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Shrek

A movie directed by Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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Not a children's movie!

  • Jun 9, 2001
Rating:
+3
Pros: Very well done animation - very funny

Cons: none

The Bottom Line: Good animation, great characters, funny script. A real winner all around.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Just because this is an animated movie - folks will think that it's a kids fil - WRONG. There are many points about this film that aren't suited for kiddies. Mature kids over 12 maybe.

Shrek was a delight in many ways - animation was so good and detailed. The characters were fleshed out nicely and overall there was a good story to it. Who could ask for more in a film?

Mike Meyers shone through this as "Fat Bastard" in the Austin Powers films. Shrek is a thinly veiled version of him - very funny. A self depricating ogre who finds love at the end of the rainbow.

Generally very witty with lots of wink wink jokes and nods to inside humor usually at Disney's expense.

I recommend this for a full priced showing - fun for everyone - even those who don't particularly care for animation.



Recommended:
Yes

Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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Set in a strange, colorful land populated by fairy tale characters, SHREK is a hilarious comedy that will win over audiences of children and adults alike. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome green ogre living in isolation in his own cozy little swamp. He is not receptive to visitors, and fends off the occasional party of torch-wielding villagers with ease. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) turns Shrek's swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters (including some pesky dwarves, wolves, and fairies) Shrek's quiet, introverted life is ruined. Joined by the talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek makes his way to Farquaad's realm of Duloc, where the Lord promises makes Shrek and offer: He will rid Shrek's land of the unwanted visitors if Shrek will go on a simple quest to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from her remote, dragon-guarded castle and convince her to marry Farquaad. On their quest, Shrek and Donkey run into a number of bizarre situations,...

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Shrek (Mike Myers), a green ogre that has always enjoyed living in peaceful solitude in his swamp, finds his life disrupted when numerous fairytale beings, including Pinocchio, the Three Little Pigs, and Donkey (Eddie Murphy), are forced into the swamp by order of the obsessive Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow).
 
Shrek leaves the swamp to ask Farquaad for the return of his privacy, with Donkey tagging along. Meanwhile, Farquaad tortures the ...
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Director: Andrew Adamson
Genre: Family
Release Date: 2001, May 18, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Conrad Vernon, Cody Cameron
Runtime: 1hr 29min
Studio: Dreamworks Animation, Dreamworks SKG, Pacific Data Images (PDI)
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