Shrek was a massive box office hit. So much so, that Shrek 2 became one of the most anticipated animation sequels in years. It had a seriously tough act to follow, but when word got out that much the original team had been invited back to produce the goods, expectations were understandably high. More so when several new big name stars joined the cast (including Antonio Bandera, John Cleese, Rupert Everet and Julie Andrews) Add to that was the technological advancements made over the last few years... the extra lighting effects, the subtle changes in skin texture and so on.
And to a degree, these elements all came together quite nicely to produce a highly enjoyable film. Everything definitely seems a little more polished. The animation is crisper, the sequences tighter. The plot is witty and well thought out. The characters are strong - the Fairy godmother is deliciously wicked, Puss in Boots wonderfully portrayed. It is an excellent production.
And yet, despite the added glitz and glamour, despite the added effort, something seemed to be missing. Perhaps it was the hype. Perhaps it was the curse of the sequel. Perhaps it was because the ground it was covering was no longer fresh. Perhaps. Either way, in spite of some excellent voice over performances, most notably from Eddie Murphy, delivered his lines with excellent comedic timing, and some superb sequences, the `meet the parents' scene, for example, the movie failed to reach the heights of its predecessor. Still, when all is said and done, it's definitely worth a watch. We do all, after all, have a right to know what happens to married couples after hearing those ill fated words, `happily ever after'!