Lives Flashing Before Your Eyes? 4.5 / 5
Directed by Joel Crawford.
Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: He has burned through eight of his nine lives, leaving him with only one life left.
I still have never seen the first Puss in Boots film. I honestly had no plans of even seeing The Last Wish until I saw the ecstatic word of mouth. So after a painfully delayed UK release date, I finally saw what the fuss was about.
It's really refreshing to see Dreamworks animation embrace new and exciting animation styles with this and their recent The Bad Guys. The confident animation style makes for vibrant and thrilling sequences that could make even the most mundane task look interesting. The opening and closing battle scenes especially were so layered and visually striking that I didn't know where to look.
The story to match feels surprisingly mature, with death looming and following Puss around every corner with a genuinely intimidating villain to match in The Wolf.
With a strong voice cast to carry the film, The Last Wish managed to surpass my heightened expectations becoming one of this year's biggest surprises showing that this franchise still has new life in it and managing the impossible by getting me excited about the idea of another Shrek sequel.