Shrek the Third
Movie Stats & Links
||Mike Myers, Eddie
Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett,
Julie Andrews, John Cleese
||This one is
probably better for them.
||Only if she's your
wife and you're taking the kids.
||Not really, but a
little talking about it.
||Just the Shrek
||Some running and
||Here and there.
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
Shrek the Third
A Movie Review
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
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!!