Antonio Banderas obviously loves playing that damn cat.
As the swashbuckling Puss in Boots, the actor’s voice resonates with the irrepressible enthusiasm, charm and exuberance missing from his flops “Dolittle” and “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.” He’s animated in more ways than one.
The guy treats this self-absorbed Spanish kitty who constantly speaks in the third person as if it were his Hamlet. And you know what? It could be easy.
Running time: 100 minutes. Rated PG (Action/violence, rude humor/language and some scary moments.) In cinemas.
Puss in Boots, which first appeared in 2004’s Shrek 2, is back in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish after its standalone spin-off 12 years ago. And it’s okay! The family film doesn’t take the franchise or studio DreamWorks to new heights of invention, but Oscar winner Olivia Colman voices a Cockney bear.
The stakes are high for our favorite feline. After getting off to a musical start with a song called “Who Is Your Fearless Hero,” in which Puss dies in a whoopsie accident, he learns from a doctor that he’s burned eight of his nine lives and is now fully mortal. “My prescription,” says the doctor, “No more adventures. You must retire.”
And so the restless rodent catcher hangs up his hat and moves into Mama Lana’s Cat Rescue, an episode of “Animal Hoarders” waiting to be passed. Puss grows a beard like David Letterman. He also befriends an unnamed stray dog they name Perro (Harvey Guillén), who pretends to be a cat to fit in. The extremely cute character throws a bone at dog lovers.
His twilight years are shattered when Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and the three bears (Colman, Ray Winstone and Samson Kayo) burst in. They tell Puss about a magical wishing star that could save him – if he catches it first. Along with Perro and old flame Kitty (Salma Hayek), he battles Goldi and a pot-bellied Lewis Carroll-esque villain named Jack Horner (John Mulaney) to achieve the enchanted object.
Yes, it’s a typical Macguffin with everyone chasing a trinket, but quite a creative one with lots of good jokes. The comic-style action sequences also make the film, co-directed by Joel Crawford and Januel Mercado, stand out from the crowd.
However, the most important reason to watch is Banderas’ top-notch voice performance. If only more A-listers treated their animated film roles as more than a pet project.
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