Shrek Forever After

Year: 2010
Studio: Paramount
Director: Mike Mitchell
Writer: Josh Klausner/Darren Lemke
Cast: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Jane Lynch

The plot of this fourth (and, we're told, last) Shrek film is eerily similar to that of The Prince Of Perisa - bet some Paramount exec lost their cocaine allowance for that one. Shrek (Myers) and Fiona (Diaz) are happily married with their kids, only to Shrek every day's starting to feel the same and he doesn't feel like the ogre he once was.

He strikes a deal with a nasty villain in Rumpelstiltskin to get one day of how his life used to be in return for a day from his own life, only Rumpelstiltskin tricks him into giving up the day he was born. Shrek finds himself in an alternate universe where Rumpelstiltskin rules the kingdom, his friends don't know him and Fiona's the leader of an ogre resistance.

It's a clever if well worn idea (see everything from Mr Destiny to The Wizard of Oz for the theme of being bored, entering a magic land and discovering that there was no place like home all along), but of course you're not there for the writing - it's all about the gags and the visuals.

We know he characters well enough now to know what to expect and they don't let fans down. It's also well serviced in 3D and you can actually see where they've designed it as such. Shrek the Third wasn't very received but I don't know how much critics expect from a film like this other than a few laughs and some good clean fun.

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