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Puss in Boots 2: The Last Wish

also known as “Batuotas katinas Pūkis: Paskutinis noras,” “Çizmeli Kedi: Son Dilek,” “Csizmás, a kandúr: Az utolsó kívánság,” “De gelaarsde kat: De laatste wens,” “Den Bestøvlede Kat og Ønsketjernen,” “Der gestiefelte Kater: Der letzte Wunsch,” “El Gato Con Botas: El Ultimo Deseo,” See more »
MPA Rating: PG-Rating (MPA) for action/violence, rude humor/language, and some scary moments.

Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
CONTRIBUTOR

Average (somewhat offensive)
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Adults • Young-Adults • Families
Genre:
Animation Adventure Comedy 3D Sequel
Length:
1 hr. 40 min.
Year of Release:
2022
USA Release:
December 21, 2022 (wide release)
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Relevant Issues

Selfishness

Narcissism

What is DEATH? and WHY does it exist? Answer in the Bible

What is ETERNAL LIFE/ and what does the Bible say about it?

The idea that there is an actual Wishing Star

Magic

What does Scripture say about Stealing? and theft?

Thieves in the Bible: theft, robbery, the two thieves

Bad Wolf who is “Death

Wolves in the Bible

Bears in the Bible

Trapped in the Cave of Lost Souls

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Featuring Antonio BanderasPuss in Boots (voice)
Salma HayekKitty Softpaws (voice)
Harvey Guillén (Harvey Guillen) … Perro (voice)
Florence PughGoldilocks (voice)
John MulaneyJack Horner (voice)
Wagner MouraThe Big Bad Wolf (voice)
Ray WinstonePapa Bear (voice)
Samson KayoBaby Bear (voice)
Olivia ColmanMama Bear (voice)
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Director Joel Crawford
Januel Mercado
Producer DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images (PDI)
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Distributor Distributor: Universal Pictures. Trademark logo.Universal Pictures

He’s the legendary cat who does not fear death. He saves the young, the weak, the old—anytime, anywhere. He’s faced many types of foes, large and small, and none have ever been able to subdue the hero who is Puss in Boots! He’s practically invincible! Right?

After defeating a giant monster in a nearby town, a giant bell drops on Puss in Boots. Upon awakening, he comes face to face with a doctor (slash witch doctor and other professions). The doctor informs him that he has died. Puss laughs and states, “Ha! So what? I have nine lives?” “And how many have you lost already?” the doctor questions. It’s then Puss realizes he’s down to his last life.

The doctor tells him his adventuring life is over and recommends he become a house cat at the home of Mama Luna, a “cat lady” with an incredible amount of cats. It is here Puss meets a fun, yet odd, dog (pretending to be a cat) named Perrito. Puss does not adjust well to his new living environment, but that may change very quickly.

When some bounty hunters come upon Mama Luna’s doorstep looking for Puss, he overhears an opportunity to find the legendary Wishing Star. With this star, Puss could wish for more lives. But he’s not the only one on the hunt for the star.

Pray for mercy from Puss in Boots!

Right now at the school where I teach music, I am teaching about film music in a movies class for high school students. At one point during the beginning of the class, I asked the students some of their favorite films, some of them based on genre. When I came to animation, I mentioned the “Shrek” series (all the films) were some of mine, and when I asked if they had seen any of the “Shrek” film series, out of the 17 students, only a few raised their hands.

The “Shrek” series, and in this case the “Puss in Boots” franchise, were once one of the most celebrated films of the millennial generation. When you thought of animation outside of Pixar, you thought of Dreamworks and then your mind went straight to the “Shrek” series. It seemed that most people saw the “Shrek” and “Puss in Boots” movies. Now if you ask students if they’ve seen any of the “Shrek” movies, you might get a few “Oh yeah I saw it, it was good.”

As a stand alone film, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” is a nostalgic, magical and heart-warming ride, with some bumps (albeit large ones) in the road.

The Good

ANIMATION and PERFORMANCES: Simply breathtaking. As one reviewer put it, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” combines many of the animation techniques of “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” which only strengthens the other aspects of the film. Speaking of performances: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and more particularly Harvey Guillén have incredible comedic chemistry together. You could tell these three veteran actors were having a lot of fun in the recording booth during and in-between takes.

PACING: The overall pacing of the film was perfect (100 minutes). The balance is good between action and what I call “scenes of calm.”

The Bad

Some of the content raises some red flags, particularly since this is a children’s film. Here is what I noticed.

LANGUAGE: A bleeped-out “Sh*t for brains,” “All I smell is bull****” (incomplete), “What the h*ll are you talking about?,” “B*gger,” “What the ****?,” “Cr*p” (2), “That is a cr*p name,” “I haven’t got dingleberries”

Slang definition: Bugger

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Puss is shown urinating into a toilet while standing. He and another are also seen straining to defecate in a litter box. There is also a scene that appears to involve raw sewage.

ALCOHOL/DRUG USE: Some characters react to drinking milk or cream as if it were beer, and it is imbibed in a tavern. Puss once seems tipsy.

OVERALL MOOD: The overall feel of the film is at times dark and depressing, and the issues faced may be too mature for some young viewers. Wolf’s menacing appearance and behavior might scare some kids. (*MINOR SPOILER*) It is eventually revealed that he is Death himself. *END MINOR SPOILER* A “dark forest” is entered by Puss and two friends. It first it appears light and colorful, but it suddenly turns dark and dangerous. Characters are in danger at various times.

VIOLENCE: Heavy (especially for a children’s action film). Multiple scenes involve sword fights. A giant tears a building’s roof off and grabs people inside, later throwing Puss through the building. Puss dies when crushed by a bell. We also see the cause of each previous time he was killed. The cat lady’s door is broken in by attacking bears, and the father bear smacks the baby bear. Various characters are struck throughout the film. A male villain uses his henchmen as a bridge, without caring that some fall (probably to their deaths).

OTHER: Two characters indicate they murdered to obtain a map to the Wishing Star. A small dog tells how his owners tried to drown him in a river. Puss and Softpaws steal a ship. A woman is shown in her bath (not explicit). Someone calls the baby bear a dingleberry, and the bear’s father confirms that the baby has one on him.

Themes

Themes of bravery, courage and friendship run fairly strong in this film. However, there is one overarching theme that encompasses the film and that is Death and the fear of death. He had laughed at Death because he has died so many times he hasn’t noticed, but when he has to face his “final death” that is the first time he experiences true fear.

As we approach the time of year where we celebrate our Lord Jesus’s birth (incarnation), I am reminded that the purpose of HIS birth was to save us from sins. The beauty of being saved by the Lord Jesus is that we no longer have to fear Death. Jesus conquered death, sparing us eternal damnation in Hell. Here are some Scriptures that support this.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” —Romans 6:36

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” —1 Peter 3:18

“And which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” —2 Timothy 1:10

“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” —1 Corinthians 15:54

Final Thoughts

“Puss in Boots” gave me mixed reactions: laughter, joy, sadness and definitely some shock. “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” brings a strong story with some heart, but also PLENTY of content to watch out for, particularly since this is geared toward children (though as I said, it wasn’t children that were in the theater I attended; mostly young adults like myself). I stress caution to Christian audiences before taking families to see the film. There’s a lot of violence, cartoonish in nature, and some language that may make some “wish” they’d stay home. Discretion is advised.

  • Violence: Heavy
  • Profane language: Moderate
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Mild
  • Sex: Mild
  • Drugs/Alcohol: Mild
  • Occult: Mild
  • Nudity: Minor
  • Wokeism: None

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive
Positive—Wishing your life away has negative connotations. In the case of “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” wishing is a central theme in the first DreamWorks Animation movie in the Shrek franchise in more than a decade.

To cut to the chase, Christian families will wish to watch the film because it’s very funny, family friendly and has a great message on finding an abundant life that’s based on selflessness and teamwork. Christian families will also be glad to hear that the movie doesn’t contain woke content, which seemingly has become the norm for recent animated movies.

A follow up to 2011’s “Puss in Boots,” which was bland compared to this sequel, “The Last Wish” opens with Puss in Boots (the daring outlaw cat voiced by Antonio Banderas) discovering 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.

Because cats only have nine lives, Puss must embark on an epic journey into the Black Forest to find the mythical Wishing Star and restore his lost lives. But with only one life left, Puss will have to humble himself and ask for help from his former partner and nemesis: the captivating Kitty Soft Paws (Salma Hayek).

In their quest, Puss and Kitty will be aided--against their better judgment--by a ratty, chatty, relentlessly cheerful, little orphan therapy dog Perro (Harvey Guillén). Together, the trio of heroes must stay one step ahead of Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and the Three Bears Crime Family (Ray Winstone, Olivia Colman and Samson Kayo) who are also looking for the Wishing Star.See all »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Positive—I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would, The lessons taught were quiet good, being aware of your life and those around you. The scariest thing in this movie will be the wolf, I think he would even unnerve Maleficent.

Puss is on the last of his nine lives and death is after him, angry that Puss has been so reckless with the previous eight. Stricken by fear Puss, who has always laughed in the face of death runs. After learning of the wishing star that fell to earth with one wish left to grant, he goes in search of it.

He is not alone in his quest, others are after it. All except the little dog who feels he already has everything.

Puss wants his nine lives back, Kitty Soft Paws wants someone she can trust, Goldilocks wants a human family, Jack Horner wants to possess all the magic in the world, and uses magic stuff he has already acquired to try and get it. With one big exception all learn a lesson with an ending I found original and a step above anything Disney would have done.See all »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
David Pyle, age 58 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—Be careful, I’m pretty sure there was a lot of anti-Christian things in the movie. From magic to even death stalking Puss-in-Boots. I was also curious about the characters eyes? When they held the magic map, their eyes became stars. So it was circles with stars?!? Not sure if I’m going to far? Action and fight scenes were awesome! And good story line though. I’d say 13+ for age.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
Steve, age 40

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