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Shrek Forever After (2010)

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Time to give the big green guy a break

  • Jun 18, 2010
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Shrek Forever After is the fourth and supposedly final entry in the series of films chronicling the comical adventures of a green ogre by the name of Shrek. The first film released in 2001 was an instant hit. In 2004 it was followed by Shrek 2 which was also a delightfully entertaining animated-comedy. Then in 2007 the series took a misstep with Shrek the Third which was forgettable to say the least. Now we have Shrek Forever After which, though not as bad as Shrek the Third, still doesn't measure up to the first two entries in the series.

There isn't much of a plot to Shrek Forever After. It follows the basic `It's a Wonderful Life' formula of trying to show how the world would be if Shrek was never born. To me this doesn't seem like a good idea for a Shrek film because it doesn't expand the story what-so-ever because you know by the end of the film things will go back to normal without any change except for Shrek having a better understanding of who he is. They could have still provided that message without such a generic plot. In fact, given the scenario they chose I felt incredibly disappointed that we didn't get to see other characters from the series. What about Lord Farquaad or the Fairy Godmother? How does Shrek never existing affect this? We'll never know because the script is so narrow-minded that it does little to expand on the concept of Shrek never being born.

Speaking of villains, Rumpelstiltskin (voice of Walt Dohrn) doesn't really measure up compared to the antagonists of the first two films. Okay, he's a step up from Prince Charming in Shrek the Third, but that doesn't take much.

On the bright side the film still keeps the primary voice-actors. Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy both get in some good lines as is expected from the two SNL veterans. Most of the other members of the cast aren't used enough to leave an impression so I have nothing much to say on them.

So: is Shrek Forever After a wreck? Well, to be honest it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be coming into the theater, but it still is a letdown. Some lines got a chuckle out of me, but for the most part Shrek Forever After pandered to younger members of the audience and robbed jokes from the previous entries in the franchise.

Is it a good note for the Shrek franchise to end on? No. If this were a perfect world Shrek would have ended on Shrek 2. Is this movie good for children? I'd imagine so. There's nothing in here that's bad for kids, and it does have its clever moments, just not at the same level of quality as the first two films.

7/10 stars. Worth seeing if you have children but don't expect the same quality as Shrek and Shrek 2.

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December 09, 2010
very nice review!
 
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review by . December 09, 2010
Happily--without getting cliche'--'Shrek Forever After' bounces back from 'Shrek the (Mediocre) Third' with the trajectory needed that its predecessor lacked. The hero is in dire straits; the characters are in fine form; and the audience is spared from tired dialogue and unnecessary tangents found in the last outing. The plot, furthermore, is solid and stirring--with some really neat tie-ins to the other films. While the ideas are truly revitalized, this final (?) effort is, nevertheless, not as …
review by . March 16, 2011
Shrek Forever After is nothing like the quality of the first two, however it is much more watchable than the third. That being said, it does have its moments, but the story arc just feels like they ran out of ideas and were just trying to milk the franchise for all its worth. However, the voice cast is still good and the movie is technically brilliant as always, though I can't speak for the 3D. I also found that Rumplestiltskin was a very funny villain, although not quite as good as Prince Charming …
review by . May 29, 2010
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Quick Tip by . December 28, 2010
Good news that it's the final chapter! Capitalizing on its success over and over again is just not the way to do it, imho.The story simply gets old. I did have fun watching it coz this is the 2nd of the series that I watched.
Quick Tip by . December 20, 2010
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Its not as good as the 1st and 2nd movies but more entertaining than the 3rd. The shrek series is still a major improvement over many other kids movies today though!My 2 yr old neice loves it especially the music.
review by . May 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
"Shrek Forever After" (if that is its real title) achieves exactly what it wanted to achieve simply by being a fun animated comedy with characters we've come to love. Still, for something so heavily promoted as being the final chapter, I'm surprised at how small and ordinary it seemed. Movies like this should end with a bang, emotionally and physically; they should not go from beginning to end on a slow and steady burn. By the end, most will feel as if they've been entertained. I felt that way. …
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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Please, please, please - let this franchise die already. The third movie killed it and the 4th only buried it deeper.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
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The story is pretty simple and the movie is pretty short, but you get the feeling after watching it that the light bulb must be flickering just before it goes out. The heart and soul of what made the Shrek movies so good is almost completely gone.. To keep the franchise going at this point would be like forcing a kid with a broken leg to walk. It just seems cruel. Shrek had a decade of making us laugh, and we salute him for it. Which is why perhaps it's time to send the big green ogre off to a well …
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Not the best of the series, but much more fun than the 3rd. I think it was a fitting end. And since I have room left .. "Do the roar" HaHA!
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Shrek Forever After in US theaters May 21, 2010 starring Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Ian McShane. Shrek (Mike Myers) has become a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant
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After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.

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Shrek Forever Afterdelivers laughs, life lessons, and a striking picture of the realities of parenthood in this surprisingly good, fourthShrekfilm. Like the original film, this fractured fairytale works because of the humor--it pokes fun at the whole fairytale genre on a multitude of intellectual levels while simultaneously offering visual humor that's ...
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Director: Mike Mitchell
Release Date: May 21, 2010
Studio: Paramount Pictures

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