Review: Shrek Forever After

Fiona, Shrek and the little ones constitute a happy ogre family in Shrek Forever After.

Farewell ogre, you are a rock star!

Shrek Forever After or Shrek 4 (PG)

Director: Mike Mitchell

Voiced by: Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey), Cameron Diaz (Fiona), Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots) and Walt Dohrn (Rumpelstiltskin)

Genre: Animated Fantasy Adventure

Rating: **

Shrek 4 is not at all necessary. The film lacks the magic of the previous films and the filmmakers have felt that 3D would be an excuse. But, 3D is just another eyesore. However, the animation is terrific. The movie is rich in colors and this is not a Pixar creation. Shrek and the sequels hail from Dreamworks. Shrek the Third already had the ends met and I felt there was no need for another sequel. With bad vibes that Shrek 4 might not stand up to its predecessors, I wore the 3D glasses expecting the ogre to reach out to me. However, Shrek 4 becomes a no-brainer sequel.

The first 45 minutes are dull. We witness the ogre’s midlife issues as he’s bored on raising a family and becoming an ogre people love rather than the one people fear. He spoils his kid’s birthday party and walks into a trap set by Rumpelstiltskin. He signs a contract and is transported to the past, the past where ogres were feared. But, here is a different looking Far Far Away. It’s ruled by Stiltskin and he has taken his revenge on Shrek by keeping him in the realm. Shrek decides to fight back and in the process, he bonds with Donkey and Fiona again.

The next 45 minutes are entertaining and the film picks pace with the entry of Fiona. But, this is where everyone asks – Is Humor alone enough? What about the story? Much like the predecessors, Shrek 4 is based on fairy tale themes and there are some moments which attract the kid inside you.

Even though this is officially the last Shrek movie, there’s no guarantee the character is retiring. In fact, a spin-off focused on Puss in Boots is already in the work, ensuring a continuation of the incredibly profitable franchise in at least some form. Is Puss a more interesting character than Shrek? At this point, yes, Puss is arguably funny with his innocent expressions bringing the house down, but who knows in another three years? At least the filmmakers have allowed Shrek to depart on a strong note claiming that he’ll live happily forever after.

Shrek 4 becomes yet another mindless entertainer. Go for it if you have been with him throughout the decade. The ogre and his mates are funny creatures and this is a happy farewell.

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