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Shrek Forever After: Movie Review

Adventure, Comedy, Family, Animation
Rated: PG
Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Starring: Mike Myers, Jane Lynch, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Ryan Seacrest, Kathy Griffin
Released by: DreamWorks Animation

In Short: The final chapter in the “Shrek” fairy tale saga is just as clever and amusing—for both children and adults—as the first three movies were; sadly, this is the last time we’ll see them grace the silver screen.

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Shrek and Co. Take Their Final Funny Bow

The folks at DreamWorks Animation are amazing, at least when it comes to “Shrek.” How do they do it? They’ve made four movies about the lovable green ogre, and hit four home runs, creating witty, clever films every time.

In “Shrek Forever After” (which they insist is the very last chapter in the “Shrek” saga), Shrek, Fiona and their three adorable babies are living happily in the magical woods near Far Far Away. But the ogre side of Shrek is feeling a bit domesticated as the kids’ first birthday approaches, and he mistakenly makes a wish that sends him into a crazy mixed-up alternate universe.

With influences including a little taste of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a soupcon of “The Wizard of Oz” thrown in, and an assortment of classic fairy tales referenced for good measure, “Shrek Forever After” emerges as a very funny, extremely enjoyable romp through Shrek’s life as it could have been, if he had never saved Fiona from the castle with that magical kiss.

Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots in Shrek Forever After Camerion Diaz as Princess Fiona and Mike Myers as Shrek in Shrek Forever After

All the vocal talent is back once again, and all are spot on, as usual. Eddie Murphy keeps Donkey the funniest ass in film, while Antonio Banderas as a gone-to-fat Puss in Boots is absolutely priceless. And of course, Mike Myers as Shrek and Cameron Diaz as Fiona are completely believable as those green giants we all love.

Add in the beautiful animation techniques and fantastic visuals that the talented team at DreamWorks has dreamed up—especially if you see it in 3-D—and the result is a movie that will make you want to stay in your seat and see it all over again right away. “Shrek Forever After” is the final triumph of one of the most amusing animated film adventures ever brought to the silver screen; don’t miss it.


Reviewed by Jenny Peters

(Updated 05/21/10 CT)

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