I have to be completely honest, as like most people I’m sure, when I first heard about Puss in Boots: The Last Wish being released, I wasn’t too enthused as the recent Shrek films and all of its many spin-offs weren’t that great. Add in the so-so Netflix series of our feline hero, and I was even less enthused.
But I am so glad I took a chance on this movie as not only did it turn out to be a return to form for Dreamworks, but hands down one of the best films of 2022, animated or otherwise. Now after having a brief and amazing run in theaters and pulling in more views on VOD, we finally come to the 4K home video version that makes a great film even better.
It’s good to know that I’m not alone in loving how awesome this movie is, as our own Ethan Brehm reviewed it not long on VOD and loved it as well, and you can check out his review for all of the plot details and his take on it while I go into mine on this home release.
As you’ve already guessed, I absolutely loved the film and how it blew me away at how perfectly put together it is. From the perfect voice actors behind the fun and loveable characters, to the amazing animation that picks up a few tricks from Into the Spider-Verse, to a story you’ll get pulled into and brings so many thrills and emotional feels, it’s quite possible this might be Dreamworks’ best work yet if not period.
As soon as you start watching, it’s clear the creators took a big step back and went over what wasn’t working not only from their own library of projects, but other family films as well (*cough* Strange World *cough* Lightyear), and set out to make the best movie they possibly could.
And it shows in every frame as there’s painstaking, loving detail in every scene that really picks up when the action starts. The action scenes may very well be some of the best animated fight scenes I’ve seen outside of anime, aka where people go for their usual animated fighting fix.
All of this is made even better in 4K with HDR colors that make every scene, action-packed or not, pop off the screen beautifully. Then there’s the always appreciated Dolby Atmos audio that brings movie theater sound home if your setup allows it. There’s also a ton of special features to go through once the adventure is over.
First there’s audio commentary with director Joel Crawford, co-director Januel Mercado, producer Mark Swift, editor James Ryan and head of story Heidi Jo Gilbert. They go into how they went about making the film while sharing all sorts of fun and interesting anecdotes along the way.
“The Trident” is an all-new exclusive short for this release that has Puss sharing one of his most epic adventures. A perfect follow-up to the film for those who can’t get enough of him (which is everyone after watching the movie for sure).
There’s also a slew of other neat extras such as deleted scenes, a behind the scenes look at the actors behind the characters, a featurette that goes into the making of the film, and more that will keep your boots busy long after the end credits.
I could write about Puss in Boots: The Last Wish all day, but you owe it to yourself, your family and friends to pick this one up and watch it together. It’s hands down one of the best films you can watch right now (or anytime for that matter), and will have you meowing in delight with its purr-fect blend of action, comedy, and drama.