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Shrek the Third

May 25, 2010

Director: Chris Muller/Raman Hui 
Writers: Jeffrey Price/Peter S. Seaman/Chris Miller/Aron Warner 
Based on the book by: William Steig
Producers: Aron Warner/Andrew Adamson/Denise Nolan Cascino 
Starring: Mike Myers/Eddie Murphy/Cameron Diaz/Antonio Banderas/Julie Andrews/John Cleese/Rupert Everett/Eric Idle/Justin Timberlake 
Year: 2007
Country: US
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 93 minutes

When Shrek married Fiona the last thing he had in mind was becoming the next King of Far Far Away. But when Shrek’s father-in-law, King Harold, suddenly croaks, that is exactly what he faces. Recruiting Donkey and Puss In Boots for a new quest, Shrek sets out to bring back the rightful heir to the throne. Meanwhile back in the kingdom, Fiona’s jilted Prince Charming storms the city with an army of fairy tale villains to seize the throne. Fiona and a band of princesses must stop him to ensure there will be a kingdom left to rule!

Hey…how’s it goin’?”

The Shrek movies are probably well-known for its charm, humour, wit and originality but does Shrek the Third make a crowd? The story isn’t as good as the first or the second movie but it’s still okay, however it takes longer to get into. The characters are okay but I feel that they’ve lost their charm since the first and second movie, which was what made it so brilliant. This time round, they were funny but not as funny as they were in the first two movies. The cast are perfect for their characters but I feel that it lacked something that the first two movies had. The voice acting was great but there’s something missing from the characters that the first two movies had. The funny scenes weren’t really very funny although there are a few moments that will make you laugh. The writing was mediocre this time round as Shrek the Third loses that sparkle that made Shrek and Shrek 2 such fantastic animated movies.

Shrek the Third is undeniably the worst of the three. Shrek and Shrek 2 were just pure brilliance and it’s a shame that I can’t say the same about this. It’s boring in a couple of parts and the funny scenes aren’t really funny. It had so much potential but it wasn’t used. If there was a movie that didn’t need to be a trilogy, it’s this one. For fans of the first two expecting the third to be just as good, you will be disappointed. Kids will probably love the movie but for adults who were charmed by the first two, chances are that you won’t be charmed by Shrek the Third.

A dramatic drop as far as quality goes for the Shrek series, let’s hope that Shrek Forever After will follow in Shrek and Shrek 2’s path and not down Shrek the Third’s.

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