Shrek Forever After
Voices: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Direction: Mike Mitchell
From captivating to leaden then back again, the fourth and reportedly final chapter in the animated series that began in 2001 does not match the brilliance of the franchise’s first two films. Still, Shrek Forever After is a vast improvement over the second sequel and provides sufficient entertainment for kids and adults alike.
Round 4 reintroduces viewers to the delightful characters who are once again caught in delightful predicaments. This time around, the grumpy green giant named Shrek (whoopingly reprised by Myers) is convinced he’s completely unsuited for the responsibilities of raising a large family.
Tricked by Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn, dubbing the new nemesis), the ogre is transposed to an alternate kingdom where he has not yet met any of his lifelong pals.
Reuniting with his loyal animal companions Donkey (voiced with scene-stealing glee by Eddie Murphy) and Puss-in-Boots (Antonio Banderas), Shrek must now win a kiss from his princess bride-to-be (Diaz) in order to break the spell and make everything right again.
The somewhat slight storyline is propped up by irreverent humour, richly-textured visual design and a couple of finger-snapping song-and-dance interludes. Some amusing subsidiary characters like the Pied Piper are also introduced. Gratifyingly, the 3D effects are vivid.
On the other hand, a message about the joys of parenthood is sought to be conveyed rather heavy-handedly.
Shrek Forever After is recommended for those in the mood for a light-hearted matinee.