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Shrek the Third
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Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews, John Cleese
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Dreamworks
Web Site: www.shrekthethird.com
Kiddie Movie: This one is probably better for them.
Date Movie: Only if she's your wife and you're taking the kids.
Gratuitous Sex: Not really, but a little talking about it.
Gratuitous Violence: Just the Shrek kind.
Action: Some running and jumping.
Laughs: Here and there.
Memorable Scene: Nothing really stood out.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Chris Miller, Raman Hui
Produced By: Aron Warner

Shrek the Third
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:32 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
After seeing "Shrek the Third," revisiting my review of the original "Shrek," and recollecting my memories of "Shrek 2," I have come to realize that I not really a fan of the "Shrek" movie franchise. But before I get to that, hereís some of the storyÖ

In "Shrek the Third" frog King Harold (John Cleese) dies, but before he dies he informs Shrek (Mike Meyers) that Shrek shall now be King of Far Far Away. Shrek is having a hard enough time coming to terms with Fiona (Cameron Diaz) wanting a family, so there is no way he wants to rule the kingdom. But before the good frog actually dies, he tells Shrek the next, next in line to be king would be Artie (Justin Timberlake), a distant family relative. Shrek knows what he must do Ė find Artie and bring him back to take his place at the throne. So Shrek, Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and Puss (Antonio Banderas) are off on their adventure to find Artie.

In the meantime, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett), still smarting because he should be King, plots an evil plan with the evil cartoon characters to take over Far Far Away and be done with Shrek once and for all. So Prince and his crew invade the kingdom while Shrek is away, take Fiona and some others prisoner, and wreak havoc in town.

Will Shrek make it back to save the day? Will Artie cowboy up and want to be king? Will Puss and Donkey switch places (I suppose we already know that answer from the trailer)? Will there be a nice wrap-up saying we can all get along if we try? You can probably guess the answer to all of those questions, but the real question is if "Shrek the Third" is any good?

For me, sadly, that answer is no.

Look, I get the Shrek thing, and get how kids can like it, and actually did like how they tried to keep a lot of adult jokes in the original to keep us entertained, but for "Shrek the Third" it really seemed like they came up with a story just to keep the money-making franchise going, and as much as I like Donkey, I think he is just getting old.

The jokes werenít nearly as creative as they used to be, as good as the animation is, and this is hard to explain I suppose, but itís almost trying to be too good (Prince Charmingís horse looked 98% real) and I donít like that look in a fairy tale, and for only being an hour and a half long, I sure kept looking at my watch a lot.

There were a couple of funny moments, but for the most part all of the Shrek jokes, and the jokes poking fun at Disney, have  been done already, and the movie couldnít stand on the story alone. I guess, for me, itís only 2 stars out of 5 for "Shrek the Third." Your kids might like it, but I think itís time for Shrek to retire from the movies and spend the rest of his time with Fiona and his triplets living in the swamp.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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