Friday, May 21, 2010


Animated comedy

Mike Myers: Shrek the family man
Cameron Diaz: his wife Fiona
John Cleese: King Harold, ruler of the kingdom Far Far Away
Julie Andrews: Queen Lillian
Walt Dohn: smooth-talking deal maker Rumplestiltskin
Eddie Murphy: Donkey, Shrek’s sidekick
Antonio Banderas: Puss in Boots

This, the fourth edition of the Shrek series, is not bad but it’s not that good either. During the course of the first three, Shrek evolved from being a nasty ogre to becoming a family man with a wife and three "kids". I guess the writers felt this is as far as they could go with that storyline so they did a 180 and stick Shrek in an altered land where things are not the same.

Despite the fact many of the familiar characters make their appearance their relationship with Shrek has changed and so the magic is gone. It’s not the same at all.

Throughout the film the laughs are few and far between without any of the double entendres we’ve come to expect; if it were not for Puss in Boots they’d have to promote it as something other than a comedy. Even the requisite rude bathroom noises failed to elicit any sort of response from the kids in the audience presumably because that is so déjà vu and trite.

for mild action, some rude humor and brief language.

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