Shrek (2001)


Movie Review

Directed by: Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow

Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) hates fairytale characters.  He hates them so much that he banishes them to the swamplands.  Unfortunately, Shrek (Mike Myers), a not-so-jolly green ogre, has a nice comfortable living arrangement in the swamp and doesn’t like his new roommates who include Pinocchio (Cody Cameron), the Three Little Pigs (Cameron), and Donkey (Eddie Murphy).  Shrek and Donkey decide to confront Lord Farquaad about this so that Shrek can reclaim the swamp.  When they do, it becomes a game of quid pro quo.  Farquaad needs to marry a princess so that he can become king of the land.  He chooses to marry Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) who must be rescued from a tower.  Shrek wins a tournament at Farquaad’s palace and earns the right to rescue Fiona.  However, he will only do so if Farquaad will allow the fairytale characters to leave his swamp.

Shrek heralded the birth of a new era in animated film, one in which films were made for both kids and their parents.  While the kids laugh at the obvious stuff, the parents appreciate the subtle jokes more suited to people old enough to have a few sips of the good stuff at the bar. With the likes of Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers, Shrek is one hilarious film that won’t let you down. This satire of all things fairytale gets a sober rating.



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