Review - Shrek Forever After (3D)

Shrek Forever After (2010), PG, 93 minutes - The fourth and supposedly final installment in the Shrek franchise focuses on Shrek's life after the events of Shrek the Third. On the day of his children's first birthday we find Shrek having a bit of a mid-life crisis. He loves his family but misses the days when he could do what he wanted, when he wanted, and not be interrupted or distracted. Enter Rumpelstiltskin. He offers to trade Shrek one day like the day he craves so much in exchange for one day from Shrek's childhood that he can't even remember. Shrek thinks this is a good deal and signs Rumpelstiltskin's contract. He then falls into an alternate universe where he never married Fiona, doesn't know Donkey, and can go about his life as a scary old ogre.

As one can imagine, Rumpelstiltskin's deal wasn't on the up and up. Shrek quickly learns that he's been duped and has until the end of the day to trigger the contract's exit clause or else the reality he finds himself in will become permanent and he will vanish.

I liked the idea of Shrek's mid-life crisis and Rumpelstiltskin being the villain this time around, but Shrek Forever After just doesn't hold up compared to the previous three installments. The animation and voice acting are great as always (it was OK in 3D but nothing amazing), but the script doesn't live up to expectations (which are admittedly high after the success of the first three films).

All of the main characters/voice actors return (Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas) and Shrek Forever After provides a nice end to the Shrek storyline, I just think that it could have been executed a bit better.


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