WARNING: SOME SPOILERS BELOW
Back in 1984, a man named Michael Eisner became the CEO of Walt Disney. When joining Disney he also brought along another man named Jeffery Katzenberg. At Disney, Katzenberg ran the animation department and while under his management, Disney made some of the most critically acclaimed animated movies of all time. Some of these include Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast (the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture in 1992), The Lion King, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Eventually in 1994, Frank Wells, Eisner’s second in command, died. Katzenberg offered to replace him, and after being rejected, tried again but harder. Eisner eventually got fed up with it, and force Katzenberg to resign. Enter Steven Spielberg and David Geffen! There the three founded Dreamworks SKG. Katzenberg executed produced a few animated movies, such as Prince of Egypt and Joseph: King of Dreams, but none of them seemed to spark as much interest as Shrek did in 2001.
Shrek was about an ogre who lived goes on a quest to save a princess to get back his land that the king dumped illegal fairy tale creatures. It was a fun parody of the average fairy tale that had great characters, and mixed kid jokes with adult jokes very well. It also has the honor of being the first Best Animated Picture winner, beating out Monsters Inc. and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. It went on to gross $484,000,000 worldwide. Then in 2004, Shrek 2 came out and it was a success both critically, and financially. Then in 2007, Shrek the Third came out. It was, to say the least, an abomination. The film suffered from too many characters, a bad plot, and jokes that would make you cringe. So I wasn’t exactly thrilled when they announced a fourth one. So did the franchise return to form or is this just another way to get more money?
Hi, I’m QBComics, back again reviewing Shrek Forever After. Or at least I think that’s what it’s called. You never know with Dreamwork’s advertising. Shrek Forever After starts off with Shrek raising his kids with his wife Fiona. And raising three babies at once is not easy. Add that to the fact that his swamp is now a tourist attraction, and no one will leave him alone without his “Famous Shrek Roar.” It starts to get to his head. I don’t know about you guys, but I hated this opening. It was loud, obnoxious, and filled with bad jokes. For example, Shrek is throwing a birthday party for his kids and everyone and their mother has to show up. Now I get some characters are a main part of the series, but having he ugly stepsister, he Big Bad Wolf, and the Muffin Man show up isn’t necessary. I also must be the only person on the planet who didn’t like that “Do the roar!” joke. Once or twice would have been fine, but movie thought it would be funny to play it over and over again.
Fortunately, the movie starts to pick up once Shrek meets the villain of the story, Rumpelstiltskin. Rumpel has a bone to pick with Shrek. Before Shrek rescued Fiona, her parents almost signed over the kingdom of Far Far Away to Rumpel in exchange for their daughter’s curse to be lifted. But rights as they are about to sign the deal, news comes in as Shrek has rescued the princess! So Rumpel, now forced to find food in garbage cans, overhears Shrek wanting to feel like a real ogre again. You’ve all heard the plot before. So Rumpel tricks him into signing a contract that gives him a day to be wanted and hated again. Sounds fun, right? Not until Shrek realizes that Rumpel has taken away the day he was born, and the only way to return things back to normal is to (wait for it) kiss one’s true love. If Shrek doesn’t he will disappear in 24 hours. The plot is pretty generic and comes off as What A Wonderful Life but with Shrek.
The writing in this movie isn’t bad, but it certainly isn’t good either. Sometimes I felt the writers showed certain characters just for the heck of it. I personally could have dealt without Gingy being in the film at all, with the exception of the beginning. Some characters that are used by other characters just seem to either be there, or show and leave as soon as possible. Most of the jokes are usually a hit or a miss, but when they hit, they are hilarious. That doesn’t mean the movie is without its moments. Two scenes in particular stand out to me. At one moment Shrek sits down on a log (after attempting to capture Donkey), pulls his daughter’s doll from earlier, and cries. The scene really worked and was one of the strongest emotional moments of the series for me. It was very well done. The other was when Shrek tries to get Fiona to fall in love with him. There they wrestle, laugh, and have a good time. The song that plays during it really works too. You can really feel the connection between the two characters. I also got a couple of laughs at the way Shrek and Fiona fought. I also really liked the bad guy. I would say he was just a fun as Lord Farquad was in the first movie. The finale, although impressive, was a little to cheesy at times, and the ending could be seen coming from a mile away.
I won’t spent too much time on the animation, but is the best in the series. Obviously the animators have years of experience with these characters and technology has improved over the years, but nonetheless it is still pretty impressive. I love the colors used in this movie as well. They chose a darker color scheme, which helps set the mood of the movie.
Overall, Shrek Forever After isn’t bad. While it doesn’t match up to the first two, it is way better than the third. The main characters are used well, but everyone else is wasted. The writing is okay, with the jokes being a hit or a miss. The movie does have its moments especially during the more emotional parts. If you were bored one day and needed something to do I would go see Shrek Forever After. In 2D though, because the 3D didn’t do much for me. So all in all I would give Shrek Forever After a 6.5-7/10