Shrek the Third

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Shrek The Third --- One more trek to Far, Far, Away with Dreamworks

Jun 16, 2007
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Pros:original cast returns, a few funny moments

Cons:in the end it was dull, unoriginal, re-hashed jokes from prior films, not very good

The Bottom Line: With subject material that could have been much better, this film failed to entertain and simply does not get my recommendation.


It's time to put a fork in this franchise, because it is basically done. The originality of the original film was already starting to wain when it came to the sequel, but now with Shrek The Third the story has lost that feeling of overall enjoyment I had grown accustomed. Back in 2001 when the first Shrek film hit theaters, Dreamworks was unveiling a brand new type of comedic "cartoon" that blended computer animation with the comedically talented voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz. The story was about Shrek (an ogre voiced by Myers) who lived in a swamp, and wanted nothing to do with the outside world. Forced to rescue Princess Fiona (voiced by Diaz) from a dragon-guarded tower, he struck up a friendship that blossomed into love. Along the way he picked up a number of friends including Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (a cat voiced by Antonio Banderas).

After marrying Fiona, Shrek has moved to the land of Far, Far, Away and stands in line to take over the thrown and the kingdom. Shrek The Third picks up with his new father-in-law, King Harold, becoming quite ill and eventually passing away. This leaves Shrek as heir to the thrown, and placing him as King if he chooses to accept the crown. This is of course a lifestyle that he is unaccustomed, and when he discovers that there may be one other relative that could take his place as King, he sets off on a journey to locate this Prince. With Shrek and pals on a search away from the kingdom, the jilted Prince Charming puts together an army to over-throw Far, Far, Away and claim himself to be King. The only people left to defend the kingdom are Princess Fiona and her group of friends composed of Cinderella and Snow White to name a few.

Ultimately this is a tale of responsibility and having the courage or willingness to step up to your own personal responsibilities and put others before your own needs. This is a moral message buried at the heart of the film, and there are expected consequences to Shrek not taking on the role of King, as well as his flaky response to the discovery that Fiona is pregnant. At times though, the message gets bogged down by being hammered home too often with themes that are all too familiar from the first two films. Originality is thrown out the window, and some of the exact same plot devices are used to carry this film for the middle stages. When it actually comes to the end, the enjoyment has left, and the film is left with a half-hazard group of one-liners that all blur together as you leave the theater.

To be honest, I was really frustrated with Shrek The Third because there was still some unexplored territory with these characters that could have been not only funny but interesting to see play out on the big screen. But instead of pursuing those type of things, Shrek 3 degrades itself down to some of the same jokes that have already been used, and several segments that seemed way too long and didn't bring any laughter to the theater. In 2001 Shrek was a fresh idea that was daring to tread where no films had gone before, and along the way poked fun at nearly all of the fairy tales that we all know and love. The originality of the jokes and the take on the stories was simply hilarious. Those efforts need to be applauded, but when it came to Shrek The Third, this film was nothing more than a studios attempt to make more money of a successful franchise. The film beings nothing new to the table, and though there are some funny moments in the story, there are not enough to save this one. This is a rental, and in my opinion only worth purchasing for small children.



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