Movie Review: Shrek Forever After

When I heard this movie was coming out, I was like, “Another one?” This is the fourth movie in the Shrek series, the previous films being Shrek, Shrek 2, and Shrek the Third. I didn’t expect it to be good, because most sequels can never match up to the first movie. But, this one definitely met up to my standards.

The story begins with the King (John Cleese) and Queen (Julie Andrews) begging Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) to help them lift their daughter’s curse in exchange for the Far Far Away kingdom. Rumpelstiltskin is ecstatic — he has always wanted to rule his own empire. But right before the King signs the magical contract, a messenger rushes in to say that Fiona (Cameron Diaz) has been rescued. Forgetting completely about Rumpelstiltskin, the King and Queen rejoice.

Fast forward to the present. Shrek (Mike Myers) is a busy dad in a family of five. Every day

Shrek at dinner with his family...

seems like the same, and he feels, well, very un-ogre-ish. After all, what kind of ogre, instead of creating fear in the villagers he meets, causes them to pull out their pitchforks and ask him to sign them? And what kind of ogre has his swamp as a tourist hotspot? And what kind of ogre actually has, *shudder*, responsibilities?

At his kids’ first birthday party, in a fit of temper, Shrek storms out and shouts to Fiona that he had wishes that he never rescued

Rumpelstiltskin talking Shrek into signing the "Ogre-For-A-Day" contract.

her. On the way home, Shrek meets up with Rumpelstiltskin, who talks him into signing a magical contract called “Ogre for a Day”. However, the contract spins Shrek into an alternate world where Rumpelstiltskin is king, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) is a cart-tow-er, Gingy is a gladiator, Puss (Antonio Banderas) is fat, and Fiona is the leader of the rebellious force of ogres. Worst of all, none of them recognize him…because he never existed.

My favorite character, Puss in Boots, gone soft in this movie.

Shrek has one day to fix his mistake before his world, as he knows it, will be out of his grasp. Can he do it?

From this movie, you can learn a very important lesson — never take anything for granted.

Overall, I thought this movie’s plot was very original. It was humorous as well as entertaining, taking in aspects of characters from different fairy tales known universally (such as Pinocchio). Just came out in DVD in fact, so another good movie for Family Movie Night. 😀

4/5 stars. Enjoy!

You can watch the trailer on Youtube here.

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