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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Shrek devotees, 3 July 2010
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This review is from: Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010) [DVD] (DVD)
These are my thoughts on the cinematic release from Dreamworks, as although the DVD has just been released we won't be watching it until Christmas Day. It's a present for our children.

I chose old-fashioned 2D as I'm not a fan of 3D. In terms of technical standards of animation, little if anything broke new ground - it was good without being memorable.

It took a while to make me laugh though. It seemed a little dark and serious, and the overall mood it created wasn't as light-hearted as in earlier episodes. It wasn't just me - the cinema was full (the film was released the previous day) and for about fifteen minutes I realised that I hadn't heard anybody laugh at all, just a quiet chuckle here and there. Then Donkey appeared and after that it was frequently amusing, with he and Puss in Boots having the best lines. The story was good, with Shrek starting out as a popular family man (or should I say, ogre) but missing the good old days when he scared everybody and took his baths in mud pools. After a brief altercation with his wife Fiona, he meets up with Rumplestiltskin and enters into an appealing contract for one day which promises to offer him a brief return to those times he is pining for. It's a trick, however, and everything goes badly wrong, Shrek waking up in a kind of parallel universe where all of the familiar characters exist, but none of them know who he is - including Fiona, who now leads an underground resistance movement of ogres against Rumplestiltskin and his army of witches.

It's no classic, but it's still a welcome addition to the series. My seven-year-old daughter loved it, and can hardly wait to see it again (and again) on DVD - this review will be edited when I have seen what extras it offers but for the moment it remains sealed. It's probably of better value to those who are familiar with the characters, but I would expect that the overwhelming majority of people seeing this will have seen at least one of its predecessors already. This film didn't have to be made, I can understand cynics who accuse its makers of trying to squeeze every last cent out of the franchise, but in all fairness it's a good laugh, there's a decent story underneath and I for one am pleased to have seen it and consider it to be worth buying on DVD.
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