|I went to see "Shrek Forever After" this past weekend, even though, by now, you all know my opinion on sequels in general, right? Much less a sequel to a sequel to a sequel!
But I have always enjoyed the Shrek series, even "Shrek 3" that everyone seems to have despised, so off I went.
But I hate to say it, the Shrek magic is now gone for me. "Shrek Forever After" is... forgive me... mediogre at best.
Forever After huh? Is that a promise?
So let's just get to the latest in the story so we can all finally get on with life, and live "happily ever after."
The loveable ol' Shrek we all remember is now a cranky ex-monster with a bad case of midlife crisis. Call him the not so jolly green giant!
At a birthday party for his triplets, Shrek (Mike Myers) has a meltdown and wishes he had his old life back.
Because at this point in the series, the only thing they can think to do with the character is take away everything he has in order to get some sort of story and have him realize the you-don’t-know-what-you-have-till-it’s-gone thing.
A bit tired if you ask me.
Anyway he runs into Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn, ever heard of him? Me neither.)
More on that later.
Rumpelstiltskin makes Shrek an offer he can't refuse. In exchange for giving up one day from his past, Shrek will get to spend one day as a menacing monster.
But as the old saying goes "the devil is in the details" and in the fine print of the contract, Rumpy has tricked Shrek out of a very important day — the day he was born and now the ogre has never existed.
In other words, if you trade any previous day of your life, it could change the present.
Sound a lil' confusing and a bit too advanced of a storyline for the youngin's ? Umm, yeah!
Never mind, the kids not getting any of it, at this point had you been in the theater with me, you'd heard me muttering, "Huh? I don't get it."
Does it matter? Probably not if the jokes fly fast and funny enough to make us forget the details. Sadly, that doesn’t happen. It is only mildly amusing.
So after the high of feeling like his old badass self again and feeling "on top of the world" (cue the song by the Carpenters please), Shrek discovers that a world in which he was never born is a very different place than he remembers.
He meets up with his friend Donkey (Eddie Murphy)and Puss-in-Boots (Antonio Banderas) who is now fat and lazy.
He must make friends with them all over again and only a “true love’s kiss” can break his spell. (Hmm,where have we seen/read/heard this before?)
Shrek will also need to join a rebel group led by Fiona in order to defeat an evil tyrant, Rumpy, of course and his evil minions of witches.
In all fairness , there’s nothing horribly wrong about the movie, it's just that we've seen it all before!
The funny stuff is just not as fresh as in Shrek or Shrek 2, but there are still some laughs to be had here—especially with the now awfully fat Puss in Boots. (Yes, the animators use the big, sad eyes expression again, and yes, it still works!)
SideNote: Supposedly Puss in Boots is getting his own spin-off movie next. No wonder! He still nails this kitty!
Speaking of voice acting, I need to say something about Cameron Diaz as Fiona. I don't know if it's boredom from playing the same role four times now, or just bad acting, but Diaz really just seemed to be phoning this one in.
She's in good company in the bad voice acting department. The only new character in this latest Shrek, is the evil Rumpelstiltskin, and he reminded me of the past evil- doers from “Shrek” pasts. Such as Lord Farquaad (short and mean) and Prince Charming (conceited and dishonest.)
It's really not the poor guy's fault- he’s voiced by an unknown non-actor named Walt Dohrn, who is also credited as being head of Dreamworks' story department (hey, that makes him screwed in both the movie and in real life.)
Number of times I checked my watch: 2.
No matter how hard I tried, my mind kept wandering from what was happening on the screen which never happened with the Shrek adventures of the past.
Dreamworks swears it's their last Shrek and I hope they have the good grace to stick to that promise.
I say good it's finally ogre!
Posted by oxyjen on May 26, 2010
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