Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shrek Forever After

This movie was a big surprise for me. I had heard several people say that it was better than Shrek the Third, which was a positive thing to hear since that film was very forgettable. But I was skeptical nonetheless. The commercials had looked quite funny, but then again, so did the previews for Shrek the Third. So I finally watched this one and... it was very good.
I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this movie. The creators of the film made some very smart decisions with this film and it made for a very fun and enjoyable watch. I think that this actually might be my favorite Shrek film.
In this film, Shrek is feeling overwhelmed by the monotonous duties and demands of fatherhood and celebrity-hood. The conniving Rumpelstiltskin offers Shrek the chance to relive the past and, thinking it's a harmless deal, Shrek signs a contract and is flung into an alternate reality where he is once again a feared and horrible ogre.
As the Shrek film series has progressed, each film has become more crude and involved more pointless humor than it's predecessor. So, naturally, one would think that this film would be the most crude and most adult of the franchise. But it's not. The filmmakers decided to step away from the crude humor and focus their efforts on the story and the character development. The story plays off the idea of "You don't know what you have until it's gone" and we are treated to a very deep and very endearing story. We get to see layers of the characters that we never knew existed and we are actually touched by how charming and sentimental Shrek can actually be. This is very much a love story.
I think the creators did an excellent job of bringing the story full circle and ending the franchise with a very inspiring and moving story. The alternate characters we see in this film really give us a deeper look into the characters we know and love and takes the Shrek storyline to a much more personal level than we've seen before.
The animation is excellent, the voice performances are well done, and the musical score is superb. Good ol' Harry Gregson-Williams. This movie rose far beyond my expectations and was a real treat. Whether you are a Shrek fan or not, I think this is a movie definitely worth seeing.

P.S. - The image in this post is copyrighted by Paramount Pictures.