Shrek Forever After
Starring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
After an insipid third instalment, the thought of sitting through another Shrek adventure will leave many feeling rather green around the gills. Fortunately, Dreamworks has learnt from its mistakes and, with Shrek Forever After, delivers a film that reminds you why everyone fell for the ugly ogre in the first place.
We catch up with Shrek (Myers) as he is experiencing a midlife crisis. He has a loving wife and good friends but is no longer respected as an ogre.
Enter the devious Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) who cons Shrek into giving up the day he was born, wiping out everything that’s happened since the first film. He then has to befriend Donkey (Murphy) and make Fiona (Diaz) fall for him again. A storyline that mirrors the original film might seem a bit desperate but thanks to some snappy dialogue it works.
Wisely, Donkey and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) have been given more screen time (the pair steal every scene they’re in) while Rumpelstiltskin is a gas as well.
True, the clever pop culture references that made the first two films so good are missing, but this is still a fond farewell to Shrek.
GOOD FOR: Those who want to see Shrek return to form.
Review: Pierre de villiers