After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking deal maker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.
The new Shrek film delivers more laughs. I went into the screening with some trepidation. After all, this is the FOURTH Shrek film. I was concerned they would simply rehash all of the old material from the first three films. And although there are bound to be a few repeat jokes, they are kept fresh and this film is every bit as good as the others and just as funny. This was one which had the kids and the adults laughing out loud. One kid laughed so hard at one scene that the audience began to chuckle more from the kid’s reaction than the scene on the screen. It was contagious.
Shrek becomes overwhelmed with the responsibilities of marriage and being a father and, when he has a moment of longing for his old life, he soon gets it, thanks to a trick played by the cunning Rumpelstiltskin. Funny thing though. As the story moves forward Shrek finds he is missing Fiona and his children. And he goes about learning how he can rejoin his former life with his loved ones as the centerpiece.
There are a few mature jokes and a bit of gross humor, and some violence, resulting in our recommending this movie for ages twelve plus. However, parents should consult our content listing below with care. Some children under twelve will enjoy the movie a lot. In fact, many did the night I saw it. We gladly award our Dove Seal to this upbeat and uproarious film! Shrek has now endured for four films, and just might endure forever after!