All cats have nine lives….what will Puss in Boots do with his last and final life? Puss in Boots: The Last Wish has been a long time in the making. It’s been more than 10 years since the original film release which was a spinoff from the Shrek movie franchise.
With witty humor and action-packed scenes, plus some life lessons thrown in, this Dreamworks film may end up being a family favorite. Read on for our full Puss in Boots: The Last Wish movie review!
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Movie Review
About the film: Puss has burned through eight of his nine lives, though he lost count along the way. Getting those lives back will send Puss in Boots on his grandest quest yet. Academy Award® nominee Antonio Banderas returns as the voice of the notorious PiB as he embarks on an epic journey into the Black Forest to find the mythical Wishing Star and restore his lost lives. But with only one life left, Puss will have to humble himself and ask for help from his former partner and nemesis: the captivating Kitty Soft Paws (Oscar® nominee Salma Hayek Pinault).
The Story (Don’t worry – you won’t find any spoilers here)
Will the daredevil cat we know and love play it safe? Of course not! But for the first time, we see a softer side of this suave kitty and even some fear! You’ll see loads of suspense and action-packed scenes along with Shrek-like humor throughout Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.
The clever storyline is a hit! The film includes plenty of kid and adult-friendly humor, many many cameos like Goldilocks and the three bears, Little Jack Horner who’s not so little, and many more. It’s a funny family-friendly fairytale!
The Puss in Boots 2 sequel offers several life lessons for kids about friendship, honesty, overcoming fears, etc. At a few points in the film, we’ll see PiB experience true fear when a red-eyed evil looking character enters the film. This part may be scary for younger kiddos.
We’ll see PiB have what appears to be a panic attack. With the pandemic ramping up anxiety in even our youngest family members, this moment resonated with my 11-year-old and me. Afterward, we discussed that even the most fearless can become panicked at times and need a helping hand. It was a good way to reflect on things going on in our own lives and how it’s important to be there for one another.
Is Puss in Boots: The Last Wish for Kids?
While film and tv ratings are very much hit or miss these days, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the PG rating Puss in Boots: The Last Wish received. While there is some violence and mention of murder appearing in the wanted posters, the language may be what shocked me most. Okay most of them were bleeped but there was a scene more than halfway through the film that just drops bomb after bomb.
There’s also a cut-off BS and a few smaller-scale language words like hell and rude humor name-calling. Many of the fairytale cameos have a darker side and may be a bit confusing for younger kids.
The CGI animation is beautiful! Puss in Boots hasn’t lost his charm and delivers a great family film. The overall storyline and message are great for family members around age 6 and up. The film will leave you laughing throughout. My son and I absolutely love the addition of Perrito the cute mutt dog. This sequel is a hit!
See Puss in Boots: The Last Wish in theaters tomorrow (December 21st)!