Once in the cinema with the daft glasses on, my friends and I realised that none of us could remember what on earth happened in the third ‘Shrek’ film, all we could remember was the Justin Timberlake was in it at some point. Despite this, we were prepared for the fourth and final installment to be as brilliant as the advertising had made it out to be, and this time, we weren’t let down.
The plot was touching and simple, which allowed the writers to build around it with new characters, fantastic 3D effects, and, of course, the ritual comedy aspects. The best example of the latter was definitely Puss in Boots’ obesity: in fact, I’m sure I love the fat cat much better than the regular one, and Antonio Banderas’ suave voice was comically mismatched to his hilarious exterior. Eddie Murphy, I feel, was underused: he’s an incredibly funny man and very talented in that respect, and I don’t think I can remember a point at which he really did or said anything that reflected that. Mike Myers was good, although because Shrek was carrying the storyline on his back, he didn’t have much opportunity to provide any light relief outside of the plot. One of the best sideline comic moments was definitely a little boy repeatedly going ‘Do the roar!’ to Shrek, as well as the massive Goose that accompanied Rumplestiltskin in his wrongdoings.
The 3D effects were brilliantly done, and while there were moments when you knew something had been shot differently to accompany this (like the camera panning from a side view of a carriage to the front, so the horses were galloping towards you), but the film hadn’t been fitted around the notion of it being 3D, which is definitely the hallmark of a successful movie.
‘Shrek’ is a film I heavily recommend, particularly in 3D, as it is a remedy for the forgettable third film and provides a fittingly sentimental end to an otherwise brilliant series of films.