Shrek Forever After


Shrek Forever After

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Shrek Forever After is a movie that  retains the same, consistent tone that is held throughout its series. It has the same toilet humor laughs, childish appeal, and a heaping portion of DreamWorks magic to create a universal appeal – beyond age and gender. The Shrek series has just about something for everybody – the princess in distress for the avid Disney fans, the fearless Ogre and all the chaos that entails his very existence for the action-adventure lovers, and lots and lots of comedy. It’s a fairy tale, an old time adventure, and a bundle of laughs – and The Final Chapter is no exception. A movie fun for the whole family, with no strings attached except for the fee to rent or purchase it. Though if you think this movie is the end of the series – you haven’t heard about the upcoming Puss in Boots, which you can find information on at the end of this review.

Shrek (film series)

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Shrek Forever After was a surprisingly toned down movie – by which I mean, a bit less of the usually breakneck-pace of  toilet humor, and a greater family appeal. Shrek Forever After takes on a fairy-tale, moral-of-the-story attitude this time around, with humor to lighten the mood in an otherwise melancholy tale. Its a movie without the typical feel of blockbusters – it’s something pretty innocent which the whole family can watch and enjoy without having to worry about questionable content. It’s a breath of fresh air in the midst of a literary and Hollywood focus on things that may be deep, and emotionally compromising in ways that may challenge positive attitudes and rather bog you down. There are, however, movies like Shrek Forever After, and others by DreamWorks, Disney, and the like – which are fun to watch, and pleasant in contemplation.

The Plot

It’s your typical Ogre day taking care of the kids, overseeing a donkey-dragon crossbreed play-date, and sharing fairy tales with a talking cat and your friend donkey at least for Shrek anyways.

The problem is, the daily routine is getting boring. Why couldn’t things go back to the way the were? This is Shrek’s dilemma. No longer is he the villager’s worst fear – but rather a tourist attraction. Not even a peaceful mud bath! One thing leads to another, and this aggravated Ogre finds himself at the end of his line. After an angry outburst at his children’s birthday, following the smashing of the remaining cake (after the pigs had eaten the first one), and an argument  with Fiona – the day doesn’t seem like it could get any worse. Or could it?

Primary Plot Details [and Potential Spoilers] Follow…

Shrek, emotionally compromised, somehow finds himself face-to-face with Rumpelstiltskin, the evil fairytale mastermind whose plans had gone awry when Shrek saved Fiona. Seeing a chance for revenge, Rumpelstiltskin convinces Shrek to sign a magical contract, which he claims will give him a day as he used to have it. The villagers running in fear, relaxing mud baths, owing time to no one but himself – the good old days. All in exchange for one day of Shrek’s life to trade with Rumpel. Still fuming from his confrontation with Fiona, Shrek signs the contract and in the next instant, finds himself transported into a familiar, and much missed world where all his dreams are practically a reality. His old life is back… but is that such a good thing? Soon he finds out that Fiona was never rescued from the castle, she knows nothing of him, and she’s wanted by the evil dictator of Far Far Away, Rumpelstiltskin! Moreover, after being captured by witches loyal to the new kingdom (then escaping), Shrek learns that the day that he traded Rumpelstiltskin for the current reality, was the day of his birth, and that if he doesn’t find a remedy he will soon disappear from existence. Shrek enlists the help of Donkey (who has no idea who he is, but tags along anyways… after lengthy persuasion) and discovers, surprisingly by Donkey’s origami expertise, that he can be returned to his reality if he receives true love’s kiss. With this in mind, Shrek sets out to find Fiona, and instead finds the Ogre resistance (against Rumpelstiltskin’s kingdom) headed by Fiona. Will Shrek succeed in winning Fiona’s love and returning to his reality? Or will he disappear forever? I think anyone who is familiar with the series can formulate a good portion of the ending.

Conclusion

The movie series (and this particular film in particular) comes highly recommended, unless you’re the type of movie-goer who strictly watches films such as Inception, and other deeply serious psychological thrillers. It’s a nice, decent family movie – and even though it entails some childish humor, it may even get a few laughs out of otherwise stoic audiences.

Upcoming Films [ 12 ]

Puss in Boots (Shrek)

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→ Puss In Boots [In Theaters November 4, 2011]

Alternatively entitled Puss in Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer the title speaks volumes. The story follows the personal escapades of Puss in Boots, on of the most beloved and unique characters in the Shrek series – and I’d suppose he hunts Ogres… just going out on a limb there. With Antonio Banderas reprising his role as Puss, the film would appear most promising – what’s more entertaining than a cat with both the style and abilities of Zorro (also played by Antonio)?

Kung Fu Panda film poster, with Po in the middle.

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Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom [In Theaters May 27, 2011]

It’s the return of everyone’s favorite Kung-Fu fighting panda, Po! Now that he’s an epic Kung-Fu master, and not to mention the Dragon Warrior, Po is full of confidence and sure to be raring for another adventure. Though the praise of the townspeople and relaxation must wait – for a new threat, a sinister King peacock by the name of Lord Shen, has entered the scene! With the help of Sensei Shifu, the Furious Five, and a new [to the series] elite Kung Fu team, will Po succeed in defeating Shen? Or has he finally met his match?

 


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About Zechariah Barrett

Greetings! Jambo! Hola ! 你好 ! Bonjour ! Hallo ! Привет ! Buongiorno ! こんにちは ! Thanks for checking out my profile. I'm Zechariah, an author, photographer, graphics designer, language learner, techie... I'll stop there for now. One more thing. I'm also a Christian. Depending on your life experience, that may mean different things to you. I want to assure you, however, that I don't subscribe to all the prevailing views. I don't subscribe to hate. I don't engage in party politics. I both care about a robust economy as well as the environment and social issues. I want to truly live my life by the Spirit of Christ, and that entails loving others and caring for this world. That's how I'm different. I'm not here to cast judgmental glances or make you feel like trash. My heart is to help others, and I hope that shows in all that I do. I also want to have a discussion. Not a debate, not an argument. I want to engage with my readers and viewers regardless of our differences, and then start a conversation. Let's make this world a better place. Together.

Posted on 02/02/2011, in Adventure Writer Favorite, All-Things-Reviews, Movie Reviews, Post-A-Day {2011} and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Sweet blog!

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