Puss in Boots: The Last Wish movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The Last Wish isn’t your expected cash-grabbing kids’ movie, being a sequel to a movie part of the Shrek franchise. Puss in Boots returns for another adventure with lovely personalities, tons of heart and some dark themes.


When Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for dangerous adventure has come to its toll, as he learns that he has already burnt through eight of his nine lives, he embarks on an epic quest to find the mythical wishing star to restore his lives.

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Movie details

Director: Joel Crawford
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek Pinault, Harvey Guillén, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo, John Mulaney
Writer: Paul Fisher, Tommy Swerdlow
Release Date (Australia): 26 December 2022
Runtime: 102 minutes/1h 42m
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains themes of death, scary scenes featuring menacing creatures and characters, as well as several sequences involving a sense of threat and peril. There is also occasional crude humour throughout.

Violence (PG)

The film contains several animated action sequences that feature the use of weapons, sword fights, punches and kicks.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains infrequent use of words including “crap” and “hell”, as well as several bleeped uses of coarse language.

mpaa rating

PG (for action/violence, rude humor/language, and some scary moments)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This funny, charming and adorable, yet often quite dark, gloomy and intense Puss in Boots adventure isn’t your typical cash-grabbing kids’ movie. It’s been over a decade since the first Puss in Boots movie, which was a spin-off in the Shrek franchise featuring the loveable ginger cat in tiny boots wielding a mini sword. But this is unashamedly the best they’ve done since the first and second Shrek movies.

When Puss in Boots learns that he’s already burnt through eight of his nine lives, he embarks on an epic quest to find the mythical wishing star to restore his lives. Get it? Because cats have nine lives? Anyway, it’s a pretty simple storyline that doesn’t sound, and isn’t really too complicated. However, this movie isn’t getting all the praise for its animation techniques, vocal performances and all of that, although it definitely deserves major credit for the cast’s brilliant work and the gorgeous 3D animation style that likes to pick some moments to do in a clever, witty 2D.

Forgivably, you can never expect a family comedy in theatres that isn’t guaranteed to have its extended moments of silly humour, but these very occasional scenes don’t overtake the heavy themes this movie wants to consider, which is actually life and death. There are three parties of antagonists, some who are more villainy than the others, but there’s fairy tale characters Goldilocks, the three bears and Jack Horner, and similar to the party this movie features as the protagonists, they all have meaning, struggles and thoughtful backstories to them. But it’s the main villain who appears as a whistling wolf who provides the sense of dread. And when you take into consideration villain construction, appearances and overall sense of menace, he’s one of the best antagonists of the year.

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