Shrek Forever After hits theaters today!
In the last movie, Shrek turned down the throne and the family left the Kingdom of Far Far Away to head back to their ogre lair. Once back home, Shrek quickly tires of the responsibilities of domestic life and makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to regain his bachelorhood.
This is where the fun begins. Will they get their happily ever after?
Babble.com’s review of the movie points out how Shrek has always broken down fairy tale myths. Says Erin Milvy, “In Shrek 1, it was the ogre — not the prince — who saves the princess. Love wasn’t at first sight, “happily ever after” entailed substance over beauty, and sometimes Prince Charming can actually be a jerk — all important life lessons. In this installment, with Shrek AWOL, Fiona saves herself, and as the uber-warrior mommy ogress battling the corrupt Rumpelstiltskin regime, she can rope up a dragon with the same finesse she shows when swaddling a baby.”
It sounds like an excellent plot, but is it any good? Critics are mostly underwhelmed. Here’s a round-up of reviews and well…it’s no where near the level of Pooty Tang, but they’re not great:
–Babble.com:“This Mike Mitchell-directed Shrek Forever After serves up ample sight gags and one-liners but it’s a little less hilarious than Shrek 1 and 2. (Three was a low point.) Many of the most enjoyable villains from Shreks past are gone — John Lithgow’s snively Lord Farquaad, Rupert Everett’s smarmy Prince Charming and my personal favorite: Jennifer Saunders’s duplicitous Fairy Godmother, the queen of meddling mothering. Forever After’s new characters are less thrilling.”
–Washington Post:“After a disappointing third outing, this Shrek brings the cycle of fairy-tale-themed films to a fine finish.”
–Chicago Sun Times:“While “Shrek Forever After” is an improvement over “Shrek the Third” and does provide a good dose of solid entertainment, you come away feeling this is a good place to wrap things up with this franchise.”
–New York Post:“After the frantic spurt of fairy-tale allusions and jokes in the first three Shreks, this one inches along with a few mostly pointless action scenes and the occasional mild pun.”
–Entertainment Weekly: “Everyone involved fulfills his or her job requirements adequately. But the magic is gone, and Shrek Forever After is no longer an ogre phenomenon to reckon with. Instead, it’s a Hot Swamp Time Machine.”
–TIME: “Can an ogre jump a shark? I think so.”
–USA Today:“In the fourth and ostensibly final installment, Shrek and company still have some appeal, but the energy is lacking and the fun feels forced.”