Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to be an ogre for a day in exchange for one day of Shrek’s life. Rumpelstiltskin picks the day Shrek was born and it changes the world.
Directed by – Mike Mitchell
Written by – Josh Klausner, Darren Lemke
Starring – Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Jon Hamm, John Cleese, Craig Robinson, Walt Dohrn, Jane Lynch, Lake Bell, Kathy Griffin, Mary Kay Place, Kristen Schaal, Meredith Vieira
It was unavoidable. I’ve got 2 kids and they were home for the long weekend. I knew I would end up in the theater watching Shrek. I was looking forward to it actually. Shrek was a good flick and even though I have never seen the third one I figured that the fourth one would be alright. That’s exactly what it wound up being, just alright. It wasn’t very funny and even though the audience was full of little kids, nobody was really laughing. Usually it’s just me that isn’t laughing because I have a heart of coal or something! This flick was pretty serious though and the mood of most of the movie was kind of down. Not at all what I was expecting.
As an animated kids flick it probably succeeds. The kids enjoyed it enough, although nobody was screaming about it all the way home, and the 3D was fun but it was lacking that subtle touch of comedy for adults that I like in my movies. I think I got more laughs from the Toy Story 3 trailer than I did from this movie. I wasn’t looking forward to watching Shrek, the character I mean. I don’t really like Shrek at all. It’s all the other characters that I like seeing. Puss, the Gingerbread Man, Donkey (although he can be a little annoying at times) and those were the highlights of the movie for me but, aside from Donkey obviously, they just weren’t in the movie enough.
It’s too bad those characters weren’t around enough because the Gingerbread Man was hilarious. With Far, Far Away being ruled by Rumpelstiltskin the place is in shambles. This leaves the typically happy characters of the Shrek world in less than perfect times. We find the Gingerbread Man fighting animal crackers as citizens bet on whether he’ll survive. It was freaking hilarious and I wish he had been in the movie more. Shrek spends most of the movie being all whiny and emo trying to win the love of Fiona again. It just wasn’t a very happy film. Of course it has a happy ending, what movie doesn’t really, but the majority of the time is these tear-jerker moments punctuated every so often by a second of comedy that never seemed to hit the mark.
As the trend of 3D continues, this one works well with it. There’s a lot of characters flying around which usually looks impressive in 3D and that part was fun. I’m still sticking to my guns that 3D should only be used in animated movies. It’s the only time it really works well and it is certainly the only time I’ll support it. That’s probably a lot of the lure for a movie like this. It wasn’t really that great a movie but it tops the box office. Start on a long weekend, good idea. Be in 3D, good idea. Take your kids to it, I’m not sure that’s a great idea. I’m probably being hard on it but I just didn’t really enjoy it. I also didn’t see the third Shrek so maybe it’s been on the downswing for a while now and I didn’t realize it.
In the end it kept the kids quiet for a little and didn’t make me want to tear my eyes from my head like Diary of a Wimpy Kid did so it wins there. I just wish the kids would have waited for Toy Story 3 instead of wanting to see this one.
Under the marquee – Will