This holiday season, Dreamworks has treated us to a long-awaited(?) sequel to Puss in Boots. If you are a  fan, PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH is in theaters now, but is it the movie your family should see? I was invited to a special screening of this film, so let’s chat about what to expect, with no spoilers.

Check out my spoiler-free review for Dreamworks Animation PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH and see if it’s the right holiday movie for you & your family this year!

About the Movie

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puss in bootsFor the first time in more than a decade, DreamWorks Animation presents a new adventure in the Shrek universe as daring outlaw Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for peril and disregard for safety have taken their toll. 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.

PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH fetaures an impressive voice cast of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek Pinault, Olivia Colman, Harvey Guillén, Samson Kayo, Wagner Moura, Anthony Mendez, John Mulaney, Florence Pugh, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Ray Winstone.

Visuals & Soundtrack

Dreamworks Animation is known for its levels of visual perfection. Watching every single kitty hair stand on end in this movie was pretty neat. Some fight scenes were mixed with a 2D, anime animation style that was fun to watch.

PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH is  laden with beautiful music. Expect music from Hector Pereira, Antonio Banderas and this upbeat song from Karol G.

The Storyline

Just how far can you stretch a franchise?

Puss in Boots has had many lives, and THE LAST WISH documents all 8 of his previous lives. There are a few fun flashbacks that involve beloved friends like Shrek and Gingy. These all lead up to his current life, which is his last. This is why finding the last wishing star is so important to him – he needs more lives.

The premise of this movie is to live life to the fullest – and your deepest desire is usually right in front of you – no magic required. These lessons on family, friendship and life are touching, especially at the holidays.

Family Movie?

The entire Shrek franchise is known for its brand of family-friendly-rudeness, and Puss in Boots is no exception. It has been 10 years since we have seen a Puss in Boots film, so anyone who loved the franchise then is certainly old enough to handle the level of crudeness in this film. There are plenty of hidden adult innuendos, crass exchanges, fighting, “drinking” and instances of mild colorful language. These legitimize the PG rating(rated PG for action/violence, rude humor/language, and some scary moments) this movie holds.

puss in boots the last wishAs a parent, it is sad that these animated, family features are moving away from G ratings. A family movie being offered at the holidays, that is both entertaining AND safe for all ages, would have been preferable. But do not let this take away from PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH. These instances do not make this a “bad” movie. It just may not be appropriate for your whole family.


The beautiful part of PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH is that while this is a holiday movie, it is not centered around the holidays. You can watch this movie anytime, and watch it repeatedly as well. Puss in Boots is a great family night movie, even with the cautions above. This is one movie that will not leave adults bored senseless while watching.

PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH is in theaters now.

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