“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” Enchants Audience With Meaningful Sentiment

Ciara Foley and Nicole Scotton

NESPA Winner: Review, 2023

The Searchlight, Walpole High School, Walpole, MA

When searching for a lighthearted childhood movie to watch, films such as “Toy Story” or “Tangled” come to mind for many due to their whimsical storylines and ecstatic framework. This is, understandably, the bar set for most children’s movies—a low-impact climax that results in a happily ever after, creating the perfect hour and a half entertainment. Yet in recent years, productions have begun to inject metaphors and underlying messages into their scripts that give such films a deeper meaning and complexity, rather than just personified animalistic characters. An unexpected epitome of the recent uptaking, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” has attained much popularity, as it has captured the new standard of deeper meanings within children’s movies.


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