When his new father-in-law, King Harold falls ill, Shrek is looked at as the heir to the land of Far, Far Away. Not one to give up his beloved swamp, Shrek recruits his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to install the rebellious Artie as the new king. Princess Fiona, however, rallies a band of royal girlfriends to fend off a coup d'etat by the jilted Prince Charming.
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When Fiona's father and King of Far Far Away passes away, the clumsy Shrek becomes the immediate successor of the throne. However, Shrek decides to find the legitimate heir Artie in a distant kingdom with his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to be able return to his beloved house in the swamp with the pregnant Fiona. Meanwhile, the envious and ambitious Prince Charming joins the villains of the fairytales plotting a coup d'état to become the new king. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
During Prince Charming's soliloquy in the alleyway it's possible to see New York City's infamous graffiti artists "Cope2" and "Ja" tags. See more »
In the scene before the play sequence towards the end of the movie, the first shot is a wide shot showing the castle in the background with the path in front of it with Donkey, Puss, the Three Pigs, Pinocchio, Gingy and the Wolf just off to the right. The path is completely empty, and there is no sign of Artie in the shots of the path showing it behind the characters, yet seconds later, Artie suddenly appears on it. See more »
Onward, Chauncey! To the highest room of the tallest tower, where my princess awaits rescue by the handsome Prince Charming!
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During the beginning of the credits, Donkey and Puss dance and sing "Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)" while they and the ogre triplets interact with the actors' names, which are in the shape of sticks, stitched onto stuffed animals, hung from a mobile, etc. See more »
The "year of the sequels" is on us and I go from sequel to sequel lots things are getting clearer to me, I'm finally coming to grasp with the "all-prevalent and many yet to come" SEQUELS.
Broadly speaking there a 4 kinds of sequels.
1)Based on epics where the story is long with lots of characters and stories, these usually have the problem of too much content and are the easiest to handle. (ex star wars, lotr, matrix?).
2)Based on legendary characters and their adventures, these are somewhat more difficult but can always work by changing the plot every time (ex Indiana Jones,die hard,rush hour, ANACONDA, load of B movies like TREMORS).
3)comic book and video game sequels (self explanatory).
4)Exploitation sequels these are the toughest to handle and are as difficult to understand as the title I've given them.Based on the concept of extracting the maximum from a one off concept the got much bigger than anticipated, the original succeeded on multiple factors (Story, character, plot, concept, big action scene etc) which makes making sequels difficult but still lucrative. (Ex SHREK, potc, SPEED,ice age, JURRASIC PARK (multitype but the 3rd and maybe 4th fit here).
This being an exploitation sequel the movie is quite clear.
1)ONly some characters were developed in the original so way to much extra billing has been given to people that were once only side jokes (the loads of fairytale people).
2)The plot is razor thin and weak and the very base on which the first one was made (spoof of the fairy tales) is now lost.
3)The jokes are getting stale (how many ugly ogre, farting and gingerbread jokes can you have?).
4)They had enough content for 1 movie they pulled of a very good second one, that kind of confidence is not good.
5)Demographics take the front seat, adults, teens, fans, children, blacks, whites, etc etc everyone has been taken into account.
Still this movie has its plus points.
1)The main characters are still hilarious and you have lots of funny moments especially from Donkey and Puss in boots who are the stars of the film.
2)The fatherhood track is really really funny.
3)Chilren really seemed to really enjoy this movie although the demographically pleasing content is clearly unsuitable for children.
4)The movie is short and sweet and really funny in pieces, if a dozen teasers were made they would all be funny.
IT HAS BEEN BROADLY ACCEPTED THAT I HAVE THE MENTAL AGE OF A 12 YR OLD AND ME NOT FINDING THE SPARK IN A MOVIE MADE FOR MY AGE GROUP IS A PROBLEM.
The complete package is ordinary at best except if watched with children which pushes it up-to good or even very good.
Watch only if your a fan OR in a very good mood and "SEQUEL PREPARED".
Keep low expectations and you may just meet or exceed them.
-s typical exploitation sequel, LACKS THE SPARK, many jokes are stale.
+/-s puss in boots and donkey given major billing (i like them).
+s funny in pieces (though not as good as a whole), SUPERB GRAPHICS, short and sweet, VERY GOOD FOR CHILDREN.
total 5/10 ( just fell below expectations (after factoring in sequel), with children and correct company may even reach a 7).
PS ANS TO MY QUESTION HOW MANY GINGERBREAD FARTING ETC JOKES CAN YOU HAVE? NOT ENOUGH APPARENTLY THE 4 TH SHREK IS ON ITS WAY.
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