Shrek Forever After

17 Jul

Title: Shrek Forever After
Year: 2010
Director: Mike Mitchell
Writers: Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson
MPAA Rating: PG, mild action, some rude humor and brief language
Runtime: 93 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 58%

Shrek Forever After is, like the previous installment in the franchise, a film that, while it does have it’s good moments of fun, feels, at least to me, like a not-so-clever rehashing of the far superior first two entries in the story of the green ogre and his donkey companion. Let’s face it though, this film was made solely to make some money, and while it technically has indeed been financially successful, with worldwide grosses of over $450 million on a $165 million budget, it has been less so than the three previous installments, even though this one counted with pricier tickets and the expensive IMAX and 3D theaters, which means, I would assume and hope, that this is the last we’ll have seen of the ogre, unless he makes some cameo in the planned Puss in Boots spin-off film.

The villain of this one is Rumpelstiltskin, who makes our titular ogre sign a pretty dangerous contract in which he makes Shrek give away a day of his childhood for a day without adult responsibilities, what Shrek didn’t think though, was that the day that Rumpelstiltskin would choose to sacrifice would be the day of his birth, and so, Shrek is now in a world in which he was never born, and Rumpelstiltskin is the ruler of this world, and Fiona, Shrek’s wife, is the leader of a rebel pack of ogres.

You know how this goes, Shrek has to regain the trust of all the main characters he spent the three last films getting to know, and the film is spent explaining the all-too-well-known “you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone” motto, and to be frank, it’s not that fun to watch, it’s like watching a real-life man in the middle of his mid-life crisis, all the while filling the film with typical Shrek stuff, gags that have been spent to the point of exhaustion, and way too many pop culture references, and yeah, some of those can evoke a giggle or two, but look at the masters of animation, Pixar, and recall how many pop culture references they have in their films, yeah, close to none, just sayin’.

The characters are still cool, though, not nearly as cool as in the first two, that’s for granted, but there’s a reason why we loved them in the first place and that’s all still there, they’re still endearing, less endearing but still, you can’t write this off as a bad film, because it really isn’t, it’s just not as good as the first two and after the last one I’m a bit tired of this stories, but for better or worse my money, as I said, is on this one being the last and DreamWorks can now move on to working on another franchise, hopefully that one being Kung Fu Panda which is coming up with a sequel soon enough, and that’s a franchise I have more faith in.

Grade: C+

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