Below is the unedited version of the review published in iMAGES on the 30th of May 2010
Shrek Forever and After
By Farheen Jawaid
The loveable green ogre with a Scottish brogue, mean temper and a heart mushy as his backyard swamp comes out for the fourth and supposedly the last time in “Shrek Forever After". Not that surprising after the awful “Shrek the Third”, which made the franchise take a nosedive, was a little too much to recover from and one can easily say that the idea–well for the magical fairytale land of “Shrek” was going dry.
Story wise this one isn’t original and wisecracking goofy fun as the first two “Shrek” movies, taking the plot from the pages of “It’s A Wonderful Life”, Shrek (again delightfully voiced by Mike Myers) wakes up to his and Fiona’s – the princess he saved three movies and about nine years ago, voiced by Cameron Diaz – three howling ogre babies who came at the end of “Shrek the Third”. The uneventful and endless days of nappy changing, friends barging in his house uninvited and the daily tour ride of his swamp, takes a toll on the ogre going through a midlife crisis.
Craving for the good old days of mud baths in the swamp and instilling terror in the hearts of the town people,” Shrek” gets the chance to relive it all for a single day from the crestfallen Rumpelstiltskin (voiced by Walt Dohrn) looking like another version of Lord Ferquard the nefarious short villain from the “Shrek”. As in the old Brother Grimm’s fairytale Rumpelstiltskin only makes deals in exchange with a hidden clause. He asks nothing more than a day, for a day and with a little word play and bam! cut to a world without Shrek ever being born. Fiona is the hard core revolutionary leader for the ogres, the Puss (Antonio Banderas) is a tame pudgy pampered house pet and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) is the all purpose mule to the creepy witches of Rumpelstiltskin – who by the way are true ringers of wicked witch of the west from The Wizard of Oz.
The adventure is about the re–wooing of Fiona, who has stopped believing in true love a long time ago and true to the idea of fairytale a true love’s kiss can break Rumpelstiltskin magic. This alternate world may sound cheesy but its works to point of being enjoyable and a worth watch.
The characters are older and more mature and abundant comic jabs from the last three “Shreks” are missing. This “Shrek” is more about action/adventure then trademark parodies of fairytale character. Besides the Rumpelstiltskin, Pied Piper of Hamlin and the Witches there is almost no poking fun at the old classics. It’s still good family fun and definitely better then “Shrek the Third”. After Shrek Ever After I wouldn’t mind another sequel. Well, at least Puss in Boots spin off is in works.
Rated PG for cartoonish ogre violence and a prerequisite family ending.
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