun time to go to the movies with the family.

Two and a half stars

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