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All Ages Will Love Shrek

  • Jul 5, 2001
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Pros: wonderful animation, great characters, unusual

Cons: none

The Bottom Line: This movie is wonderfully animated and very entertaining for viewers of all ages.

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

Shrek is an animated movie, but it is not just for children. It involves humor that is both sophisticated and basic to please all ages in the audience. Mike Myers is the voice of Shrek, a lonely ogre who keeps to himself in a swamp. Shrek tries to avoid all contact with any other creatures because he thinks they will hate him because of the way he looks-- big, green and ugly. The ruler of the fairy tale land in which he lives dumps all of the unwanted fairy tale creatures in Shrek's swamp, and in order to get his peace back, Shrek must embark on an adventure to capture a princess from a tall tower guarded by a dragon. He is befriended by a goofy donkey (Eddie Murphy) who accompanies him on the journey.

I have heard some people complain that the movie had too much innuendo and that it isn't appropriate for children. However, I disagree with this criticism. There is nothing even remotely graphic in the movie. Any of the jokes with sexual undertones will go right over kids' heads. These jokes should be a welcome relief to parents, since the movie is much deeper than most animated films.

The filmmakers are intentionally going against the Disney formula in this movie. They even take a dig at Disney world, with a cute parody of the "It's a Small World" ride. Also, this movie is a lot less predictable than Disney films, and the leading lady (Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona) is much less of a pushover. Also, the animation is better than Disney. The scenes where Shrek is walking through fields of flowers and vegetables are especially impressive.

Everything is incredibly realistic and detailed, especially things like hair and grass. It is visually breath-taking. The characters have realistic, expressionistic faces. One of the most entertaining parts of the movie is when all of the displaced fairy tale creatures show up in Shrek's backyard. I would see the movie again just to see who else I notice in the background of the incredibly detailed, crowded group scene. (I wanted to write "shot" because the movie is so realistic, I sometimes forgot that it was animation and not film.)

Also, all of the characters are lovable, even the "villains" such as the Lord (John Lithgow) who is supposed to be marrying Princess Fiona. This is a welcome contrast to Disney movies where the villains are always completely evil and the heroes are always completely good.

This is a great movie that different viewers will enjoy on different levels. But everyone will leave the theater smiling. I don't want to give it away, but I LOVED the ending.


Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8

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review by . March 16, 2011
When you think about it, the Shrek series did for Dreamworks what the Toy Story series did for Pixar, sparing two big differences. First of all, Toy Story did not decrease in quality after the sequel, like Shrek did, and secondly, Pixar's films have all been of great quality, whereas Dreamworks has some rather unsavory titles that we'll get to sometime soon. However, it was pretty much the only dreamworks film that made a viable series and they have been making films of varying quality …
Quick Tip by . May 04, 2011
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review by . December 01, 2008
The vocalizations really make this movie. Being a rabid Mike Myers fan I think he did an awesome job with Shrek, but Eddie Murphy really stole the show with Donkey. Especially his spiel about Parfaits. You can see the actors characteristics coming out in the animation also, especially Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona. Shrek must leave his swamp and rescue Princess Fiona from her imprisonment in a Dragon guarded castle, and take her to Lord Farquaad so that he can have his swamp back again. He winds …
review by . December 04, 2007
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I thought I had ordered Shrek 3 from NetFlix but received the first one instead. I had seen it earlier and since I truly enjoyed it, I decided to watch it again. And guess what? It was just as entertaining as I remembered.    Shrek is so "ugly he's cute" and the wise-cracking Donkey is hilarious. They make unlikely traveling companions as Donkey attaches himself to Shrek as he heads off to regain his swamp by bringing a princess to a scheming lord who fancies himself to be the …
review by . January 28, 2002
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I missed Shrek at the movies, and just ordered the DVD the other day. What a great effort - not only cutting edge CGI with authentic hair (the holy grail of computer graphics, so I'm told by my techno-friends), but it's very very funny. Mike Myers manages to play it almost completely straight (super Scottish accent though!) and Eddie Murphy makes the funkiest donkey you'll ever see. And a great cameo from the three cockney blind mice. Nice job.If only Peter Jackson had paid attention to Shrek when …
review by . December 22, 2001
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review by . June 09, 2001
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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.      …
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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,...


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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