Shrek
Starring the voices of:
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy...
Directed By:
Andrew Adamson and Victoria Jenson
Grade
B

Shrek is a tale of a lone ogre (Myers) whose swamp is overrun with clichéd fairy tale creatures who have been booted out of the kingdom of Duloc by the cruel Baron Farquod (Lithgow). To get his land back, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona (Diaz) and bring her back so Farquod can marry her. Helping him along the way is a gabby donkey (Murphy) who will neither shut up or go away.

The whole of the movie is spent taking jabs at Disney and fairy tales in general. Even the entrance of Duloc looks like Disney World with its turnstiles and flower mosiac of Farquod. Anyone who has grown up with fairy tales or Disney movies in general will laugh themselves through this movie. There are some portions that are just laugh-out-loud funny. Shrek manages to keep the humor rolling along from start to finish.

Some points of note: there is a lot of crude humor. Shrek manages to use up the movie industry's allotment of fart and ass jokes for the year in less than an hour and a half. Also, don't expect much in the way of plot or character development. Shrek seems to have been created just as one long stream of gags. While Mike Myers is subdued as the main character, apparently Eddie Murphy was given the green light to be as obnoxious as possible.

All in all, Shrek is good fun and well animated. You'll laugh your way through the movie as you recognize all of the hidden barbs throw at Disney. Because of the crude humor and a couple a swear words, Parents may want to be with their children when they see this, but what it comes down to is that Shrek is highly entertaining.

- - Kinderfeld

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