Shrek Forever After (USA, 2010)
Directed by Mike Mitchell
Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas
When the quality of a film series has noticably declined, those responsible for the series often attempt to rectify things with a last-ditch sequel. Many of these last-ditch efforts try to recapture the spirit of the original, both to remind fans of how good the franchise once was and to put memories of the bad apple out of sight and mind. While it sounds like a cynical tactic, it can occasionally be very successful, as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ably demonstrates.
the second Shrek, as well as working as a story artist on the passable Monsters vs. Aliens. But his directorial output has been largely awful, from the schmaltzy Surviving Christmas to the painfully unfunny Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. The relative success of this film is either a stroke of good fortune or a testament to the fact that film is a collaborate medium.
Shrek canon - his love for Fiona, his friendship with Donkey, the taming of Dragon and so on - are restaged without him, creating a sense of unsettling familiarity. To children who are coming to the series for the first time, this will seem like a novel and compelling idea. For adults who have grown up with the series or remember Capra's film, it's more of a pleasant rip-off, lacking the overt sentimentality which for many renders Capra unwatchable.
My Generation' today: you're impressed that the band can still belt it out, but it's also rather tragic to hear a 70-something sing "I hope I die before I get old."
Shrek he was trying to do anything but. While the character dynamic is very predictable, it does become believable enough, so that by the time Shrek's day is up, we really feel for them.
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