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Shrek Forever After (2010)

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Shrek Forever After

  • Mar 16, 2011
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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 or the Fairy Godmother in the second and third movies. I mainly just saw this to tie up all the loose ends and finish the series.

The plot is essentially borrowed from It's A Wonderful Life and its about a bored and domesticated Shrek wishing for a time when he was a real ogre. He accidentally ruins his kids' first birthday party and has a falling-out with Fiona. After that, he comes across shady deal-maker Rumplestiltskin and proceeds to make a deal that would unknowingly cost him everything. He is transported into an alternate world where Rumplestiltskin is King of Far Far Away, ogres are hunted, Donkey doesn't know him, Puss in Boots is a fat cat with no boots, and Fiona has never met him. Only true love's kiss can break the contract and Shrek has to acquire it before sunrise or else he disappears. The story is essentially borrowing from It's A Wonderful Life showing what would happen if Shrek was never born, but it doesn't work all that well because it just feels that the writers had run out of ideas and were throwing together various elements of the first three films.

The movie was quite watchable and at times quite funny and entertaining. I actually think this one was the most serious out of all the films because it had some real conflict and Shrek had everything to lose should he not acquire that True Love's Kiss. It also explored the deeper issues of Fiona's curse seeing as in the alternate universe, nobody saved her from the tower so she had to save herself and that was the attitude that she had then adopted for all the other things in her life. The more serious elements of the story were pretty hit-and-miss, but most hit, and that is part of what made this better than Shrek 3, which seemed a tad silly in my opinion. The movie is still light-hearted as well, mostly due to Donkey and Puss and some new ogre characters. The story is also quite well-paced and put together, but it just feels lacking.

The characters are still very good also and Rumplestiltskin makes for a very entertaining, although not very scary, villain. That's a thing that I find with all the Shrek villains. They aren't supposed to be scary, they are just supposed to be funny, and they succeed at that. Out of all of them, I think the scariest was Jennifer Saunders as the Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2. Anyway, Rumplestiltskin was amusing and what was good about him was that when he made his deals, he didn't go back on them and actually kept them. All in all, a good villain for the end of a good series.

The movie is still technically brilliant and it still has a great voice cast. Those seem to be the two good things that keep shining through no matter how bad a shrek film is. I can't attest to the 3D because I didn't see this in theatres, but I have a hunch that tradition 2D animation is whats best for Shrek. All in all, this is nowhere near the quality of the first two Shreks, but it is much better than the third one. A great way to end the story arc and all in all a decent movie. So if you just want to finish the Shreks or if you are stuck inside on a rainy day with nothing to do, I would recommend you check this out. For Animation Domination, don't expect any dreamworks for a little while now that I've finished their big series, but expect a slightly recent Pixar coming your way.

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review by . December 09, 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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review by . May 21, 2010
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"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. …
review by . June 18, 2010
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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
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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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