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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022) Review

This is my review for the 2022 movie, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. The UK received this movie a lot later than the US did, so by the time that I’d been able to see it – the reactions from America were already on the table. This was going to be good.

What is Puss in Boots: The Last Wish about?

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” is a sequel to the 2011 movie “Puss in Boots”, which was, itself, a spin-off of the Shrek franchise. The general plot of the movie is a fairly standard fantasy affair. There’s a fallen star that will grant the holder one wish. Multiple factions are racing to get to that star, including our titular feline hero – who needs it to restore his nine lives. Think Stardust meets Garfield.

On a deeper level, it really is a character-driven story. The biggest ego in the Shrek universe is forced to look itself in the mirror and question their mortality and how they’ve spent their lives. It’s an interesting direction to take for a Dreamworks film.

The Characters

We follow three main groups (and an overarching villain) as they race for the wish. Of course, there’s Puss in Boots – reunited with Kitty Softpaws (from the 2011 film) and alongside new character, Perrito (Puss’ annoying canine companion). Perrito, for me, is a perfect encapsulation of what this movie does right. He primarily exists for comedic relief, yes. However, he also plays a very key role in the development of Puss’ character. He isn’t just a Donkey, there to be shouted at and cracked jokes. The movie presents his optimistic outlook as pure and embracing this is the entirety of our main group’s arc.

Competing against our heroes is the “Goldilocks crime family”, who provide some of the more emotional beats in the story. There’s also Big Jack Horner, who has already become an internet sensation. He is comedy gold every time that he’s on-screen and would make a perfectly good primary villain… if this movie didn’t already have one.

Everybody’s talking about the big bad wolf. While Disney keep giving us movies about generational trauma and twist villains – Dreamworks shook their head and gave us a monster. The villain of this movie is menacing and at times, scary. The only thing that he truly lacks is screen time, though this could’ve taken away from his alluring mystery.

The most important thing about these characters is that every single one is funny. There is a fine line between a comedic relief character and an annoying character. This movie walks that line perfectly, despite making it very difficult for itself – with many characters present.

Goldilocks and her crime family provide a lot of emotion in the final act.

Is Puss in Boots: The Last Wish a kids film?

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish walks its PG rating carefully. It very much is a film appropriate for kids and children will definitely love it. Some of the jokes may make some prudish parents unhappy (there’s plenty of implied swearing) and some scary scenes – but most will probably love it.

That said, this does feel like a movie made with adults who grew up with the character firmly in mind. At no point will you feel patronised with fart jokes. This is a movie that everybody can enjoy.

Will there be a Puss in Boots 3?

Spoilers! The end of the movie is a pretty clear teaser for a continuation of the Shrek universe. There has been talk of a Shrek 5 for a while now, which is certainly a possibility. With Eddie Murphy saying that he’d happily return to play Donkey, it’s certainly not impossible. At this stage, nothing is confirmed – but I’d struggle to believe that this is the last time we see these characters, especially in the era of the MCU and shared universes being hot.

Do you need to watch the first Puss in Boots to understand this movie?

No. In theory, you could watch this movie without having seen anything in the Shrek universe before. I went to see this with my partner, who had only met Puss in Boots in Shrek 2 and she loved it. Will your enjoyment of this movie increase if you have attachment to the character? Possibly. There are also a few Easter eggs for Shrek fans, but these won’t feel out of place if you’re watching this as a standalone movie.

Kitty Softpaws, from the first Puss in Boots movie, does make a prime appearance but it doesn’t take a genius to understand the context there. I can barely remember the 2011 film (I doubt many do) and nothing felt confusing. She used to ride with Puss in Boots and they were good friends. Very good friends.

Who should watch this movie?

This is a great animated movie and could very well win an Oscar this year. If you like animated movies, then watch this – you won’t regret it. If you feel any sort of attachment to the characters of the Shrek universe, you’ll love this.

This was my review for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022). Did you enjoy this movie? Let me know in the comment below.

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