The latest SHREK entry is surprisingly good aside from some flaws.

Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderes reunite for the last time in the best Shrek movie since the first one, Shrek Forever After.
In the city of Far Far Away, Shrek (Myers) is adored by the public and loved by his friends, Donkey (Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Banderes), and family, including his wife Fiona (Diaz) and his three little kids. However, he is not happy as he misses scaring the living pants off people. When he has a public meltdown at one of his children’s birthday party, he runs off to clear his head and meets Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) who offers his a deal where he can relive his days as a single ogre. Shrek takes the deal and enjoys it at first by terrorizing a local village, but he realized that he made a mistake where he finds out that he is an alternated universe where Rumpelstiltskin is the king of Far Far Away and everyone of his friends that not know who he is. It is up to Shrek and his friends to find a way to reverse the deal he made and return to his normal life.
I have to tell you that my expectations for this movie was low as I thought it was going to be the same as the past two sequels with a lot of pop music and pop culture references that would make these movies “hip”. However, the story is very strong and relatable to any parent or married couple who watches this when Shrek wishes he was single again.
The best part of the movie is seeing the alternate versions of Fiona, Donkey and the Gingerbread Man. However, the character that steals the scene the most is Puss in Boots as a pampered, obese and lazy cat.
Shrek Forever After is also offered in three-dimensions in movie theaters. The 3D element enhances the animation in the movie and adds depth to certain sequences that include Shrek riding on a runaway flying broom in a palace.
While the movie is good in most areas, there are some flaws that keep this movie from being one of the best animation movies of the year. There is no doubt that the story is good, but the last 15 minutes that includes the big climactic fight scene is really disappointing as Shrek Forever After seems go out with a fizzle instead of a bang.
The new characters to this fourth entry of the Shrek franchise include witches and new ogres never really do anything for the story except being character to fill the background. When I look as the credits to see that Jon Hamm and Jane Lynch played the characters Brogan and Gretched, I was expecting more from those two actors. They might as well be named Ogre #1 and Ogre #2 for all I know.
However, Walt Dohrn really does a better job as Rumplestiltskin. He is kind of unique character with a Napoleon complex, his big-toothed pet duck at his side and a variety of wigs that expresses his emotions.
Shrek Forever After is a complete surprise as it carries a strong story, new versions of old characters and 3D element that enhances certain sequences, but the flaws are visible with the disappointing final act of the movie and new characters that are just filler for the background.
SHREK FOREVER AFTER: 3.5 out of 5 stars


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