by Cherszy (@cherszy)
Everybody’s favorite ogre, Shrek, is back with his gang of fairytale characters for another new, and yes, sadly, their last adventure in the last installation of the Shrek series, Shrek Forever After, where they all get warped into a new time frame and Shrek has to battle against time to reverse the spell cast on him.
As funny as this final sequel is, I wouldn’t say it was spectacular. I was expecting more of a grand ending to this fairytale-like story, but what I saw was something more of like a retelling of the previous sequels. I think almost half of the film was just like going back in Shrek history. The latter half wasn’t even able to redeem its magic. It just somehow seemed like an ogre version of Cinderella III: A Twist in Time. And that was a great disappointment to me because I found nothing original about its storyline, given that this is already the last chapter where it’s supposed to leave a very heavy impression on its viewers.
Sure, the story was not at all similar to Cinderella III: A Twist In Time, but the idea of going back through time because of a little twist done by the antagonist [who is usually the person who hates the protagonist the most because of envy] where the hero must find a way to solve that problem [which he/she always is able to] is just the same. The only difference is that in Cinderella, we’re dealing with cartoon people while in Shrek, we’re dealing with fairytale characters, such as pigs, a gingerbread man, Pinocchio, a cat, and a donkey.
But, don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed the film, mainly because it was funny, especially donkey! And the characters were very cute too. Need I mention those big, round eyes of Puss? Or Shrek’s ogre-tastic kids? Or, those donkey-dragon mutant babies of Donkey and his fire-breathing wife?
So, what’s my verdict on the 3D feature on this film? Unnecessary! As in super unnecessary! No scene in the film required 3D glasses to view it well or to appreciate it more. Like the sequels that preceded it, Shrek Forever After was already alright in 2D. No need for other fancy features to cover up the not-so-pretty and the not-so-original concept for the story. We’d notice that anyway.
Overall, I didn’t think it was that horrible. I enjoyed the entertaining parts, and I didn’t find myself bored with the movie. I think they did a pretty good job distributing the hilarious scenes to make the comedy consistent all throughout the duration of the film and to keep the audience attached. But, I personally think that they could have come up with something more creative for the plot, and I felt that the running time was too short.
Shrek’s last show on the silver screen could have been better, really.