Friday, May 18, 2007
Movie Reviews: SHREK THE THIRD
SHREK THE THIRD
Shrek (Mike Myers) has his life of ease in the swamp threatened when his father-in-law, King Harold (John Cleese), falls ill and he is next in line to assume the throne. To avoid his royal duties, the jolly green slacker enlists Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) to help him find a replacement before Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) can object.
Cast Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese (more)
Director(s) Chris Miller, Raman Hui
Writer(s) Peter Seaman, Jeffrey Price
Status In theaters (wide)
Release Date May 18, 2007
Running Time 93 minutes
MPAA Rating Rating PG
Third times have not been the charm this summer for big franchises. Shrek the Third comes to screens and delivers a tepid underwhelming entry into a previously strong franchise. Gone is all the smart writing from the earlier films and it's replaced with dumbed down humor and it just seems like the writers decided they didn't need to really put any effort into the script. The great thing about the first 2 films is that they were enjoyable for both the target child audience and for the older crowd as well. Here we get prat falls and more butt scratching jokes but nothing else. Myers, Diaz, Murphy and Banderas return from the previous installments and seem comfortable in their parts but there isn't really much worthwhile or memorable for them to do through the entire movie. This entry just kind of plods along and at some points is just plain boring, something I never experienced watching the first two movies. The new additions add very little to the film and aren't nearly as memorable as Puss in Boots was in the 2nd film. It's a real shame; I was really looking forward to this movie and so far it has to be the summer's biggest disappointment, still decent for small children but not near the pedigree of the first two.