Making a permanent impression since 1994
June 11, 2004
-- Movie review --
A monster of a sequel
By Zach Brokenrope
the original “Shrek” film came out a few years back, it turned into a
its hilarious mix of social commentary, the modernized fairy tale proved one of
the highest-earning CGI animation movies ever, attracting both adults and
children to the theaters to catch a glimpse. It even went on to win an Academy
why I was a little cautious when I heard about a sequel. Hollywood tends to take
a fantastic movie and make it into a franchise with follow-ups that prove less
appealing and slightly more annoying then the original (Home Alone 2 and 3,
against my judgment, my parents grudgingly dragged me into the theater to view
the film, and after an hour and thirty minutes (which honestly felt like 30
minutes) I am happy to say that “Shrek 2” is actually better then its
plot picks up where the original left off: Shrek (voiced by the ever-talented
Mike Meyers) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) have just wed and gotten home
from their honeymoon when Princess Fiona receives a message from her parents,
King and Queen of Far Far Away (John Cleese, and Julie Andrews),
inviting the newlyweds back to their kingdom in order to receive their
Shrek's apprehensiveness, Fiona and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) talk him into the trip
and after a very long journey, they arrive at their destination, which
ironically mirrors our world’s Hollywood.
Shrek finally meets Fiona's parents at a grand ceremony, we see that Shrek was
obviously not what mom and dad expected.
the Queen tries to make the best of the situation, Fiona's father immediately
despises his new ogre-in-law.
a few minuets, though, we discover why. It turns out Fiona's marriage and rescue
was arranged previously and that Fiona was actually supposed to marry Prince
Charming (Rupert Everett), the metrosexual son of Fairy Godmother (Jennifer
Saunders), who is obsessed with his looks.
Fairy Godmother finds out about Shrek and Fiona's marriage she threatens the
King with revoking "his gift," which you don't find out until later in
here the film goes into classical fairy-tale style as Shrek tries to win the
approval of Fiona's parents by doing everything to change himself so he appeals
to them – and learns eventually that this has consequences.
film is destined to become a classic (and probably second in a trilogy). If you
liked the original at all, you are sure to love this sequel.
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