Film Fans agree: 'Shrek' is fun and entertaining

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3 stars out of 3

“Shrek Forever After” was complex in its development to engage adults, simple enough to keep the younger crowd entertained and a return to the original story.

The premise is although Shrek has a great life, he feels something is missing. A new character, Rumpelstiltskin (voiced by Walt Dohrn), offers Shrek a trade of a day Shrek can do anything he wants — pre-Fiona, pre-family man, pre-tamed ogre and quickly tricks Shrek into giving him the day he was born, meaning Shrek never existed. Shrek initially enjoys the carefree ogre bachelor lifestyle, but realizes without his loved ones, beloved Fiona, his children and his best friend Donkey, his life lacks meaning and purpose.

I enjoyed more character development of Fiona, and liked the return of familiar characters: Puss ’n Boots, who resembles a bloated Garfield; Three Blind Mice; the Gingerbread Man (who had several amusing parts, including a “Gladiator” skit where he battles a box of animal crackers). This would have been the perfect opportunity to expound on the friendship between Shrek and Donkey, but they missed the mark by using Donkey primarily for gags. Since Rumpel was an integral component of the storyline, by not selecting a more recognizable actor for his character, this was a blaring omission. Rainn Wilson would have been an excellent choice as a funnier and more believable Rumpelstiltskin than Dohrn.

Overall this was a good return to the original story and was very pleasurable.

— Myra Simons, Buford

3 stars out of 3

The final chapter was a good movie but it was very identical to the other three. Halfway through the movie you could pretty much guess what was going to happen at the end. The 3-D is just as good as the movie without the 3-D. The movie was still just a another animated love story. I was happy to hear that this was the last one. I think that this was the best way to end the “Shrek” franchise.

— Bryce J. Wright, Lawrenceville

3 stars out of 3

This last chapter of the “Shrek” series movie was fun and entertaining. Shrek has been tricked into making a deal by the evil Rumpelstiltskin that changes his life, and he later comes to find out what really matters to him and what he really wants. I especially enjoyed Fiona’s character (voiced by Cameron Diaz) and Eddie Murphy’s Donkey character made us laugh. The soundtrack was also fun as well as watching Shrek try to figure out just how to get Fiona to kiss him (while she is busy trying to run a revolution).

— Cindy Evans, Duluth