SHREK FOREVER AFTER
Director: Mike Mitchell
Cast: The voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn, Jon Hamm, Craig Robinson, Jane Lynch, Julie Andrews, John Cleese
MPAA Rating: (for mild action, some rude humor and brief language)
Running Time: 1:33
Release Date: 5/21/10
Review by Mark Dujsik | May 20, 2010
we believe marketing, then Shrek Forever
After is the last installment (or "final chapter," as the ads
calls it) in the story of the lovable ogre. If you don't believe advertising, then believe the end credits, which use
clips and images of the characters and situations from the previous
movies to bring back better memories. The third movie gets the short end of the stick
during the credits, which is probably as it should be (Apparently that movie is
as forgettable to the filmmakers as it is to everyone else).
you don't believe the end credits, then the final proof is in the movie itself,
which continues the trend of its predecessor. Here is yet another story forced upon the characters, humor that is funny
only every so often, and a premise that is decidedly treading the familiar
waters of this once hilarious, ingenious, and genuinely touching world and the
characters who inhabit it.
(voice of Mike Myers) is moody yet again. This
time, he's become numb to the day-in, day-out of raising a family of triplets
with Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) and hearing the regaling tales of his past
from his friends Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (voice of
to go back to the glory days when ogres were feared by torch and
pitchfork-wielding townsfolk and not the entertainment fodder of snot-nosed
brats (One of whom incessantly demands to hear Shrek's roar in a funny,
scratchy-voiced staccato), Shrek's ennui comes to a head at the babies' birthday
party. Fighting with his wife and
storming off, the mischievous Rumpelstiltskin (voice of Walt Dohrn) makes a
magical deal with our ogre hero: He will give Shrek one day as a feared ogre in
exchange for another day in the ogre's life.
(as he will be called from here on out for brevity's sake) has a devious plan in
mind. He once intended to take over
the Kingdom of Far Far Away by forming a similar contract with Fiona's parents,
but in saving her from the tower, Shrek put a damper on his plan.
indeed has a day to himself, but since the day Stiltskin took away was the day
of his birth, Shrek will fade from existence at the end of it ("How's that
for a metaphysical paradox," Stiltskin declares, quite rightly). None of his former friends know who he is, and Fiona is the head of an
ogre resistance force fighting against Stiltskin and his army of witches, who
still have a warranted aversion to water.
such a gimmick as the reason for the story is the most obvious evidence that the
Shrek saga has run out of steam. Shrek's
goal, once again, is to prove to Fiona that he loves her and show why she should
love him. The variant this time
around is seeing how the world has changed because of a Shrek-less existence.
is a warrior princess, still (apparently) under the spell that changes her from
a human by day to an ogre by night (although she's always an ogre here). Without her prince charming to rescue her, she has become bitter and
cynical. Puss has become too big for
his boots as Fiona's pet. Donkey is
still the wise-cracking, pop-song-singing amusement he always has been. Shrek, yet again, comes to see the error of his ways.
plot rushes through its points, which is a blessing for pacing but a curse for
developing what potential there might be. The
new characters, a slew of ogres and a bevy of witches, are without much unique
personalities, although the ogre chef (voice of Craig Robinson) earns a laugh
for a well-timed non sequitur about the food needs of an ambush during a war
room meeting. Even a voiceless Pied
Piper, hired as a bounty hunter by Stiltskin, after an amusing entrance riding a
mischief of mice, only has the trait of forcing creatures to break-dance by
playing his adjustable flute.
one new character who stands out is Stiltskin, who makes a just-memorable
villain. Stiltskin is a consistently
entertaining antagonist, with his diminished stature, a weasely voice to match
his personality, the propensity to change coiffures for different occasions (One
makes him look very much like a famous heightened-hair doll), and an
Amadeus-like style choices (via Tom Hulce's portrayal).
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