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Movie of the Week

 

As Reviewed By

 

       

Roy Dennard                             Greg Dunn 

 

 

 

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Shrek The Third

 

Roy Dennard - 9 out of 10

Greg Dunn - 8.5 out of 10

 

The summer of the three-quel continues with the third installment of the Shrek franchise and the owners of Disney and Burger King are simply giddy with visions of the mega-bucks they'll make from the tie-ins alone: toys, t-shirts, video games, etc.  It's not about the money, though; it's about making fun movies for the kiddies to enjoy, right?  Rrright!  If you believe that, I've got some swampland for sell.....hey, wait a minute.  Our Shrek lives in a swamp, doesn't he?  And he's the star of at least two fun movies, right?  See?  It is about the kiddies, after all.  Speaking of swamps, you know how our guy Shrek loves his bog and when his father-in-law, King Harold, is close to croaking (he's a frog, get it?), our guy is next in line for the throne of Far, Far Away.  He wants no part of that, mostly because being a king would take him away from his beloved marsh, so he recruits his old buddies, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) to fetch a suitable replacement, the rebellious Artie (Justin Timberlake).  Meanwhile, Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) has to deal with a hostile takeover led by Prince Charming (Rupert Everett), who has mobilized all the fairy tale villains into an army bent on taking over Far, Far Away and claiming their own individual Happily Ever Afters.  On, and one more thing: Shrek is about to be a daddy, albeit reluctantly so.  The sight gags fly fast and furious in this one: Donkey and the Dragon, who fell in love in the first Shrek, are the proud parents of several flying, fire-breathing baby donkeys; The Gingerbread Man gets so frightened that he poops a gumdrop; and Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty form a Disney version of Charlie's Angels to kick the crap out of their enemies, just to name a few.  It was pretty cool to see the 1930s Disney characters with a 2007 spin put on them.  For instance, a down on his luck Prince Charming tries to get a drink at the local watering hole, only to be reminded in no uncertain terms by Captain Hook and the Wicked Witch that sissies need to go elsewhere for their milk and cookies!  This is a far cry from the forest that dear old Bambi grew up in!  And of course, there's the irascible Shrek, who just wants to be left alone to fart, scratch, belch, and do whatever else ogres do in their spare time.  Myers, Murphy, Diaz, Banderas, and newcomer Timberlake (he's everywhere these days, isn't he?) keep the laughs coming for a brisk 80 minutes, leaving us and the aforementioned kiddies no time to get bored.  The familiar cast of crazies combine with the top-notch animation and writing to make Shrek the Third a definite happily ever after, at least until Shrek 4 hits your local movie theater in oh, about three years.

 

 

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