Those loveable characters from the
Shrek series make their return in "Shrek the Third" which once
again reunites the ogre known as Shrek (Mike Myers), the Donkey
(Eddie Murphy) known as Donkey and Puss in Boots (Anthony
Banderas) to once again save the realm of Far Far Away Land from
the nefarious plans of Prince Charming (Rupert Everett).
story begins in Far Far Away Land where Shrek's father-in-law
King Harold (played by John Cleese) has become ill and can no
longer remain on the throne and he chooses Shrek to replace him.
Unfortunately for Shrek and the citizens of Far Far Away Land,
his duties go horrible wrong and Shrek asks the King if there
are any heirs to the throne beside him. With his dying words,
Harold whispers "Arthur" and this is where Shrek must venture into
the unknown to bring this young king home who happens to be
played by Justin Timberlake.
To compound the situation for
Shrek, he discovers that his wife, Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz)
is pregnant and he is plagued by horrible ogre babies rampaging
through his nightmares. While Shrek is gone, Prince Charming
rounds up a who's who of fairy tale villains to kidnap Fiona and
her princess friends. He then attempts to make himself king of
Far Far Away. Fiona's fellow princesses - Snow White, Beauty,
Cinderella and Rapunzel (played by Amy Poehler, Cheri Oteri, Amy
Sedaris and Maya Rudolph) decide they are above trying to help
themselves and, in Snow White's words, "assume the position,"
standing or lying helpless while they wait to be rescued.
angered and not knowing if anyone will come to save them,
motivates the princesses to fend for themselves and they go
after Charming and his crew in a humorous action sequence set to
Heart's "Barracuda." Meanwhile, Shrek discovers Arthur, or
"Artie" as he prefers to be called, jousting Lancelot at
Worcestershire Academy. Artie is an awkward teen who gets picked
on a lot and is anything but kingly.
Shrek finds in Artie a
kindred spirit, as he too was picked on and tells him to ignore
the names people call him and just trust who he is. The message
in Shrek the Third is "be yourself," and while that's been done
many times in movies before, it is done to good effect here.
Merlin (played by Eric Idle), a past-his-prime wizard turned
magic teacher, casts a spell to send Shrek, Donkey, Puss in
Boots, and Artie back to Far Far Away where they battle Prince
Charming to save the princesses and the kingdom.
Although not as entertaining as the
original two movies, children will still enjoy this current
incarnation of the series as will some adults with the innuendo
and sometimes adult orientated humour that is littered
throughout the title. Presented in glorious 16:9 widescreen with
Dolby Digital 5.1, the animation is amazing as are the sound
effects and musical score that make this a great movie on a
Plasma or LCD television. The title also contains a plethora of
extras which is worth every penny!
Shrek's Guide To Parenthood
Meet The Cast of Shrek The Third
Lost Scenes of Shrek - The Fauxly
Grail pitched by Dave Smith, Hot
Lunch pitched by Peter Ramsey and
Cyrano De Artie pitched by Walt
Worchestershire Academy Yearbook -
class photos, bios and quotes from
Merlin's Magic Crystal Ball
Shrek-tivities including Learn The
Donkey Dance and PSA with Donkey
To Be Green - kids focussed fun
presentation of the simple ways to
'be green' to promote environmental
DVD-Rom Website Game Archive
Printables include Colouring Book
pages, Guide to Parenthood, Ogre
Yoga, Games and How To Be Green