Review: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

A must-watch for all ages


By Tate Landes, Reporter

After 11 years, the swashbuckling cat “Puss in Boots” has returned to the big screen in his second solo movie “The Last Wish.” 

After becoming an essential part of the “Shrek” universe, Puss in Boots returns with a fast-paced, adventure-packed animation that will leave you wishing for just one more sequel. The sequel follows Puss and his friends on their quest to achieve the last wish granted by the wishing star. To their surprise, they are not the only fairyland creatures interested in obtaining a wish. 

The witty script and ever-charming Antonio Banderas serve as the perfect combination for this sequel to remain popular after such a long-awaited return. Directors Joel Crawford and Januel Mercado borrow from anime-style fight scenes similar to “Spider-Man into the Spiderverse” to pull every action scene together in an exciting format.

The wildly talented cast explores the gifts of many well-known actors, including John Mulaney, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and of course, Salma Hayek returning as Puss’s hot-and-cold lover “Kitty Softpaws.” Each side character brings something special to the film that elevates it beyond a typical children’s movie. 

“The Last Wish” is not only filled with a vibrant storyline and animation, but it also outlines a deeper storyline with the introduction of the villain Death. Death is introduced as a bounty hunter and soon locks into the fiery feline’s innermost fears. This movie is perfect for kids, both young and old, and will leave adults asking the bigger questions as this movie highlights deeper psychological battles that Puss struggles with throughout the film.

The main storyline follows Puss in Boots trying to wish back his life as he has discovered that he is in his ninth and final life. He finds out more about himself throughout the film and leaves the audience with a sentimental ending.

Also, the soundtrack – written by Heitor Pereira – is worth a mention. He plays with themes similar to the first film that perfectly accompany each scene. Every song feels familiar and nostalgic, just like the first time Puss in Boots was introduced in Shrek. 

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” is a must-watch. While the childish nature may seem intimidating to high schoolers and adults, it is a great film for all ages.