Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish ★★★★

I lost track of the Shrek films years ago, they just didn't interest me. I would have completely ignored this if I hadn't heard all the positive word of mouth, which seemed to be coming at me from everywhere.

While I don't think it's quite as revolutionary as some people seem to be making out, this is a hell of a lot of fun. The compelling story is filled with characters that mesh together wonderfully, it has a couple of real laugh-out-loud moments and the visuals are simply gorgeous. I particularly loved the changing styles during action heavy sequences in which things go more abstract.

But it's the characters who bring this to life. Notably the array of villains who all have much more to them than typical children's stories. The Wolf especially was a properly intimidating presence, and those red eyes were such a good image. Puss in Boots himself is decent enough, especially his more cat-like behaviours, but Perrito turned out to be the star.

It's an adventure filled with humour, action, magic and some strong emotional beats, and I'd like to see more.

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