May 25, 2010

Shrek Forever After 3D Review


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Premise:
Shrek is now an aging father begging for his old days free of the monotonous responsibilities of fatherhood, husbandry and being a cuddly village tourist attraction. Shrek finds, or more accurately, is found by the bitter, fast-talking, conniving magical midget with an affinity for geese, wigs and witches, Rumpelstiltskin to sign his life away. Throwing the world into an alternate dimension where Shrek was never born, Shrek has 24 hours to realize what he's lost and bring everything back to how it should be.


Standouts:
Tough as nails warrior Fiona and fat Puss N' Boots is going to please everyone, especially women. Also, some of the fight scenes in this film are absolutely breathtaking, especially in 3D. It's also a crazy experience to find an entire subculture of Ogres in this film, whereas in the others Shrek and Fiona were something of rare outcasts. Negative points that standout about the film are a lack of 3D interaction - some things look more impressive bulgy but you're really not missing anything if you saw this film in 2D. Also there's a great amount in this film's dialog and plot points that are very cliche. Predictability factor through the roof in the majority of this movie, but hey, it's for kids, so it's not like they know the stories yet.


My Highlights:
Shrek and Donkey escaping from Rumpelstiltskin's castle on a broom while being chased by witches, in a semi-Harry Potter quidditch fashion. Also the majority of Puss In Boots' lines are very enjoyable.


Overall Rating:
While highly predictable and not that engaging in the 3D factor, the latter of which I won't detract points from, I'd give this film a solid 3 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 7 1/2 *'s out of 10. I've now seen the entire Shrek franchise, and feel that while the third was the weakest (though still fairly enjoyable) this film doesn't really top Shrek 1 or Shrek 2. A big component I think was missing was Donkey's character was really phoned in. Everyone else in the alternate dimension has some unique character trait that's different - Fiona's a warrior, Puss In Boots in fat and lazy, Pinocchio is a bookstore clerk, and even Gingy is a gladiator. Donkey's entire character can be summed up as "Donkey being Donkey."


When You Should See It:
If you see this film come to a cheap theater, for example we have a Regal Cinema by us here that plays films two or three months after their release for $3.50 a ticket, then the price is worth it for sure. But the 3D definitely isn't. See it in normal 2D if you have to see it before it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray.

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