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Running out of ideas....
on 7 October 2011
We had previously seen the film when it came out at the cinema, and in my opinion, the whole film seemed rather weak compared to the other two films, which had really stong storylines.
After all, what do you do when you can't think of a good idea for a sequel? Erm....How about the two main characters have kids? Disney did it with their straight to video sequels, and it didn't hurt them one bit.
So, to the plot. For anyone not familiar with the story of Shrek, he is an ogre who married a princess called Fiona, who became an ogre herself. Following their previous adventures, Shrek the Third finds them living in Fiona's Parents' Castle in the Kingdom of Far Far Away. Shrek had wanted to return to his beloved swamp, but as the King suddenly takes very ill, Shrek and Fiona have to step in to perform royal duties. Eventually, the king dies, and Shrek and Fiona will be the new rulers of Far Far Away. This does not suit Shrek one bit, as royal life is too much for him to handle. The only other possible heir to the throne is Fiona's cousin Artie (King Arthur). Shrek and his friends Puss in Boots and Donkey go off to find Artie and convince him to take his place as king.
Meanwhile, with the kingdom undefended, the evil Prince Charming sees the perfect chance to take the castle by force and become ruler of the Kingdom. It is up to the Queen, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, as well as pregnant Fiona to fight and defend the castle from Prince Charming and the faiytale villains.
The film has some funny moments, like when Pinocchio is trying to lie to the villains without making his nose grow, but overall, the movie is quite short on laughs and plot. Some of the funniest scenes in the movie are at the end with the baby ogres, when you see how their parents take care of them. There isn't as much action in the film as I would have liked, and too much soppy sentimentality and inward reflection. Kids find too much of that boring.
Visually, the film is faultless, with amazing animation that you would expect from Dreamworks. They are churning out a fourth and supposedly final instalment of the series in June of this year, but I worry that the whole thing has run out of steam.
The DVD is a U rating. As well as the movie, it has some special features such as:
Shrek's guide to parenthood
Merlins magic crystal ball
There is also additional content that can be accessed if you put the disc in a computer.
The film has a running time of 89 minutes.
The voice cast is truly A list, with Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Fiona, Eddie Murphy as Donkey and Antonio Banderas as Puss. Artie is voiced by Justin Timberlake.