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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Danger, peril ratchet up a notch for charismatic cat.

Movie PG 2022 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 85 parent reviews

age 9+

Final Destination in kid's clothes?

A high quality cartoon which adults will probably like, but may really scare young kids. My eight year old said it was almost too scary. This is basically Final Destination for kids: the famous cat Puss in Boots is followed by death itself (in the form of El Lobo), and it's the only thing that's ever frightened even Puss himself. His hair stands on end whenever he's in the wolf's presence, and the wolf carries some terrifyingly sharp hooks and continues to say that he's looking forward to taking Puss's last life. There is also another villain who doesn't hold back in wanting to kill anything that gets in his way, including his own men. For older/less sensitive kids as well as parents, you'll probably really enjoy this well-made adventure, and its conclusion about the importance of family.
age 9+

Intense, frightening characters, best for older kids

I am SO glad I read the parent reviews on this site before a group of our family went to this movie over the holidays. I was able to *correctly* assess that it would be too scary and intense for my 5-year old, so we didn’t let him come along (he got to do other fun things - don’t worry). My 8 and 12 year olds were both covering their eyes in parts because that Death wolf - and every scene with him in it - is indeed frightening. The movie had some entertaining and heartfelt parts, but it was on-the-whole quite intense. There was not as much comic relief as in other movies from this series. I was also surprised the writers chose to add light swearing to a film that would be animated and advertised to kids. I’d say this is solidly for upper elementary and older audiences.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (85 ):
Kids say (126 ):

Shrek's charismatic cat buddy is back in fine form in this action-packed sequel. But Puss in Boots: The Last Wish might have done well to focus more on its characters, both familiar and new, and less on the nonstop action. The chase and fight scenes are visually impressive, but, narratively, they get old quickly. What doesn't get old is Puss' smug confidence in his feline fierceness and "fearless hero" status -- or adorable newcomer Perrito's innate goodness. It's almost a letdown when the fantabulous opening musical number gives way to a traditional chase and fight scene. The voice cast -- led by Banderas, love interest Hayek, and newcomer Guillén as the charming chihuahua -- is once again purr-fect. And the movie throws in quite a bit of Spanish in ways both natural (exclamations) and complementary (the soundtrack).

The music is one of the film's standout elements. Overseen by Brazilian composer Heitor Pereira, the soundtrack ranges from original pieces sung by Pereira and Banderas or Latin American stars like Gaby Moreno and Karol G to reworked classics, like a Spanish-infused version of The Doors' "The End" (Puss' own Apocalypse Now?). The story's blend of fairy tale characters can be a tad confusing -- menacing villain Jack Horner, a selfish Goldilocks sometimes confused for Bo Peep, and a big, bad wolf. It's part of the Shrek franchise's personality, but unrecognized characters could have functioned just as well and maybe have been less muddied, allowing even more focus on the fanciful felines. The reality is that many viewers will come for the cat -- and this latest adventure does assure that they'll stay for the cat.

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