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Shrek 2 (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Comedy and Kids & Family movie directed by Andrew Adamson

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Shrek 2

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2001's Shrek was certainly a revolutionary film. It introduced a new style to animated films, it put Dreamworks on the map, and it was a huge critical and commercial success. So naturally, the inevitable sequel came three years later. There are only a handful of sequels that can surpass the quality of thier predecessors, and to me, Shrek 2 is one of them, being arguably the best Shrek film. It takes everything that made the first movie great and added to it, with wittier pop-culture gags, crisper animation, and hilarious secondary characters. After this one, they were just after our money, but this, along with its predecessor, is a classic and in this review I shall explain exactly why.

In the first Shrek movie, we found Shrek battling a fire-breathing dragon and a very tiny lord. Now, he's battling a much more fearsome person: his father-in-law. Shrek and Fiona are now married and they travel to Far Far Away to meet Fiona's parents. They aren't exactly met with welcome, especially from Fiona's father, who wanted Fiona to marry the dashing stoogely Prince Charming (Rupert Everett). It seems that King Harold had a deal with the Fairy Godmother that Fiona would marry Charming, but Fiona was already married. Fiona and Shrek have a bit of a lover's quarrel and Shrek contemplates the fact that maybe he's not the best thing for Fiona. He steals the happily ever after potion from the Fairy Godmother's factory with the help of Donkey and Puss in Boots (the assassin that Harold hired to kill Shrek, an obvious play on Antonio Banderas' Zorro) and finds himself transformed into a dashing non-ogre. He makes his way back to the castle to find out that Charming is masquerading as Shrek and it's up to Shrek to stop the wedding and tell Fiona that he's been...well...an ogre. Plus, he has to stop Charming from kissing Fiona because she's under the influence of yet another potion that will make her fall in love with the first man she kisses.

One of the ways that this movie rises above its predecessor is that it has more and better secondary characters. There's Puss in Boots of course, star of the upcoming Shrek Spinoff, and he's a hilarious character. I might check out the spinoff, but I think Puss is better off left as a supporting player. There's also Fiona's parents, the accepting Queen Lillian, played by Julie Andrews who kicks ass in everything she's in. There's also King Harold, who doesn't exactly accept Shrek and wants her to marry Charming or Fairy Godmother will turn him into a frog, and he's voiced by the equally as awesome John Cleese. There's also the lovable fairytale characters from the first movie, like Gingy, Pinocchio, and The Big Bad Wolf, and they are talentedly voiced and wickedly funny. lus, there's Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey, and they are terrific and well-developed as always, but the secondary characters are much funnier. The voice cast is also terrific, and the movie is well-acted all around.

The villains also are terribly entertaining, and the Fairy Godmother is actually quite menacing. Jennifer Saunders was the perfect choice to voice The Fairy Godmother. There's also her son, Prince Charming, voiced by Rupert Everett (who has a really sexy voice by the way). I find it awesome that the villains (well, the villain and her accomplice) are what the original fairytales considered the good guys. Namely, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother. Prince Charming is much more of a villain in the third movie, but his mummy is much more menacing and he's more like her stooge. Needless to say, they are both splendidly funny, occasionally quite threatening, and terrifically acted by Jennifer Saunders and Rupert Everett.

The film still has as much great humour as the last one, except this time, it's much more pop-culture based than the last one. I actually like that, even if it means that the film is slightly less original than the first one and it probably won't age well. I loved the setting of Far Far Away and it's parodies of everything from Versace to Starbucks. I also loved the King Kong parody near the end and all the various parodies of pop culture based things. I suppose what could fit in this category is Far Far Away Idol which is what I would highly recommend if you were to rent or buy this movie on DVD. Needless to say, this is a very funny movie, and to me, it never gets old, but it definitely will eventually.

The animation is much cleaner and crisper the second time around, but there isn't really much to say about it, so I'll move on to the storyline itself. The pacing is perfect, and if this movie had been any longer than 90 minutes it wouldn't have been as good. It never feels like it's going too fast or too slow and the movie is comfortable with itself as a whole. It also doesn't take itself too seriously and that's definitely a good thing. The story also has a great amount of heart to it. Plus, it will entertain adults (due to its pop culture based jokes) as well as kids. Needless to say, a great storyline and great animation for a great movie.

The first Shrek film was a classic, and I love it as well, but I love this one much more and it's arguably the best of the films. The third and the fourth films were just okay, but these two are classics and I will love them long into my adulthood. This film takes everything that made the first film great and gave us more of it, making for one hell of an entertaining movie. Great jokes, great acting, great animation, and brilliant references, some poking fun at fairytales. If you haven't seen this movie, I would definitely recommend this, as well as the first one, seeing as they are both classics and are two of the best films Dreamworks ever created. All in all, this is a great film with my highest recommendation

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review by . December 05, 2005
If you liked the first movie, you will definitely like this sequel. If you didn't like the first one.... well I don't know what to tell you. If a little toilet humor and parodies of what was thought not to be parodied offends you, then this movie won't change your feelings. To me the high-light of the movie was s toss-up between "[...]-in-boots" the character whose voice was given birth by Antonio Bandera's; I personally believed that this character was the highlight of the movie. The other highlight …
review by . November 10, 2004
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Sequels normally do one of three things: 1)They are complete and utter failures that damage the "franchise" of a certain character or storyline 2)They are good, but just not as good as the original or, and this is the rarest of all, 3)they are head and shoulders above the original.    Ironically, "Shrek 2" doesn't fit in any of these categories. It simply picks up where the first movie ended and rolls along with the story. In this sequel, or continuation, we find Shrek and Fiona …
review by . June 11, 2004
Pros: funny, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, amazing animation     Cons: plot, soundtrack     The Bottom Line: He's gotta be sure and he's gotta be soon and he's gotta be larger than life... Bah, that song is in my head now.     After the mammoth success of the first Shrek movie, which accomplished the rare feat of appealing to all ages, there was no doubt that Dreamworks would come out with a sequel. While Shrek (Mike Myers) and Donkey …
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The lovably ugly green ogre returns with his green bride and furry, hooved friend inShrek 2. The newlywed Shrek and Princess Fiona are invited to Fiona's former kingdom, Far Far Away, to have the marriage blessed by Fiona's parents--which Shrek thinks is a bad, bad idea, and he's proved right: The parents are horrified by their daughter's transformation into an ogress, a fairy godmother wants her son Prince Charming to win Fiona, and a feline assassin is hired to get Shrek out of the way. The computer animation is more detailed than ever, but it's the acting that make the comedy work--in addition to the return of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz,Shrek 2features the flexible voices of Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), John Cleese (Monty Python's Flying Circus), Antonio Banderas (Desperado), and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) as the gleefully wicked fairy godmother.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Andrew Adamson
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 19, 2004
Screen Writer: Andrew Adamson
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2004
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Animated
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