Before I start this review, I will say that Shrek 2 is not cooperating with me, so if I can't get video for it, I may have to do it from memory, which I have done before. Anyway, Shrek 3 was not quite as bad as I remembered , but it is still the worst of the series. Honestly, they should have stopped at Shrek 2 and maybe done a spinoff of a character or something (which they plan to do). It was sporadically clever and sporadically funny and of course filled with pop culture references , but at the expense of the heart and charm that made the first two movies classics.
The film shows us our favourite scottish ogre happily married to Fiona and on vacation in Far Far Away. The frog king (AKA Fiona's dad) "croaks" and Shrek is left with the responsibility of being king of Far Far Away, something he doesn't want to do. He asks if there's another heir, and after a talk with the queen, he sets out to Worcestershire high school with Donkey and Puss in Boots to find Arthur Pendragon (AKA Artie) Fiona's rebellious teenage cousin who is voiced by Justin Timberlake and is apprehensive about being king. Shrek has to talk Artie into accepting the throne and take him back to Far Far Away.
Meanwhile, the dastardly Prince Charming gathers a group of famous fairytale villains like the Evil Queen and Captain Hook to take back what is theirs and help him claim the throne of Far Far Away before Artie can. He also kidnaps Fiona and a bunch of other princesses (plus Queen Lillian) during Fiona's baby shower. Aah, that brings me to another plot point. Fiona is pregnant, and Shrek isn't exactly thrilled about it. I liked some elements of the story, and I thought Prince Charming made an entertaining villain, but the story simply has worn out its charm and is lacking in everything that made the first two movies great.
Someone commented in my review of the first film that these films probably won't age well because of the fact that most of their humour is pop-culture based and pop culture is always changing. I have to say that I agree with them because Shrek 3 is the Shark Tale of Shrek, full of Pop Culture references and no heart whatsoever. Some of the pop culture gags are funny, like Worcestershire High and the new princesses, but most of them are just stale and have exhausted themselves of their charm. Needless to say, the pop culture references were okay in the first and second films, but a little overdone and compensating for lack of original humour in this one.
The voice acting is still good, and Justin Timberlake handled his role pretty well. The movie is also still technically brilliant, but that's pretty much all it has going for it. I've heard the fourth one is a little better, and I intend to watch that as soon as I am done this review just to round out the series. I thought the movie definitely had its moments, just not enough of them to make a good movie. One more thing, the score to this film was incredibly cheesy and it was almost like it was telling you to feel sad when I didn't. Granted, the death of Fiona's dad was somewhat saddening, but that was pretty much it.
All in all, if you want to round out your viewing of the Shrek series, I would recommend you check this out, even though it isn't at all as good as the first two. I can only hope the fourth will be a little better and give the story arc a nice end before they start on Puss in Boots: The Spinoff. The animation and voice acting is good, and it certainly has its moments, but as a whole, it pales in comparison to the first two films, where they should have stopped.
This is the third (and presumably) the final installment to a film that has swept the world and a character that has left the industry green with envy. The film begins when the ill-fated Frog King meets his demise and Shrek and Fiona are forced to take the helm and run the kingdom of Far Far Away. Prince Charming sees an opportunity to seize the thrown which was rightfully his but realizes, he alone, won't be able to overthrow the great green ogre....so he recruits the forgotten characters from … more
This time Shrek rhymes with dreck what a wreck With far less jokes The Frog King chokes then he croaks Shrek's in line He starts to whine and to decline He won't despair since there's an heir somewhere out there Back on track no time to pack Shrek's bringing Sexyback When … more
Though not quite as good as the first two, this is still one of the best animated films to come out in the last couple of years! There are some hilarious scenes, especially when Shrek has a nightmare of being a father to thousands of little Shreks! The dying scene of the king was copied from many prior comedies, but it is still funny nonetheless. The newly added characters such as Captain Hook bring a nice touch. I hope there will be enough of a demand for more of these films!
I wish Amazon had 1/2 stars. This is a 3.5 in my book. I hesitated to buy or even rent Shrek 3. I'd read a review when it opened that suggested it fell very short of the other two. But I found a deal I couldn't pass up, and even if it was slightly amusing I thought it might produce a few giggles. If nothing else, the infamous Puss-in-Boots big-eyed, poor kitty stare was worth the price of Shrek 2. Surprisingly, I found much to enjoy. A twist on the … more
When King Harold (John Cleese) falls ill and eventually croaks, Shrek (Mike Myers) takes over the duties of King of Far, Far Away. He quickly realizes that he's just doesn't have what it takes to be a king. After all, he is an ogre. When he learns of another relative in line for the throne, Shrek sets out with Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) to find the long lost heir, Arthur (Justin Timberlake). While Shrek is gone, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) forms an army of evil … more
It's not easy being an ogre, but Shrek finds it doubly difficult for an ogre like himself to fill in for a king when his father-in-law King Harold of Far, Far Away falls ill in this thirdShrekmovie. Shrek's attempts to fulfill his kingly duties play like a blooper reel, with boat christenings and knighting ceremonies gone terribly wrong, and to say that Shrek (Mike Myers) is insecure about his new role is a gross understatement. When King Harold (John Cleese) passes away, Shrek sets out with Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss-in-Boots (Antonio Banderas) to find Arthur (Justin Timberlake), the only heir in line for the throne besides himself. Just as Shrek sets sail to find Artie (as Arthur is more commonly known), Fiona (Cameron Diaz) shocks Shrek with the news that she's pregnant. Soon after, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) sends Captain Hook (Ian McShane) in pursuit of Shrek and imprisons Fiona and her fellow Princesses as part of his plan to install himself as King of Far, Far Away. Shrek finds an awkward Artie jousting with his high school classmate Lancelot (John Krasinski) and, while Artie is certainly no picture of kingliness, Shrek is determined to drag him back to Far, Far Away to assume the throne. Mishaps and comedy abound, including a spell gone wrong that locks Donkey and Puss-in-Boots inside one another's bodies. While Fiona and the other Princesses prove they're anything but helpless women, Artie and Shrek battle their own fears of inadequacy ...