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Shrek Forever After

Shrek Forever After

In Theatres: 
May 21, 2010

In the fourth and final installment of Shrek, lets face it, the franchise gets lazy on us. With the exception of everyman Walt Dohrn’s Rumpelstiltskin (Dorhn voiced several characters in the previous film and three in this one, plus, just look at the guys imdb resume) and several Ogres your not only getting the same characters we’ve learned to love (or abhor) over the franchises lifespan but the story, penned by Shrek The Third writer Josh Klausner and another writer whose credits include mostly stuff you’ll never have seen or heard of, is, as usual, recycled.

Tired of being considered a roadside attraction by the people who used to fear him Shrek longs to be the fearsome ogre he used to be. He strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, who missed a huge opportunity because of Shrek earlier in prequel form, and goes back in time for one day to live the life of fearsome ogre. Of course we all know that deals with Rumpelstiltskin can't be all good and Shrek finds that his one day may be his last. In an effort to save the life he once had he has to re-introduce himself to his friends and family and find a way to break Rumpelstiltskins contract. If you don’t know where this is going, if red flags haven’t popped up in your head screaming It’s A Wonderful Life, Happily N'ever After or The Santa Clause 3, you may find some enjoyment.

Shrek managed to do what few thought possible; creating a family film on the power of Mike Meyers’ immature comedy innuendo’s that most of the time parents would find unsuitable for their kids but who didn’t get on the phone to Tipper Gore immediately after seeing it, and grabbing an Oscar for their troubles. The follow ups, not so magical. Shrek 2 being good enough to find itself with two Oscar Nominations and Shrek The Third with none. In any case most complaints that I’ve researched have to do with the decline of humor based off of the first film. In this installment there are glimpses of the off-hand humor that people seemed to love from the first but because Shrek Forever After takes place, basically back at the beginning, we have to suffer through introductions again, and while some of it is chuckle inducing its just slow going.

Lastly you have to scratch your head, rub your chin, do whatever you do when having a hmmm moment and ask yourself if this film was poorly written simply to attach an already established franchise to the new 3D craze? Like Avatar the film isn’t necessarily 3D as in things popping out at you. Sadly the advertisement for the company that provides the 3D technology has more wow power then the entirety of the film. Instead what you get is a deeper image going into the screen then out. So the big question. Can you love a movie that you’ve seen before as a live action feature (come on Avatar was simply Dances With Wolves) that’s been animated and slapped with a fresh coat of 3D paint? Honestly I couldn’t stop thinking about either taking a nap or walking out of the picture all together. Its pictures like this that really make you wonder if we are genuinely entertained or if we’ve just lowered our expectations in this current drought of originality coming from Hollywood?     

AJ Garcia
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