The International Writers Magazine: Reviews
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon.
Screenplay: William Steig (Characters)
J. David Stem, Joe Stillman, David N Weiss
2 is already the most popular film of the year beating off Harry
Potter 3 and I wouldnıt be surprised if it doesnıt beat Spiderman
2 as well. We may not know what we like most of the time, but Shrek
certainly hits all the right buttons for moviegoers. However, it
is worth mentioning that a lot of effort has gone into this animated
film to make is as fresh and entertaining as the first one and it
although it can no longer surprise us with its originality, the
sequel does make everyone laugh and there can few higher purposes
in life than that right now.
The story is Meet
The Parents v Prizzi's Honor . Well, OK, maybe not exactly that, but
when Shrek in invited by his brideıs parents to visit them at Far Far
Away they are expecting her to have married a Prince, not an ogre. Shrek
and Fiona take the trip, taking Donkey along, inviting many 'Are we
there yet' jokes. When at last the King and Queen and the people meet
the ogre they are shocked. At dinner, it is very tense indeed. Even
Donkey can see not all is well. The Kingıs reaction is to hire a 'hit
cat' in a pub run by the 'Ugly Sister' to take care of him to pave the
way for Prince Charming to be the husband. The hit cat 'Puss in Boots'
tries his best, but soon sees that he cannot defeat this Ogre and changes
sides. They set out, with Donkey, to discover the real truth about the
Fairy Godmother who has gone corporate in a big way. On the way they
managed to steal a special potion called 'Happily Ever After' and ...well
we wouldnıt want to spoil anything, would we.
Shrek and Fiona Meet the folks
Puss n' Boots looking 'innocent'
Thereıs a lot of
talent having a good time here. John Cleese as the King, Jennifer Saunders
perfectly typecast as the Fairy Godmother, Antonio Banderas as Puss
in Boots, Julie Andrews as the Queen and Rupert Everett as Prince Charming.
Everyone wonderfully cast to good effect. Of course, Mike Myers and
Cameron Diaz are as amazing as ever as Shrek and Princess Fiona, perfectly
pitched alongside Eddie Murphyıs hilarious Donkey. (If only Murphy was
as funny in his own movies.) One highlights from the movie is when the
Three Pigs, Three Blind Mice and Pinocchio come to Shreks rescue in
a spoof of Mission Impossible. Seeing Pinocchio all tied up in knots
is wonderful. But all the way through there are astonishing moments
from other films and fairy stories, always subverting the genre and
making us laugh. Is it for kids or adults? How do they get Donkey's
hair so real, never mind Prince Charming's swaying locks. Well who cares,
it's great. For once in life, this Dreamworks enterprise is for all
of us and if you are in need of a laugh, join the line up and see Shrek
2 this summer yourself.
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