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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

[6.50/10] Shrek Forever After (2010)


Shrek Forever After (2010)

"Shrek Forever After", the fourth and final installment in the series, revolves around, well, Shrek, who has become a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, the now-reluctant ogre agrees to autograph pitch forks. Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all of Rumpelstiltskin's mischief in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love and family. Although the story feels a bit contrived at times, "Shrek Forever After" is certainly a step above its predecessor in terms of visuals and entertainment value, as the film is very slick-looking, sweet and moderately enjoyable. Unfortunately, Shrek himself is just not that funny anymore, and he's probably the least interesting character this time around. Donkey steals the show as he always does, and he provides most of the laughs. Donkey is kind of a 'pleasantly annoying' characer that never fails to engage, as he's bold, hysterically hilarious and full of energy. This final chapter introduces a new villain, Rumpelstiltskin, and he's probably the highlight of "Shrek Forever After" - he may be a little vicious devil, but he's laugh-out-loud hilarious and thoroughly amusing to watch. Fiona is just okay, as she doesn't really stand out this time. Puss in boots also returns and he looks even cutter and funnier than before. Can't comment on the 3D effects, since I saw it in old-fashioned 2D, but I have to admit that the CGI work is top-notch. The animation is very detailed and smoothly done, and they use lots of vivid and saturated colors to make "Shrek Forever After" even more visually-appealing. Plus, all the characters are incredibly well-voiced by the popular actors involved. Predictable and only mildly funny, yet sweet, entertaining and pleasant to watch, "Shrek Forever After" ranks as the third-best installment in the franchise, right behind the original "Shrek" and its first sequel.

6 comments:

Nicole✗✗ said...

Oh you can never go wrong with Shrek!! I don't know what it is but it's always enjoyable.

Nebular said...

Nicole, I couldn't agree more. There's something about Shrek! :)

Jaccstev said...

Even though I'm a little tired of Shrek sequels, I still find Puss in Boots to be awesome :)

Nebular said...

I kinda like puss, but not as much as everyone else does. I also think a particular film about this character is not at all necessary. They are making it anyway :)

"Shrek" is a crowd-pleaser and you can't deny that :) The first film was almost groundbreaking when it came out 9 years ago.

Minoccio said...

I watched it last night, and I liked it, even though I've never been a Shrek fan. My husband, on the other hand, loves the first two movies, and he said that this one was just "ok".

Nebular said...

I absolutely love the first two installments. The third film however was a huge disappointment. This one falls somewhere in between. I would replace "okay" with "decent" though.

Thanks for the comment. Oh, and you have a lovely blog, Svatlana!:)