Shrek the Third

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Shrek The Halls will open this Christmas and Shrek the musical will be on Broadway next year, but this summer you’re stuck with the large, ugly, green guy in the animated film, Shrek The Third. When King Harold (voice by John Cleese) the frog king of Far, Far Away dies, (maybe I should say croaks) Shrek (voice by Mike Myers) is next in line to the throne by marriage.. Shrek doesn’t want to be king and is deperate to go back to his nasty, rat infested swamp with his wife, Princess Fiona (voice by Cameron Diaz). When Shrek finds out there is another heir to the kingdom named Artie (voice by Justin Timberlake) who is Fiona’s cousin he sets out on a journey to find him. With the help of Donkey (voice by Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (voice by Antonio Banderas) they find Artie, who is a total high school loser and they try to bring him back to the castle. In the meantime, Prince Charming, Captain Hook and other villains take over the kingdom. When Shrek returns he is captured and Prince Charming takes the crown. In past films, Shrek has been able to take down whole armies with just his hands but here a couple soldiers point pikes at him and he is captured. Fiona must have also forgotten her Ninja moves because she just runs into the closet when she is threatened. The first two Shrek films were fabulous and maybe the bar was set too high because after the first half hour it just didn’t seem funny. The dialogue is not as clever, there aren’t as many pop culture references and over all, the material was a step down. Basically there was just nothing new. In the past we saw (well, heard in my case) scenes with a giant Gingerbread Man terrorizing the city but here in the closing moments we hear a long winded speech about how you don’t have to be a villain. Now this doesn’t mean this is a bad movie. It does have some funny scenes catchy music and most of the original cast is back. Most of all, my three favorite characters are back. Yes, the 3 Blind Mice. (I’m still waiting for one to become a movie critic) Maybe I’m just expecting too much but I can’t give this anything higher then a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.