Shrek 2 (USA, 2004)
Directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon
Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas
Making a sequel to Shrek was both a complete no-brainer and a cause for great concern. The first film was a huge hit, taking more than eight times its budget at the box office and winning over critics and audiences alike with its intelligent storytelling and witty script. But with the continued success of PIXAR, first with Monsters, Inc. and then Finding Nemo, you would have been within your rights to doubt that any sequel could compete.
Evil Dead 2 - but often it results in tired, formulaic offerings, such as the many straight-to-video sequels produced by Disney.
The Empire Strikes Back, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and The Rescuers Down Under are all examples of this approach working well - and now we can add Shrek 2 to that list.
Cinderella; the Fairy Godmother is more like her Mafia namesake, granting favours in return for power and influence.
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NEXT REVIEW: Shrek the Third (2007)