“Shrek Forever After” is the fourth and scheduled to be the last in the saga of the big screens favorite green ogre or will it? While Dreamworks Animation has said it will end the billion dollar box office series, only time will tell.
After all, who could have known how successful “Shrek” would be when it first appeared in 2001. “Shrek 2” in 2004 followed and “Shrek the Third” in 2007.
Now in the once every three-year releases, “Shrek Forever After” makes-up for the weakness of the third film. If the series is truly over, then it is a befitting end.
Once again the familiar characters are back with Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) his wife leading the pack.
We find Shrek making a deal with Runpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn “Mad Men”) to visit another world where he can be a feared ogre again for just one day. But the evil Runpelstiltskin has other plans in mind, including ruling Far Far Away as King forever after.
As everything is turned upside-down, Fiona becomes a rebel warrior to regain that once was and return Shrek from the alternative universe he is now trapped in. “Shrek Forever After” shows us what Shrek’s world would be like if he had never lived.
However, it is up to Shrek to find his wife and make her fall in love with him once more to break the spell.
Joining the story again is Donkey (Eddie Murphy) who works for the witches and Puss (Antonio Banderas) now an overweight house cat. New to the cast is Gretched (Jane Lynch “Glee”), a female ogre, and three witches voiced by Kathy Griffin (“My Life on the D-List”), Meredith Vieira (“The Today Show”) and Kay Place (“Big Love”).
The story and presentation flow smoothly and compliment each other. This is
1 hour and 33 minutes of family fun. Dreamworks has maintained its high standards to the point of disappointment if this is really the last Shrek film.
Director Mike Mitchell and writers Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke have combined to present Shrek in a most enjoyable and interesting tale, second best of the four. In 3-D, some of the scenes were truly mazing but it really does not matter which version you view it.
“Shrek Forever After” is rated “PG” for mild action, some rude humor and brief language, It is an ideal family film that kids five and older will enjoy. Very well done, it receives my second highest rating of “4/J’s-Don’t miss it!”