“Shrek Forever After”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Well, Shrek and the gang are back… again. Only this time they claim that it will be the last time. I guess only time will tell, but with a Puss in Boots spin-off already in the works, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Oh, did I mention it’s in 3-D? Did I need to? I thought it was a given that all animated movies are made in 3-D these days. I don’t even think it’s possible to make a 2-D animated movie any more. Never the less, Shrek Forever After doesn’t really need to be in 3-D. A few scenes work, but over all it’s just another reason to increase the movie ticket prices once again.


In this, the fourth installment of the Shrek trilogy saga, Shrek finds himself going through a mid-ogre-life-crisis, and wishing that his life could be more like the good old days. Thanks to Rumpelstiltskin that’s exactly what he gets. And by exactly, I mean not at all. Not only does he get to be a real ogre again, but due to oversight in the fine print, he finds himself having never been born; which means he’s never met Donkey, or even saved Princess Fiona from the Dragon’s Keep for that matter. All of which, changes Far Far Away into Rumpelstiltskin’s own personal kingdom. I don’t want to sound like a prude, or that old man that says back in my day, but I do have a parental problem with the movie. Not that I have kids mind you, but you’ll see what I mean in a second. In order to break his deal with Rupelstiltskin, Shrek needs to get Fiona to fall in love with him again. So, what does Shrek do to win her heart? Why he tries to kicks her ass of course. Look, maybe I’m over reacting here, but do you really want your kids to think the way to a woman’s heart is by punching her in the face? I do realize that in the context of the scene, Shrek and Fiona are sparring, but I think it still sends the wrong message to young kids. And when movies like this are used as babysitters, and are watched over and over to no end, I really think it’s the filmmaker’s responsibility to take that into consideration when making the film. Okay, I’m going to leave it at that because I’m starting to feel like a crotchety old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn.

Shrek Forever After is not a horrible movie it’s just not nearly as good as the first Shrek. But, its way better than Shrek the Third, which was so bad I wouldn’t watch it again if you paid me. The thing that worked so well in the first two movies was their clever usage of the classic fairy tales. In the last two movies it seems as if they’ve turned their backs on that approach, which is sad, because that was the whole charm. I also miss the once creative Mike Myers. I want the So I Married an Axe Murderer Mike Myers back. He seems to just keep regurgitating the same old same old these days. Not even Eddie Murphy’s Donkey can save these movies any more. The bottom line here is that they should have stopped making these movies after the second one. But as with everything else, they’ll keep milking the dead cow as long as people are still willing to pay for the milk. And if you truly think this is the last you’ll see of Shrek and the gang, you must really enjoy the “reality” of reality television.

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