| Starring the
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy...
Andrew Adamson and Victoria Jenson
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
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.