Love Thy Nerd
Love Nerds + Engage Culture + Build Community

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish | Reviews of the Nerds


Hey everyone, I’m Chris Chaudoin and this is Reviews of the Nerds.

Today, I’m reviewing the movie Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Puss in Boots is a character based on a fairy tale that made his big screen debut in Shrek 2. Then he got his own movie in 2011. The Last Wish is a sequel to Puss in Boots, but if I saw that movie, I don’t remember it. Knowledge of the first Puss in Boots movie in the Shrek franchise is not a requirement to enjoy this movie. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish has an excellent premise.

The charismatic cat has lived life, excuse me, lives to the fullest. Puss has used up eight of his nine lives and finds himself scared of dying. He’s being stalked by a bounty hunter, the black hooded wolf, Lobo, and running for his life. He has to keep a low profile but finds himself being pulled back into adventure as he goes in search of a star fragment that has the power to grant one wish. There are several other parties after this star as well, including Big Jack Horner, Goldilocks and the three bears, and Puss in Boots’s ex fiance, Kitty Softpaws. Adventure ensues as everyone searches for the star.

If you like great storytelling, over the top but relatable characters, great action, and fantastic animation, then this is for you. Some of the people behind Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse did the animation for this, and it shows. Not only is this a fun and engaging story for kids, but it really hits home for an older audience, too.

Some of the deeper themes of this movie deal with the fragility of life, nature versus nurture, righting past wrongs, and why living for yourself isn’t a great way to live.

I had two friends, neither of whom have children, recommend this movie to me. After watching it, I saw why. Yes, the animation is good, the storytelling and voice acting are top notch, but there was something more. This movie has heart. It doesn’t just tell a good story, but it helps the viewer think about the deeper meaning of life and what’s really important. To me, it echoes the words of Jesus himself. For what does it benefit someone if he gains the whole world and yet loses or forfeits himself? This movie is available to stream on Peacock or you could rent it, which I strongly suggest that you do.

I’m Chris Chaudoin. Remember, the legend will never die. And for more discussions about the world view of Puss in Boots and other media things, you can check out my podcast Worldview Finder on YouTube, Spotify, or iTunes.

Reviews of the Nerds are not traditional reviews, in that we don’t offer a rating, nor do we tend to review things we don’t like. Reviews of the Nerds is all about finding the right audience for what we are reviewing.

LTN Partner / Affiliate
LTN Radio is a 24/7, ad-Free, streaming station that features Christian music of every genre. On LTN Radio you'll hear hits, deep cuts, rarities, remixes, and many more tracks you'll never hear on mainstream Christian radio, including a lot of fresh indies.

Reader Comments

Related Content

Mansions of Madness In-Depth

Ted Lasso & Letting People Enjoy Things

Six: The Musical | Reviews of the Nerds

A quick review from Rachel Knight of a popular Broadway musical.

Star Trek: Picard (Season 3) | Reviews of the Nerds

A quick streaming review from Radio Matt for Paramount+.

Quest-O-Nomicon | Reviews of the Nerds

A quick tabletop review from Tieranie Albright.

Apollo 13 | Reviews of the Nerds

A quick classic movie review from Julien Jamar.

Bear Knight and New Faith That Wavers

Donnesa McPherson shares a great lesson learned in the second book of the Lightraider Academy series by James R. Hannibal.

Free Play 146 | Review Bombed

Community Content Producer Andy - aka Prodigas - asked us our thoughts on review bombing, why people feel the need to score games 0 out of 10 that haven’t even been released or give 0 or 1 scores to balance out the ratings of popular games with high ratings. Horizon Forbidden West is one such game that got hammered by negative reviews before it was even out yet. What about the idea that art is subjective? And can you share your experience with something in a review in a constructive way, even if it wasn’t necessarily a good experience? That’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play podcast.