5/18/2007

Movie Review: Shrek 3

What the heck happened to Shrek?!?

After a raising the bar with Shrek 2, Shrek 3 falls flat into the swamp where the ogre calls home. The humor is sparse and the story is nowhere the caliber of the previous two movies. This third episode is like watching the X-Files without Fox Mulder--you feel there is something missing.

The main story gets started when The King (John Cleese) gasps his last breath (literally) and appoints an apprehensive Shrek (Mike Myers) to the throne. To add to Shrek's pressures, Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is expecting the pitter-patter of little ogres. This prompts our hero to a journey with Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) to find the rightful heir. And to make matters worse, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) rounds up the fairy tale villains and wrecks havoc on Far, Far Away to get their own taste of a Happy Ending. That part of the story is very similar to, *gasp*, Happily N'ever After.

The animation has definitely improved. The textures of the CG characters are finer and the movement is much more fluid. It's very unfortunate that the improvements cannot mask the weak story and the lack of fresh ideas.

I really think the title should be Shrek 2.5 because I've always known Hollywood to punctuate trilogies with a strong closer.

Rating: 2.5/5

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