Hard Pill to Swallow: Everyone should watch “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”

By: Jayme Fisher

On Dec. 21, 2022, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” hit theaters.  The film follows the legendary cat that wears boots from the Shrek universe.  As a film itself, it serves as the sequel to the first “Puss in Boots” movie that was released in 2011. 

In the latest installment, Puss in Boots learns that his passion for adventure is taking its toll after destroying eight out of nine of his lives. To restore his nine lives, Puss embarks on an epic journey in search of the mythical Last Wish. 

Without revealing too much of the film, everyone should listen to what is written here and go watch the film, because it has no reason to be so fantastic. 

With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95%, critics agree that the film is outstanding.  From the plot, to the comedy and to the animation style, the film rounds out to be one of the best animated films of recent times. 

The plot itself is simple enough for a children’s movie, but enjoyable enough for college students. As Puss journeys to get his lives back, he meets characters that add to the plot and bring the right amount of comic relief. 

The overall plot is Puss’s battle with the fear of dying. The fear is played out through a bounty hunter, who is the Big Bad Wolf.  At the most inconvenient times, the Big Bad Wolf shows up to battle Puss. However, Puss always runs away in fear. As for the comedy, Goldilocks and the three bears, Jack Horner, Perro and Kitty SoftPaws make great characters, who know how to deliver comedic and well-timed lines. 

Lastly, the animation style of this film is just outstanding. It uses the same animation style as “Into The Spiderverse”. It is an impressive advancement in animated films, and one that should continue to be used.  In addition, it added an element to the story, almost as if viewers are “reading” the movie. The style makes the story feel like a comic book or storybook come to life. 

In the end, “Puss in Boots: Last Wish” is a great film and everyone should watch it. It has a great plot, great comedy and great animation style.

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