Shrek Movie Review

Life was good. A swamp, some "No Trespassing" signs, and everyone too afraid to bother you. But what's an ogre to do when home sweet swamp becomes a refugee camp for nursery rhyme and fairy tale creatures? If your name is Shrek, you do a deal with the local despot and go on a quest to restore the status quo! A little something involving a princess, a dragon, and mortal danger, more or less.

"Shrek" is an irreverent hero's quest wrapped in a fairy tale with lots of well executed comedy and excellent animation. Our unlikely hero isn't out to get the girl, he's in it purely for his own self interest. Along the way he fesses up to some bad lifestyle choices and risks being hurt to change a better life. Princess Fiona seemingly echo's today's woman. She's more than able to take care of herself but fears she will only be loved for her beauty so she waits for her Prince Charming to rescue her hoping love will overcome a certain skeleton in her closet. Unfortunately, Shrek's deeper exploration of the human condition isn't very.

Don't worry, you don't need to give a damn about that stuff. There's lots of wonderful sight gags, movie references, humour, a bit of truly whacked humour, great tunes and fart jokes. (As much as I'm dying too, I won't give away a single thing.) Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey), Cameron Diaz (Princess Fiona) and John Lithgow (Lord Farquaad) all give wonderful performances. Eddie Murphy's performance of Donkey gets special credit. His character was critical for keeping the story moving and Murphy delivered.

Shrek is a good movie and worth full price if you want to laugh. Unfortunately, though it had the potential it didn't quite make awesome.

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