‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’: another fun recital by Antonio Banderas

A enjoyable journey movie that doesn’t intend to present ethical, social, cultural and important classes at each step and that, nonetheless, finally ends up providing them: the necessity for effervescent leisure, the significance of artwork in visible composition, and a refined and easy, however profound ethical. Puss in Boots: The Final Want It arrives with out the moral ambitions of different current animated productions, some higher than others, but it surely completely complies with one thing that’s too typically forgotten: the Dionysian sense of existence and its horrible distorting mirror, that lives, even these of cats. , which have seven or 9, relying on whether or not they’re Latin or Anglo-Saxon, are over. And in addition Antonio Banderas affords a recital.

Born within the animated division of the manufacturing firm DreamWorks as a secondary character in Shrek 2 (2004), and naturally impressed by the traditional story by Jacques Perrault, Puss in Boots managed to have his personal undertaking with the 2011 movie of the identical title, a spin off irresistible, though considerably brief on the wing, which stood out above all for the vocal present of Banderas, for the echoes of traditional journey reworked for youths of latest generations, and for the evident cocky streak coming from The masks of Zorro, by Martin Campbell, who had additionally had the actor from Malaga as a star.

However the truth that it took over a decade to carry the character again, and at a time when sequelae multiply like viruses, reveals that the character’s insolence had been considerably forgotten. Maybe that is why the inventive fruits of Joel Crawford —co-directed by Januel Mercado— are so shocking, till now in minor however festive merchandise corresponding to The Croods: A New Age, in a twilight reduce film, like in sure Western films, though solely within the plot and never within the varieties, way more luminous than these westerns by which the time of the characters runs out, and that are accompanied by an expressionist and even gloomy mild.

The goofy, boastful and jocular cat is compelled to change into conscious that his time is operating out. He does the mathematics and it seems that he has already been killed eight instances and he solely has one life left, which leads him not solely to an existential disaster however to one thing way more related in his case: worry. He’s not for heroism, conceit or audacity. He’s for calm and, if they arrive up in opposition to his enemies, for flight. And it isn’t a lot a query of avoiding dangers as of lack of significant which means. In two phrases, he’s sunk.

Nevertheless, regardless of the dramatic state of affairs, Crawford’s movie is hilarious and humorous. The humor is fixed; the rhythm, hectic; there are occasional songs that contribute little, however do not hassle in any respect, and the cadence of the pictures in some sequences, imitating the rhythm of comedian strips in pictorially impressed pictures, a delight. Thus, till an consequence with a transparent message from which different tales for kids may study: it is okay to make needs, however their success won’t ever be given by magic, however by what we ourselves do to realize it.

A separate chapter deserves the work of Antonio Banderas because the protagonist, each within the English model and within the one dubbed into Spanish. A present loaded with grace, appeal, articulations with the accent, juicy nuances in his wounded self-importance, and fantastic inflections of his solely interpretive device on this case: his voice.


Route: Joel Crawford, Januel Mercado.

Gender: animated adventures. USA, 2022.

Period: 100 minutes.

Premiere: December 21.