would have thought that our jolly green ogre, Shrek (Mike Myers), would experience
a midlife crisis? That’s exactly what happens in the fourth
instalment of the franchise. After saving the kingdom of Far Far Away Land, marrying the ogre of his dreams and having
three absolutely adorable ogre babies (which we find out their names
in number 4), Shrek
wishes his life had more meaning which has been caused by a chain of
run of the mill events.
Once despised as a villain and loved as
hero, Shrek has become a tourist destination to visitors of this
kingdom. He believes that he is no longer the ogre he once was and
dreams of simpler times. During the first birthday party for his
three children, he cannot stand the humiliation of what he has
become and wishes that he could go back to the old life he once had.
An ogre with no responsibilities.
is where the nefarious Rumpelstiltskin comes into the picture and
offers Shrek the ability to live one day as the ogre he so wishes to
become. The catch is that Shrek must give up one day of his life, a
day that he would not remember and believing that this deal is too
good to be true, he eagerly signs the deal with the pint sized Rumpelstiltskin. As his wish goes according to plan, Shrek is once
again scaring villagers and causing mayhem in the countryside,
however as his day of frivolities begins to come to a close, he
decides that it is time to go home.
wait… when you make a deal with the devil, there is a price to pay
and Shrek discovers that in his alternate reality, he never rescued
Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from the clutches of the dragon, never befriended
Donkey (Eddie Murphy) or the gained the loyalty of Puss in Boots
(Antonio Banderas). Rather, Rumpelstiltskin now rules the land with an army of witches at his
side and Fiona is a freedom fighter to the ogre population who this
tyrant is attempting to imprison all. Needless to say, it’s time for
Shrek to make things right and man… err… Ogre up to his
responsibilities and learn the moral of his story.
plot is a little darker than most Shrek films but ironically it
works quite well, especially seeing all these characters as
alternate versions of themselves. Donkey is still as funny as ever
and easily enough, both he and Shrek build up their previous
rapport. As Fiona was never rescued from the dragon, her curse still
remains as she attempts to hide this affliction from her other
ogres. This has made her a true girl power Ogre that helps with the
plot of the film. Lastly, we have Puss in Boots, a retired and
overweight hero who is an absolute ball to watch. There are lots of
other cameos in Shrek 4 such as John Cleese as King Harold and Julie
Andrews as the Queen. The yin to Shreks’
yang is of course Rumpelstiltskin who is delightfully played by Walt
Dohrn who really adds another great character to this fun franchise.
though most alternate reality stories involve some Star Trek like
explanation, it actually works quite well in this current movie and
even those who have never seen any Shrek movie will not be
disadvantaged because all movies are explained relatively well to
the viewer. What it will do, is probably force them to watch the
other films, not that this is a band thing. Also, the actors
involved really get into their characters voices quite well and
Murphy and Banderas are a classic!
We thoroughly enjoyed this latest instalment of Shrek
that truly made amends to the previous movie. It may be a little
dark at times but the humour, anecdotes and innuendos is
meticulously crafted that truly made this a treat to watch. And then
you have the IMAX experience with larger than life animation,
vibrant colours and a sound system that would make most rock
concerts blush with envy. The 3D works well but unfortunately
doesn’t jump at you like some other 3D releases but even so, it’s
definitely worth to see on IMAX for the ultimate movie experience.
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