Shrek Forever After ***


Shrek Forever After” is the final film in the “Shrek” series.  After the lame “Shrek The Third” I was excited at the idea that this franchise might close on a higher note.  What I can say is that this is definitely a fun movie but it is no where near as good as Shrek has been in the past.

The story follows Shrek as he seems to have a mid life crisis.  His life has become domestic.  He wakes up, tends to the screaming kids, gets no time to himself, and worst of all, really misses the days when he could act like an Ogre.  This leads him to Rumplestiltskin, who offers him a single day where he can be a real Ogre, in exchange for a day of his life in return.  Of course Shrek signs without reading the fine print and ends up in an alternate universe where his friends don’t know him and Rumple is king of the land.

This setup leads to some very funny moments and some creative action scenes.  I did not see this in 3D, as I find that format to be really annoying.  I don’t think that I missed out on anything and thoroughly enjoyed by 2D viewing. 

It has been a long time since the original “Shrek” debuted with it’s edgy comedy and amazing animation.  There have been a few sequels and a lot of imitators but nothing has replicated our big green friend.  “Shrek 2” came the closest.  Its sad to see these characters conclude their journey but i’m glad they did it on a higher note.

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