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Shrek two, along with it's other sequels, is probably one of the few series of films where the sequels are just as good as the original in my opinion.
If you have read any of my previous reviews (eg, 'Fairytale subversion at it's best,' 'Twas brillig etc' and 'That's my Dad!') you'll know that i'm mad about fairy tale subversions, and that 'Shrek' is used as a term of endearment in the Hoggle household.
So following my love of fairy tale subversion i have to say this is one if the more humorous fairy tale subversions i've seen of the Fairy God Mother (Jennifer Saunders) and Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) along with the amazingly cast Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) who also has his own film and there's rumour of another coming out in the next year or so. Along with an interesting twist on the Frog Prince.
We also gain more depth into the brief fairytale subversions we encountered in the first film- in particular The Gingerbread Man and the Muffin man prove rather useful toward the end of the film, there's a rather funny underwear scene when it comes to Pinnochio, the Three Little Pigs feature- i still can't get over the fact that they have German accents, it's very well done. We also see glimpses of The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and the Magic Mirror from Snow White still makes an appearance and plays a rather good role as a television set.
So, after returning from their honeymoon Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) return to find Donkey (Eddie Murphy) has been house-sitting for them, but before Shrek can get annoyed with Donkey (Which is quite a feat) they find a royal messenger at their door with a letter from Fiona's parents (Julie Andrews and John Cleese) asking for her to come visit now she's been rescued from her tower. The film then evolves into a hilarious take on how not to deal with meeting the other half's parents.
Meanwhile, Prince Charming has been battling blistering deserts and cold places to climb to the highest room in the tallest tower to rescue the princes, only to find a 'gender confused' wolf where Fiona should be. Needless to say he's not best pleased. Nor is the Fairy Godmother who specifically set it up so Fiona's 'happily ever after' was to be found with Charming.
While all this is going on, Shrek begins to feel he's not good enough for Fiona after gaining an insight into her life before he met her. So he sets out to find a way to make Fiona happy and happens to find it in the Fairy Godmother's factory (yes, she has a factory). And so the story continues.
Along with this, the sound track to Shrek 2 is just as good as the first film's sound track, including 'Accidentally in love' performed by Counting Crows, 'Funky Town' performed by Lipps Inc and David Bowie's 'Changes.' Not to mention other well known artists like Tom Waits and Nick Cave (i have a friend who's obsessed with these two- when i told her they had songs in this film she practically stole my copy of this film off me.) but the highlight of the soundtrack for me has to be hearing Jennifer Saunders sing 'Holding out for a Hero.'
All in all this is an absolutely brilliant series of films that has to be watched.
Meeting the in-laws for the first time is never an exciting proposition but if you're an ogre from a swamp it's even more of a challenge. That is the situation facing Shrek when he returns with his wife Princess Fiona to her kingdom, Far Far Away to meet her parents. They are not best pleased with the choice their daughter has made and set about to cause trouble between the two of them but as all good fairy tales go, in the end, they live happily ever after.
My daughter and I have just been watching this movie over half term. She is three and I think appreciates the film for the cartoon and although she gets some of the jokes she doesn't get all of them.
From the back of the box the synopsis is as such, "everyone's favourite larger than life hero returns in Shrek 2, the #1 animation of all time hailed by critics and audiences alike as even better than its Oscar winning predecessor! Happily ever after never seemed so far away when a trip to meet the in-laws turns into another hilariously twisted adventure for Shrek and Fiona. With the help of his faithful steed Donkey, Shrek takes on a potion brewing Fairy Godmother, the pompous Prince Charming. And the famed ogre-killer Puss in Boots, a ferocious feline for who's really just a pussycat at heart."
This is a really funny DVD and Shrek and Donkey are really a funny comedy duo. My favourite character is definitely Puss in Boots though. Voiced by Antonio Banderas he is just the cutest cat ever with the hugest eyes that just make you want to give him a big cuddle even though he meant to be evil.
Created exclusively for the DVD there is a spoof singers showdown with 11 hit songs sung by the character.
Bonus features include technical goofs, meet puss in boots and the filmmakers commentary.
There really is a lot of bonus features on this DVD, probably aimed at kids a bit older than my daughter such as games so its good to know we can save this DVD for a few years time.
The DVD is rated U meaning universal/suitable for all, although it contains mild language and comic fight scenes and has a running time of 1 hour and 29 minutes approximately.
Shrek is based on William Steigs book of the same name and following the success of Shrek DreamWorks released Shrek 2 three years later in 2004. All of the original cast stayed on with some all star new additions:-
Shrek : Mike Myers
Fiona : Cameron Diaz
Donkey : Eddie Murphy
Prince Charming : Rupert Everett
King Harold : John Cleese
Queen : Julie Andrews
Fairy Godmother : Jennifer Saunders
Puss In Boots : Antonio Banderas
The new characters of Puss in Boots, Charming, Fairy Godmother and Fiona's parents really bring the story to new levels. The addition of these main characters gives the film more depth.
The second film continues on from Shrek and after marrying Shrek and Fiona are invited back to Fiona's parents for a celebration in Far Far Away Land - this even has a 'Hollywood' style sig. The King and Queen are unaware that their beloved daughter has married an Ogre and taken her true loves form as an ogre herself so they, and their congregation get quite a shock. We discover that the Fairy Godmother has a hold over Harold and convinces him to help her rid Fiona of Shrek and replace him with her son - Prince Charming. Shrek meanwhile is struggling to adapt to palace life and feels Fiona may be better off without him. He breaks into The Fairy Godmothers potion factory to try and find a spell to improve their lives and finds one that transforms him into a handsome man and Fiona back to her princess state. She is unaware of how Shrek now looks and is convinced by Charming that he is in fact Shrek. All he needs is a kiss to seal the spell forever.
The second film keeps Shrek, Donkey and Fiona at the centre of its focus but introduces them to a new side kick - Puss in Boots. Again a lot of background characters appear based on fairytales - we see the Three Pigs, Pinocchio and the Gingerbread man again. But as I hoped for in the first film these characters are brought into the story more and given more depth.
I love the way the characters are on the most part from fairytales but DreamWorks gives them all an added twist - Three Pigs are German (?!?), Pinocchio appears to have a hidden secret - he has a particularly funny scene in the dungeon! All these added traits bring the film into the hearts of both adults and children. Again jokes are aimed at all the family and the everyone will love all the characters.
The quality of the story I think is even stronger than the first film and the animation is second to none. With a great score with well know songs - for instance The Fairy Godmother does a fantastic rendition of 'I Need A Hero' - the film with have you laughing and singing along.
I just cannot find anything I don't like about this film! One of the Best!
Anyone who read my review on Shrek yesterday will know that up until yesterday I had never seen the Shrek films! However, after loving the first one I was keen to get started watching the rest so I immediately put the second one in the DVD player to see if it lived up to its predecessor. Although I watched this film on DVD, this is a film only review as I never bother with the extras.
The film begins by showing Shrek and Princess Fiona returning from their honeymoon. When they arrive home, Shrek is less than pleased to see that Donkey is eagerly awaiting their arrival - he was hoping to spend some time with his new wife alone. However, as Fiona starts going through the couples mail, Donkey is the last thing on his mind!
Fiona's parents have written to her inviting her and Shrek to dinner in order to celebrate their marriage. Shrek tells Fiona it is out of the question and there is no way on earth they are going. However, Fiona tells Shrek that she doesn't care what he looks like, she loves him and her parents should too. Shrek isn't too happy about going but nevertheless they set out on their journey.
The journey is a long one and Donkey (who naturally had to come along too) is restless, this helps Shrek to be even more nervous! When they arrive at Fiona's parents, there is a massive reception and to say the least, Fiona's parents are shocked at Fiona's choice in husband, and also the way Fiona now looks. Will they accept the couple?
I had heard from a number of people that this film was not as good as its predecessor. However, I disagree with this and I really enjoyed watching it.
I liked the idea of the plot and felt that it gave something for us adults to focus on aswell as the children. The plot flows really well and it is very easy to understand meaning that you can be doing something else at the same time or younger children should find it easier to follow aswell. The ending was done very well, there was lots going on in this film and the ending wrapped up everything nicely. The ending was not dragged out but instead it was short and to the point - just what I think is needed in a childrens film!
The characters in this film are as good as the first one, with the addition of a new character, Puss in Boots. He is very amusing and also very sweet at the same time and certainly gives Donkey a run for his money (much to Donkey's dismay)!
The animation is really strong in the film, there were no points which I thought looked a bit weak or that didn't fit together properly, instead it all worked together really well and the film just flowed through.
I thought the film was the perfect length, especially for children as it is long enough to watch as a film but it is not too long and there was never a point in the film when I was wondering when it would be coming to an end.
The film was released in 2004.
It stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, John Cleese and Rupert Everett.
It was rated a PG and runs for 93 minutes.
I enjoyed this film as much as the first one. It is a great watch for everyone and I look forward to seeing the next instalment!
Film Duration: 93 minutes
Category: humour / animation
Director: Andrew Adamson
Country: United States
Mike Myers as Shrek
Eddie Murphy as Donkey
Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona
Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian
Rupert Everett as Prince Charming
The story follows on from the first part where Shrek rescues Fiona from the tower and eventually marry. Fiona is a beautiful princess transformed into a ogre, what she has always been only due an enchantment was never discovered. In this film Shrek and Fiona return from their honeymoon, and look forward to a quiet life in the swamp, but is soon disrupted when they receive an invitation from Fiona's parents. They are asked to meet them and come to their homes in Far Far Away. When they arrive they scare Fiona's parents, for they don't know even their own daughter is an ogre! The entire population awaits the arrival of their beloved beautiful princess, but are scared of what they see. It also doesn't click between Shrek and Fiona's parents, but they decide to stay anyway. Meanwhile, Prince Charming arrived at the tower where Fiona was imprisoned and finds out that she has been liberated! Angry, he returned to the city and he still wants Fiona. When Shrek reads the diary of Fiona when she was little, he reads that she always wanted to marry a handsome prince. Shrek decides to change himself with a potion into a handsome prince, but it also changes Fiona back into a person again. Donkey also changed but in a nice horse! What Shrek needs to do is find Fiona, but of course Prince Charming uses this to his advantage! Together with his mother, they ensure that if Prince Charming kisses Fiona, she will love him. Since Fiona hasn't even seen Shrek in his new shape yet, she's easily to be fooled. Will Shrek be on time?
Real performances you cannot mention since you only hear the voices of the actors. I liked how they matched the voices with the characters. I'm always surprised with Mike Myers. I think he really a genius in this film he is almost unrecognizable. Eddie Murphy is also a very funny as Donkey. Cameron Diaz has a beautiful voice that just fits the Princess Fiona. Very nice done with the cast and characters.
There are several extras on this DVD including two commentary by the filmmakers. The first is from Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon, Aron Warner and the second with Mike Andrews. I haven't heard both all the way, simply due they are boring with a lot of information and told on a very dry way. They talk about how the film was prepared, and the success of the first film. Another extra focuses on computer animation and the difference with the first film. You have several people you meet in the film including the actors. Always fun to watch. Furthermore you have some other extras who are equally fun to watch.
Shrek 2 is a great sequel to the first film and where your question is answered what happens to them after the end of the first film. This second film is also where the first stopped. Shrek 2 is full of funny jokes and funny situations and the story is told on a fun light way. The characters are always a pleasure to see and the voices fit well with them. I always laugh at Shrek and especially Donkey! Just a wonderful movie for a night of laughter!
FILM ONLY REVIEW
After the undeniably complete nature of the first Shrek film in terms of storyline, it might have been looked on as a mistake to make a sequel. Shrek was an exciting adventure story about rescuing a princess with hilarious characters and fantastic animation. How could a sequel better that? Well, I think Dreamworks studios went about it the right way, first of all, by finding part of the story they hadn't explored.
The ogre Shrek had rescued Princess Fiona from the castle, along with his trusty sidekick Donkey, but how had Fiona got there? It turns out that her parents had hidden her in the highest room of the tallest tower to await her Prince Charming, the only one who could lift the curse she was under. So the second film, naturally, was exploring how Fiona's parents, the King and Queen of a distant land, felt about Fiona marrying an ogre instead of Prince Charming, as they'd hoped. It's a meettheparents gone badly wrong. That's a funny idea in itself, and different enough from the first film's plot to make it worthy of a sequel, I believe. Team that with the mock-Hollywood setting 'Far Far Away' where all the elite fairytale characters (such as Snow White and Cinderella) live, and you have a great film.
The other way in which the film-makers have kept Shrek 2 fun is by their introduction of some new, interesting characters. A good sequel will always make you wish that these new characters had been in the first film, and personalities such as Puss in Boots and the Fairy Godmother are certainly funny enough to merit such praise. This is particularly helped by the voice actors playing them. The already stellar cast of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy is now joined by Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Jennifer Saunders and Rupert Everett, who shine at every opportunity.
The storyline is, as I already mentioned, completely different to the first film's, but it retains the same hilarious scripting and sense of climax and adventure. Clearly, it's ripping off as many films (particularly Disney films) as it can on the way, but that just adds to the amusement. For example, one of the best scenes consists of Fiona crying to herself on the balcony, and in so doing, involuntarily bringing her Fairy Godmother to her rescue (Saunders): "Happiness. It's just a teardrop away." She turns out to be impossible, and her remedy for everything is a makeover: "nip and tuck, here and there, to land that prince with the perfect hair!" She, along with the talking furniture, is perfectly satirising Beauty and the Beast, to name just one. The story is littered with references such as these, and it makes for a laugh-out-loud film.
The music is something of note: not only is the film well scored but the numerous songs contained within it are memorable, and the Shrek 2 soundtrack has sold well as a result. Songs embedded in the storyline are those like "Holding out for a hero" sung by Fairy Godmother, and "Livin' da vida loca" sung by Puss and Donkey; but the rest of the soundtrack is also excellently chosen - very surprising for a children's film.
That is the joy of the Shrek series. They have kept it fun for children, despite it being a mick-take of all those children's films that we love so well, and still maintained its humour for adults. In other words, it's still a good film, which all the family can enjoy, and it doesn't get boring, as sequels often do.
The animation, characterisation, acting and storyline are all faultless, which makes Shrek 2 one of the most original and well-made films of its kind.
[Film Only Review]
Shrek 2 was released in 2004 and is directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. It was produced by DreamWorks and was nominated for 2 Oscars.
~~~ Synopsis ~~~
Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek back to their castle to celebrate Fiona's marriage. I won't say much more in case you haven't seen any of them and would like to watch them all back to back, but Fiona's parents may be in for a surprise.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
After the success of Shrek, Shrek 2 was inevitable. Unfortunately I didn't think it quite matched the high standards set by the original.
Although I found the original to be better, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this - I did. It just seemed to follow a less exciting story, with less adventures for Shrek and Donkey to get involved in.
The animation is still the same, which is good as it was already of a perfect standard and trying to advance this could have taken it a step backwards.
Donkey (the star of Shrek) is back again and is being his usual annoying self (annoying to Shrek, not us the viewers). Again he is the star of the show, despite some new characters, the main one being Puss in Boots.
Overall not quite as good as the first, but still a highly enjoyable movie which I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the first. Despite the slightly negative side to the review, Shrek 2 is still one of my favourite animated movies and definitely doesn't come close to being under the category of 'Shouldn't Have Been Made".
Invited by Fiona's parents, the recently married ogres go to Far Far Away, but it turns out Fiona's father isn't happy with his daughter being an ogre, but also her having married one. So he hatches a plan with the fairy godmother to stop all of this. It's up to Shrek and Donkey to put a stop to all of this before Fiona ends up falling for the wrong man.
When Shrek was released in 2001, it was an instant hit. It's of no doubt that a sequel was on the way and in 2004 that sequel arrived. And all doubts that this was simply a cash in from the first film's success disappeared. Three years of careful animation, brilliant jokes and dialogue and Shrek 2 was released.
Some people consider Shrek 2 to be better than the first, some people don't. Oddly enough I don't consider myself in either group. Shrek 2 was just as funny as the first film, if not more so but the thing with the sequel is that it is, quite simply, completely different to the first. Like the Pirates of Caribbean films, the first one stands alone while the other two kind of work together a bit and that's what happens in Shrek. There's much stronger "franchise" feel to it in the second. That's not bad at all: we loved the fairy godmother, her evil son Prince Charming and the adorable but smooth and suave Puss. The first one killed off Lord Farquaad, who was a standalone villain with no fairy tale counterpart (except maybe every evil prince?). Shrek 2 takes this concept of parodying fairy tales and lampooning modern life and throttles the hell out of his with huge ogre hands. And the result is hilarious.
It's a class film, with great voice acting (Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, and oh god there are too many to put here) and a million jokes. There isn't a second of film that goes by without a joke being somewhere. If you haven't seen it, then what's wrong with you?
I just have to say this is one of the most perfectly made films of all time in my opinion. Laugh out loud dialogue, brilliantly written characters, and a charming story with a believable, great relationship between Shrek and Fiona that, although unconventional, still, through the use of impeccable animating skills and character modelling makes you root for their happiness the whole way through.
Following on from Shrek, this film follows Shrek (Mike Myers), Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) as they head for Far Far Away to meet the parents. The King and Queen of Far Far Away, Fiona's parents are surprised to find that they are both ogres and her father decides to break up the relationship. This film stars an even bigger all-star cast than the last film, with the voice talents of John Cleese,
Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett and Jennifer Saunders not to mention some supporting characters returning from the first film.
One of the greatest comedies and films of all time in my opinion, Shrek 2 has the love story, the actors, the fairytale story and the utterly original and unique twists on old fairytale cliches. This film is well known as one of the greatest animated films of all time and rightly so. And on top of that, it's so good you;ll find yourself watching it over and over again, a must buy.
The cast list is evocative of a Quentin Tarentino film. Ok so less gritty, and maybe not totally A- listers, but the number of high profile actors making up the role call is impressive: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Bandaras, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders. Where as some have been tarnished with less than impressive film portfolios in recent years, I believe this film must make up the largest high profile cast list of an animated film. It possibly might be competing for the same award in the non animated film section; True Romance has to be up there amongst the top of the list for household name actors, but the majority of them are cameo or bit parts. Shrek 2's cast all have large, pivotal roles. That would be my first point: Highly impressive main cast.
Rarely do you find a sequel which is better than the original. In my opinion this is one of those rare few. The tongue in cheek poke at fairytale stories initiated in film # 1, is carried forward and grown upon. Exploring the clichés (why is it always midnight?), the character flaws and a cynical take on childhood characters. No story or character is safe from the wit of the writers. With there now 3 films in the series, and #4 on its way and undoubtedly more thereafter, for me this was the pinnacle of Shrek. The first film in my opinion although was distinctly novel and groundbreaking at the time, in comparison felt limited in terms of scope, story and characters. #3 went the other way - too many characters, too far adrift from the original formula, too diverse in location and plot. Although I (and the family) loved all 3; #2 has to be where its at.
Ok here's the story in a 100 word nutshell. Newly weds Shrek & Fiona are invited to the kingdom of Far, Far Away to receive royal blessing from Fiona parents. The King & Queen are shocked at Fiona's ogre appearance and choice of husband. In the meantime Prince Charming, arrives too late to rescue Fiona from the tower (in Shrek # 1). The story thus follows Shrek's quest to change for Fiona, Prince Charming's quest to bag a Princess (and the kingdom) and the King's quest to do what's best for his daughter. Each quest is interlinked and accompanied by brilliant sidekicks, coming to a head in a climatic scene. Hmm that's 101 words.
Centering around the 3 main characters Shrek, Fiona & Donkey (Myers, Diaz, Murphy respectively) and introducing the honourable Puss in Boots (Bandaras), Fiona's contrasting parents: King & Queen (Cleese & Andrews), along with the dashing but dastardly Prince Charming (Everett) and his overprotective mother, Fairy Godmother (Saunders). I have heard that actors find voiceover work more difficult than acting as they have to rely on only one medium to project emotion but there is not a duff performance in the house. Their performances are of course largely in the hands of the animators - which have to be recognised as superbly talented: The animation is flawless, full of texture, background and evocative of what CGI brings to animated films.
The outstanding star of the film has to be Donkey, voiced by Eddie Murphy. The interaction between him and Shrek is genius. Where as Shrek (Mike Myers) is for the most the straight guy in the comedy partnership, Donkey is the gag man. A reminder of the days when Eddie Murphy was funny (pre Norbit, the Nutty Professor, etc). Donkey's over enthusiasm, immaturity, and response to situations is nothing short of fantastic, particularly his transformation mid film.
Full of lively rock and pop music such as Counting Crows "Accidently in Love" (awesome song) opening up the film and an interesting rendition of David Bowie's "Changes" by Butterfly Boucher. Whoever they may be. Whilst on the subject of music, there is a scene at the end of the film, where Jennifer Saunders provides the music; belting out a very convincing, even-better-than-the-original-version of Bonnie Tyler's "I need a hero". This version of the song maintains its pop background but also introduces heavy orchestral string sections into it - making a very powerful addition to the score. I have watched this film many times over with the kids, and that rescue sequence; with that music without fail always gives me goosebumps.
Finally, in fitting with the reality TV cult of recent years of X factor, Pop Idol etc splurging the world, a special featurette of' Far Far Away Idol', allows the viewer to watch 10 or so performances from the main and supporting cast, in there own styles. This is all judged and commented by... medieval Simon Cowell. This is a very clever addition to which the viewer can vote their favourite and a separate piece of animation plays for each result. Nifty.
So there we have it. In my top 2 animated films. The kids love it, but there is enough adult humour and parody (ie spoofing Spiderman, Mission Impossible, the Matrix amongst others) to allow the adults to also love it. Even if made to watch it time and time and time and time again! Shrek Perfection!
note: also appears on Flixster and The Student Room in part
Perhaps too often do animated films rely on pop culture references that don't really fit within the tone of the story, but Shrek 2 shows how you do it right - this is a film absolutely chock full of references to anything from the Alien films to The Graduate. It's a clever sequel that may not be quite as great as the original, but it's a worthy sequel and a deal better than the letdown that was the third film.
The film opens as Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) return from their honeymoon, where Fiona insists that they go visit her parents. Faithful sidekick Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) is also waiting for them, to go on a crazy, whirlwind adventure. Shrek is reluctant to meet her parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian (voiced by John Cleese and Julie Andrews), and it's not really much of a surprise that they're utterly disgusted by her choice of husband. They had hoped that she would marry Prince Charming (Rupert Everett), who is in fact, in a neat twist, an egomaniacal idiot, who thinks only of himself and his own interests. He is aided by his mother, the Fairy Godmother (voiced by Jennifer Saunders), who hatches a plan to break Shrek and Fiona up.
The film also introduces the immensely popular new character, Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas), a small cat that styles himself on Zorro. He is of course utterly harmless, and has mastered the cute doe eyes that he uses to get himself and others out of trouble. The film also includes numerous hilarious cameos from other characters from the first film, such as the Gingerbread Man, who makes an excellent, giant-sized appearance.
It is essentially a thin plot padded out by a plethora of pop culture references, but this is an immensely entertaining sequel that does the original justice.
All you favourite characters from the first film return for the second installment of this excellent animation.
Shrek (Mike Myers) & Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are married & have just returned from Honeymoon to the Swamp. Just as they are getting settled a message arrives from Princess Fiona's Father, (John Cleese) King of the land of Far Far Away. He invites his daughter & her new husband to come & visit him & his people at their castle. As with the first film their is a bit of a spin on the classic fairy tale. The Evil fairy God Mother (Jennifer Saunders) wants Princess Fiona married to her own son so he can inherit the kingdom & goes about trying to split up Shrek & Fiona.
Donkey (Eddie Murphy) makes a welcome return alongside some great new characters like Puss In Boots (Antonia Banderas) & Prince Charming (Rupert Everett).
This film for me is just as good as the first. It has the same mix of great one liners coupled with both childish & adult humour that the whole family can enjoy together for different reasons. A very good sequel & well worth a watch.
Having watched and loved the first Shrek film I really did question wether this film would be able to meet the high expectations set and it did. The film was originally released in 2004 and is an Academy Award nominated film which just proves its brilliance further. It stars Eddie Murphy and also Mike Myers once again who really are brilliant. The soundtrack to the film was actually featured in the billboard top 200! I bought this film for around £13 from Asda but you can get it on Amazon for cheaper at just over £9 which I really think is a good price for a film of this standard.
The film is about Shrek's quest to reach Happily Ever After but it seems to be so far away. It really is a fantastically hilarious film just like the first Shrek and it will without doubt have you laughing throughout. The film shows the whole new adventures of Shrek and Fiona who are accompanyed by the annoying Donkey (Played by Eddie Murphy). Shrek takes on the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming with the help of Donkey in an attempt to live happily ever after. There is also a new companion who is very sweet, called Puss in Boots who provides new comedy to the film.
What I really liked about the film was that it is just as funny and comic as the previous Shrek and it seems to never run short of new ideas. I found it to be enjoyable for the whole family and it really did provide a lot of entertainment. There is something for everyone which is another advantage of this film and the humuor can appeal to all ages at times. I really would recommend this film and I think it is good value for money. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
SHREK YOU HAVE TO LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
Shrek2 I must admit has been my favourite film of all time, I have watched it around 10 times and just can't get enough, with the cast of fantastic actors such as Cameron Diaz, I really can't recommend this film enough, And it has delivered up to the high standards in which the first film set.
The film starts as a great carry on from the first film and hooks you in an instant with the mixture of characters to set your imagination wild, with a fantastic plot with an a wicked evil step mum and prince charming (Who I fancied) lol. The story is simple and easy to follow which makes it a great family film that everyone can enjoy, it starts with Prince charming who wants to set up his life with the princess Fiona who may I add turns into an orgy after night fall. But as with every story they is a great twist as another orgy who gets in the way steals her (which carries on from the first film were he saves the princess from a castle and starts to fall in love), The nasty step mum is not at all pleased with this and tries an evil plot to bring Fiona into prince charming hands.
It's a beautiful fairytale with great graphics, and an abundance of humour
Shrek 2 also has a mixture of fantastic songs which really set the scene and go perfectly with the film and helps it reach the younger audiences.
I feel this film should deserve to be best film of all time, however yet again with all my reviews there is a negative, if you have watched Shrek 3 you will know as with all series of films they always have to end with a terrible film and Shrek 3. I feel ruined the whole image of the first 2 films.
The film was reasonable priced and can be picked up online even know it is a little old ( so may be able to buy second hand) also the film case has a button which when pressed lights up donkeys mouth and has Eddie Murphy talking as the donkey which is great for little children (even I pressed the button at least 10 times!), and was rated at a (u) certificate.
The film also has a end competition called Far Far away idol where you get the chance to be in control and vote for your favourite singing character (advice to everyone vote for puss in boots he is great) this can also provided extra entertainment which is often forgotten in other films.
Overall for the money compared to most DVDs it is good value as it includes extras other form the film. This is why it might be worth buying it even if you have been to the cinema like I did.
I have heard that dream works the creator of Shrek are planning a Shrek 4 so we will have to wait and see if they can end the story line properly.
If you missed the first Shrek, you will have to go back and see it before you see this one. It is not time wasted for the home viewer, the first is as good as the second and you will easily make it a single sitting. In both cases be prepared for some of the greatest computer animation anywhere. I have not seen the second Ice Age, but the first was certainly a benchmark in this technology. Stuart Little is another source of inspiration in this area, but it is composite animation and does not confront all of the same issues that fully animated movies do. This Shrek is easily the best I've seen yet. Not only is the level of detail really incredible, but there are also fluid movements in our animated characters. Flesh has weight and momentum and the effect is very real and physical. There appears to be a certain amount of simulation involved, even in our fantasy characters.
The story is the same hilarious clearing house of fairy tail characters that we saw in the first movie. We begin here with the Happy Ending of the first movie where Shrek and his new princess ogre wife return to his happy swamp. Their new marital bliss is disturbed by an invitation from her King and Queen parents to celebrate a wedding for their daughter who had been imprisoned in a tower in her "cursed" non-ogre form. Her parents are unaware of her transformation. Of course, the magical talking donkey tags along.
Both Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers really have a lot of fun with this movie, the two SNL veterans are nicely matched and the rest of the cast is just as happy to be there. If you are irritated by musicals, you should know that there are a few songs sung, but they do not dominate the story. It is not a musical. The parent's kingdom is a kind of Hollywood clone, which is also a little irritating, but absolutely no damage is done to the characters or the charming story.
The stage is set for a frolic of fairy-tale proportions. The main characters are back - Shrek (Mike Myers) in his typical ogre self (who knew ogres spoke with muddled Celtic accents?); Fiona, every inch the ogre herself night and day (reprised by Cameron Diaz - remember the tale from the first film where she was beautiful by day and hideous by night), is blissful on her honeymoon with Shrek. They return home to be greeted by Donkey (once again the humourous Eddie Murphy), to almost immediately be summoned to Fiona's home by her parents, the king and queen, so that they may meet the husband (not quite the prince they were expecting) and be welcomed into the kingdom of Far, Far Away, which is, true to its word, far, far away (are we there yet? is the constant refrain during the journey).