Shrek Forever After
Shrek Forever After, 2010, USA
The first Shrek was a delightful and charming film, but unfortunately the series has gone downhill since then. Shrek Forever After is the worst in a series that, luckily, seems to be over.
Shrek (Mike Myers) is in the midst of a midlife crisis. Every day with his three children and loving wife, Fiona (Cameron Diaz) seems like the last, and he’s revered as a celebrity instead of feared. After a fight with Fiona, Shrek encounters Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) who offers him a day that more closely resembles his past life in exchange for a day of his life. Shrek takes the deal, only to find that he’s been tricked. Neither Fiona or his best friend, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) recognize him, and he must reverse the spell before the day ends or else he will disappear forever.
I had so many issues with this movie, the first being that it spat on established canon within the series. The movie made no sense when compared with events from the past films. It’s like the filmmakers were just looking for an excuse to use an alternate universe and Rumpelstiltskin. Where was Lord Farquaad? Prince Charming? The Fairy Godmother?
There’s also the fact that the film was tremendously lazy. It uses the same jumping off point that the other sequels used: Shrek acting like a jerk. Can we please just have some character growth when it comes to these characters? It’s basically just the other two sequels but set in an alternate universe with more ogres in it.
Admittedly I did smile a few times at the hijinks of some of the supporting characters, but I found Rumpelstiltskin to be an especially annoying villain, and I had no patience for either Shrek or Donkey. Fiona was great, and I liked what they did with her in the alternate universe, but that’s about it.
I ended up recording the movie off the TV so I didn’t end up wasting any money on viewing it. The only cost to me was my time (which is, arguably, a valuable thing). Keep your memories of Shrek untainted and stay far away from Shrek Forever After. And DreamWorks: Please stop milking your franchises dry, and please don’t do this to How to Train Your Dragon, a film that I love dearly.