Shrek Forever After

Shrek Forever After

After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.--©Official Site 2.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
Shrek Forever After

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Certificate PG
Genre Family / Children
Director Mike Mitchell
Cast Antonio Banderas, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Justin Timberlake Cameron Diaz
Studio Paramount Pictures
Release Date July 2010
Running Time 93 mins
 

After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.--©Official Site

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Reviews

Empire Magazine

James White

Director Mike Mitchell and his team focus on characters over strings of sight gags and dial back on stunt casting...DreamWorks could be entering a period of fresh creativity. With How To Train Your Dragon and a balanced, darker-hued and very funny Shrek finale, they’ve found the magic again.

05/07/2010

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The Times

Kate Muir

Shrek may be a kids’ film, but it is a better and faster-moving 90 minutes than any football game I’ve seen recently.

02/07/2010

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

The bumps, when they come, tend to be battles that rage on too long, or the occasional heavy hand on the allusion front — water and witches, oh my — but for the most part the screenwriters never lose sight of the moral of this story: Whatever else gets tossed into the mix, Shrek must be the heart and soul. In this, Myers is a master; he makes it seem easy being green.

21/05/2010

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Time Out

Anna Smith

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01/07/2010

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

This lacks the laughs, the irreverence and the inventiveness of the first two, but has just enough charm and big action — showing off its 3D splendours — to enthral.

04/07/2010

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Total Film

Tony Horkins

It’s not that Shrek doesn’t visually sparkle, but a combination of familiarity and predictability breed the seeds of indifference.

17/06/2010

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The Financial Times

Leo Robson

Wherever the previous three films may have fallen short, you could at least rely on a constant stream of puns, anachronisms and in-jokes. The new film is so heavy on plot and light on gags that we start pining for lost pleasures...But the film is engaging enough, due to a narrative gimmick that makes the old ground new again.

30/06/2010

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Shrek Forever After, in 3D, is a good-natured family comedy, an adventure conducted at a rather leisurely pace. The end of the franchise road seems to have taken the pressure off, inducing a relaxed feel, reminding you pleasantly, if faintly, what was so great about the first film.

01/07/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

While these twists of characterisation are well-handled, and the pacing of the story is spot-on, there is not the joyful verve that drove along the early Shrek.

02/07/2010

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The New York Times

Stephen Holden

Because this you-don’t-know-what-you-have-till-it’s-gone allegory is so familiar, “Shrek Forever After” feels a bit tired at its core... That said, “Shrek Forever After” adroitly camouflages its fatigue with the usual blizzard of wisecracks, pop-culture references and sight gags.

21/05/2010

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The Observer

Jason Solomons

Even kids will know that this isn't as good as the first one.

04/07/2010

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The Spectator

Deborah Ross

This Shrek has no heart or comic zing or propulsive wit.

03/07/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

Some cute details - Rumpelstiltskin’s fondness for cupcakes, Puss In Boots shown as a fat moggy unable to get into his breeches - don’t make up for the tedious farting gags, uninspired banter and slack action sequences.

01/07/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

The low point is the script's preoccupation with the travails of fatherhood, which will be bafflingly irrelevant to its target audience.

04/07/2010

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Variety

John Anderson

The reputed swan song for the series and its first entry in 3D, pic contains a respectable number of laughs, but also borrows its storyline from the oft-recycled "It's a Wonderful Life," and if that's all its creators can do, it's best to put Far Far Away far far away.

22/04/2010

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The Daily Mail

Christopher Tookey

Not as hopeless as Shrek The Third but nowhere near as lively as Shreks 1 and 2, Shrek Forever After is an amiable but underpowered conclusion to a franchise that ran out of comic ideas six years ago. It is time to lay this ogre to rest.

02/07/2010

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