Shrek Forever After Movie Reviews
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I'm in my 40s - and even if I didn't have children I would still go see all of the Shrek movies. They are are funny and well done, including this one.
What a downfall from the first three movies! I am astonished at how stupid and sloppily thrown together this film was! I would only suggest this movie to people with a desire to LEAVE.
I am one of those people who fell in love with Shrek 9 years ago. I have since graduated high school, graduated college, live on my own, and work full time as an Occupational Therapist. I believe anyone who fell in love with Shrek 9 years ago as I did will still love this movie. They will be interested in finding out the end of the story as I was. It does't not matter how many years it has been since the first one, we all wonder how the end will happen if we saw the beginning. Its is a great movie!!!!!!!!
The original Shrek was released 9 years ago, so the kids who originally fell in love with this goofy ogre are now finishing high school, going to college, or mooching off of their parents. They probably don't really care about this franchise much anymore. Kids new to the series probably won't be interested in coming into the story so late. So it makes you wonder why Dreamworks would even bother making another sequel.
I shall call this film "It's A Wonderful Shrek". Our "hero" has become domesticated with a wife and three kids, but longs for the days when he was feared. He makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin that he will trade one day of his life for one day as an ogre. Unfortunately for Shrek, his one day takes him back to the day he was born. In this alternate world, none of his friends know him, and things have changed for the worse. The only way to put things back to normal is with true love's kiss.
Wait, wasn't that the premise of the first film too? Yeah, it was. In fact, a lot about this film is recycled. Back in 2001, the original Shrek flipped nursery rhymes on their head and added pop-culture references that made the story fresh and new. 9 years later, the voicework in this film is still great (Antonio Banderas' Puss In Boots is still one of my favorite cartoon characters ever), but the jokes have grown stale, and the novelty has worn off. This is supposed to be the last Shrek film, and if it turns out to be, that's good, because this is one ogre whose time has passed.
As a parent no complaint in being dragged to see this. Not the best I have ever seen from Disney, but it has some legs of it's own that make this a nice bookend to the Shrek series. Naturally, your kids will love it, and nothing too racy for a parent to worry about.
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