Overall, I enjoyed the movie. It is the right kind of movie to catch after a long day at work and you are looking for something light to round up the day.
My few complains are that the plot is too predictable and there’s no witty fairy tale satirical bits which were prevalent in the first two Shrek movies. The 3D effects were good to have, but did not add much value.
Here’s the movie synopsis via wikipedia (it literally summed up the entire plot in just three paragraphs):
After all of his adventures, Shrek (Mike Myers) has become a domesticated family ogre. Instead of scaring villagers away as he used to, Shrek agrees to autograph pitchforks. Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre”, Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking deal maker, Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn), who offers Shrek a day where everything will be as if his adventures had never happened. Shrek can’t resist the offer- all he wanted was a day off to relax, to be a real ogre again. However, to get a day off, Shrek needs to give up a day from his childhood. However, after signing the contract, Shrek soon discovers he has been tricked: the day that he unwittingly gave away was the one day that was actually important- the day he was born.
Having never existed, Shrek finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where Rumpelstiltskin is now king (because King Harold and Queen Lillian were originally going to give him the kingdom in exchange for him ending Fiona’s curse, but refused after getting news that Shrek had rescued Fiona); ogres are hunted to near-extinction; Donkey (Eddie Murphy) has never met Shrek, is forced into cart-pulling duty and fears him; Gingy (Conrad Vernon) is a gladiator fighting animal crackers; Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) doesn’t know Shrek and has become fat and lazy; and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is an inexplicably hunted ogre who never met (and can’t stand) Shrek, and has become the leader of a band of other hunted ogres. Also Artie Pendragon (Justin Timberlake) has been forced to abdicate the throne for Rumpelstiltskin to become king.
But even though all seems lost, there’s still hope – if Shrek shares “True Love’s Kiss” with Fiona by the sunrise of the next day, the contract he signed will be rendered null and void and the original timeline will be restored. However, Rumplestiltskin will do anything to stop Shrek and solidify his power that he now has.
Here’s the movie trailer:
Shrek Forever After opens in both 3D and normal cinema format from 21 May in Singapore.
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