Staff member reviews latest ‘Puss in Boots’ movie

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” the new film from Joel Crawford, follows the story of a heroic and arguably egotistical cat that goes by the name Puss in Boots. Puss lives for adventure and relishes in attention and praise from his “fans.”

It is common knowledge that cats are known to have nine lives, and Puss in Boots has burned through eight of them. Shortly after living his eighth life, it is recommended that he go into retirement. At first, Puss is understandably in denial, however, he eventually concedes to the fact that he is faced with the finitude of his life.

Puss then comes across an opportunity, a wishing star, to get his nine lives back. Throughout the rest of the movie, he must defeat obstacles and other characters who are also fighting for the wish. He finds himself in fairy tale-like circumstances that require dramatic feats of gallantry and skill. Once Puss reaches the star, he is not sure if he should even use the wish. After wasting his other eight lives on material items and shallow praise, he comes to terms with what really matters in life. Puss in Boots has everything he needs in his life right now, his friends and family.

Throughout the movie, we see prominent morals and life lessons being learned by the protagonist. While this movie is intended for kids, I think it can be entertaining for almost all ages, since many young adults grew up with the character. That is the highest compliment I can pay to “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” considering it is an animated movie with a relatively simple plot. Overall, I give the movie 4.3 out of 5 stars.