Ian’s review published on Letterboxd:
”I know I can never defeat you, Lobo. But I will never stop fighting for this life.”
For the longest time I could not find the reason why this was being made. I mean the franchise pretty much dove off the deep end really after the second film and the previous film was such a mediocre thing, I just didn’t realize this was of upmost importance to DreamWorks. I am so absolutely thankful for director Joel Crawford and the entire crew made this because I’m this was the first time in at least a year where I was actually wanting to go out to the theater to see an animated film and it was an absolute banger.
I don’t know if I’m just sick of the Disney churning out the same stuff all the time so being excited for this was me sticking it to them, but DreamWorks came to play. Taking notes from the obviously stellar Into the Spider-Verse film in its animation style, Joel Crawford and the animation department crushed the design. So many amazing and breathtaking moments throughout the entire film where I was just astonished at how good it looks. What’s with the obsession of hyper-realistic animation. ITS ANIMATED! Make it look like it! Like the quick cuts and the extra oomph that the animation created here helps push the film so far.
I mean I didn’t go into Puss in Boots: The Last Wish expecting for them to take some animation design and fight sequence with that opening homage to Attack on Titan, but man was it stellar. Then on top of that, the design for the characters here is so great. Goldilocks and the Bears was a nice addition, but man the wolf was spectacular. I won’t “give away” his role but Wagner Moura had a special voice that fit perfectly in the role and watching it creep into Puss in Boots and the genuine trauma it’s causing was an insight in the film I didn’t expect, but I absolutely dug the hell out of it.
Each other character and their respective voice actors are also all solid all around. Antonio Banderas & Salma Hayek both equally put so much heart and genuine love into the role and it shows so much in the final product. John Mulaney is also just such a great comedic voice and I loved every moment with him. I don’t know what I expected from this, before I saw everyone talking about it, but man I’m so glad it lived up to the hype. This rating might even go up on a rewatch, but Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is solid as all hell and DreamWorks did not come to play with anything revolving it. So good!
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