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09/17/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Too Much Formula, Not Enough Parody

Shrek- like the Dreamworks CGI film that preceded it, Antz- attempts to target an older audience in comparison to competing companies like Disney and Pixar. And yet, curiously enough, most of Shrek's jokes are just plain childish. Surely the absurd amount of gross-out gags contained within the the first 5 minutes of the film weren't meant to entertain adults, were they? Yes, there is some edgy content that will appeal more to adults, and some humor that kids won't get, but for the most part, nearly everything contained within Shrek is just kids stuff. And pretty weak kids stuff at that.

Shrek is sort of a parody to the classic Disney films, and various fairy-tales. Shrek, an ogre, has his swamp suddenly populated with fairy-tale characters. Furious, Shrek complains to the person ...

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06/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Our titular character (voiced brilliantly by Mike Myers) is a terrifying ogre who just wants to live his days in peace. When the tyrannical Lord Farquaad (voiced by John Lithgow) evicts local fairy tale creatures they settle in the ogre's swamp so Shrek makes a deal with him that if he rescues Princess Fiona, he'll him his swamp back.

A quest of sorts starts for Shrek and his new pal, a talking donkey (played brilliantly by Eddie Murphy), where battles have to be won and a beautiful princess (Cameron Diaz) must be rescued from a fire breathing dragon! We soon find out that Fiona is under a curse that can only be broken by true love kiss. Shrek is an interesting character for he is not your stereotypical hero as he is very unwilling and only going on this quest for a rather selfish rea...

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08/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Shrek review

A film that mixed with popular fairy tale stories and a few moral lessons to boot. Unlike today's dark fairy tale influenced movies, this is fun with a real moral lesson that can be enjoyed by the whole family. This franchise succeeds because of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy's earnest voice-overs and attachment to their respective characters shown on the DVD extras. The humor is really good and the animation is life-like. Adding a few twists to the classic stories brought in a few more laughs. A unique formula that really worked. One of the best lines from the film - Shrek - "Stop singing! Well, it's no wonder you don't have any friends. " Donkey - "Wow! Only a true friend would be that truly honest." Shrek is for repeat viewings and has cool special features on the DVD...

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09/01/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Could've been better than it was

"Shrek" (voiced by Mike Myers) is an ogre who loves the solitude of the swamp in which he lives. However, that solitude is disrupted when the fairy tale creatures in the area are forced into the swamp by "Lord Farquaad" (voiced by John Lithgow), ruler of the nearby "Duloc."

"Shrek," along with a talking donkey named "Donkey" (voiced by Eddie Murphy), goes to complain to "Faarquaad", who sends the two on a quest to save "Princess Fiona" (voiced by Cameron Diaz; singing voice by Renee Sandstrom) lava-protected castle where she is being held against her will by a dragon.

Eventually, the three escape, and it becomes obvious that "Princess Fiona" and "Shrek" are ment to be together. However, "Shrek" wants to live a life of solitude, and "Fiona" is hiding a secret that she is ashamed of.

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07/27/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One of the best animed movies ever

Dreamworks released this movie to amazing fanfare as they took the first big step into a path of movie making that up until this point was dominated by Pixar / Disney. I couldn't get enough of this movie when it came out, and I had to buy it when the DVD hit the market. To be honest when I fist saw the posters for its release, it was coming out at the same time as the Disney release of "Recess: School's Out". Lets just say that neither of them caught my eye until I saw the Shrek trailer, and then I never saw another advertisement for "Recess" again.
Dreamworks took the concept of Pixars movies, and then made them less soft, while it still had the cartoon feel, the textures were far more rich, and the characters were more realistic looking. The soundtrack was awesome, and they pushed the...

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