Shrek Forever After
May 26, 2010
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Director: Mike Mitchell
Writers: Josh Klausner/Darren Lemke
Based on the book by: William Steig
Producers: Gina Shay/Andrew Adamson/Aron Warner/John H. Williams
Starring: Mike Myers/Eddie Murphy/Cameron Diaz/Antonio Banderas/Walt Dorhn
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 93 minutes
After all of his many and varied adventures, Shrek has finally settled down to become a domesticated family ogre. Yearning for the days when he felt like a real ogre, Shrek is duped into signing a pact with smooth-talking wheeler-dealer Rumpelstiltskin. He immediately finds himself plunged into a twisted alternate version of Far Far Away where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king, all his friends have completely different personalities, and Shrek and Fiona have never even met. It is now up to Shrek to save his friends, restore his world and reclaim his one True Love.
“Feed me….if you dare!”
Shrek Forever After is the fourth and final installment of the series but the question is does Shrek go out with a big bang or a small whimper? The story is quite an improvement from Shrek the Third as it’s basically Shrek meets It’s A Wonderful Life. While it’s more entertaining to watch than the third installment, it still feels like it lacks that charm that made the first two movies special. The characters are well-written but again, it doesn’t have the same feel or originality as the first and second. However, it has more than the third which completely lacked almost everything that made us fall in love with the Shrek movies. The humour is again better than the third and there are a couple of funny bits but the humour doesn’t match up to the first or second movie. Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas and Mike Myers yet again bring their characters to life with some great voice-acting and some good dialogue. The writing and the script was okay and the animation is glorious as usual but I think it was the right decision to end the Shrek movies now while they’re popular and well-loved.
After watching the Shrek movies, I’ve completely fallen in love with them. From the animation to the loveable characters, Shrek charmed you and made you laugh and it was the kind of movie that you could watch with the whole family again and again (well, maybe not the third one). For me, Shrek the Third dragged the series down but I think that Shrek Forever After picked it up a little. While it’s definitely improved from the third in all areas, the first and second are far better. As a movie on its own, it’s a great family movie and I do recommend it to people who loved Shrek but don’t expect it to outdo the first two Shreks otherwise you’ll be very disappointed. It’s an enjoyable movie with some funny moments and the kids will definitely love it and the adults probably will too. Also, I would just like to add that Puss in Boots is just brilliant in this movie!
With a few giggles, a good story, great voice-casting and some nice-looking animation, Shrek Forever After is a great family movie and is a great movie to end the series. Well done to all the cast and crew for making such marvellous family entertainment!