Movie Review: Shrek the Third
I don’t know what to say about this series anymore.Â This is more of the same with some sort of different story, and whether you give a damn or not may depend on your Shrek fanaticism.Â Shrek the Third has the same tone as the other two films that I’ve always found hard to swallow: one minute being a subversive fairy tale, cracking jokes at the expense of the classic childhood stories and characters, thenÂ actually trying to be sincereÂ the next minute.
AndÂ that “subversive” tone always means that every character is some sort of buffoon.Â Â They take that one character trait and run with it.Â Sleeping Beauty (Cheri Oteri)Â must be a narcoleptic.Â Cinderella (Amy Sedaris)Â is a brainwashed schizo.Â Snow White (Amy Poehler)Â is insufferably vain.Â Rapunzel (Maya Rudolph)Â wears hair extensions.Â And so on.Â These movies write themselves.Â Add healthy doses of poo humor and you’re well on your way to writing a Shrek flick.
In Shrek the Third, theÂ frog king, King Harold (John Cleese), is dying.Â Â The next heir to the throne is Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Shrek (Mike Myers).Â Shrek doesn’t want the job,Â and Harold mentions that there’s another heir, none other than Arthur Pendragon (Justin Timberlake) himself.Â Off on a journey again, Shrek along with Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (AntonioÂ Banderas) mustÂ find theÂ boy who would be king.
But Shrek has other worries.Â Â Fiona is pregnant and he doesn’t think he’d make a great father.Â And it seems that Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) is still a bit peeved about not receiving the throne, he’s been doing a lot of thankless dinner theater,Â so he teams up with a lot of fairy tale losers like Captain Hook (Ian McShane) and others to try toÂ win the kingdom from its rightful owners.
Eventually, Fiona teams with the aforementioned fairy tale princesses, plus the ugly stepsister Doris (Larry King), and mom Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews) in order to save Shrek and bring Arthur to the throne.
I laughed once in this entire feature, mildly chuckled a couple of other times.Â Like I said, I just can’t get with these films’ vibe.Â I’d like a little more layers to the comedy, maybe something I can’t predict.Â There’s a scene with Merlin (Eric Idle) in the film that personifies this series.Â The jokes are tired.Â Without a doubt, I could write a Shrek film tomorrow.Â Give me the money.
And then, don’t get me started on the annoying Pinocchio (Cody Cameron)Â and Gingerbread Man (Conrad Vernon)Â characters.Â If there were characters who didn’t need any limelight, it’s them.
So look, Shrek fans are going to see this no matter how much I argue that it sucks.Â You can’t help what you laugh at as much as I can’t help what I don’t laugh at.Â We will always have toÂ disagree on this.Â I think this series is lame, you guys think it’s the cutting edge.Â I cannot wait for Ratatouille toÂ blow this out of the water.Â Hell, I thinkÂ Surf’s Up is going to be wittier than this.
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