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I'm sure everyone must have heard of Shrek by now, the green ogre has been a massive hit since the first film was released in 2001. There have been a number of films and this review focuses on Shrek the Third, or Shrek 3 as some people call it.
King Harold (voiced by John Cleese) is slowly dying which leaves his daughter Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and son in law Shrek (Mike Myers) in line to become king and queen. Shrek, who loves his life at his swamp, doesn't quite fancy this and suggests having an ogre king wouldn't be a great idea. Just before king Harold dies, he lets Shrek know that there is another heir to the throne, his nephew Arthur (Justin Timberlake), or Artie as he likes to be called. Shrek makes it his mission to find Artie so that he doesn't have to rule Far, Far away. Of course, Shrek's companions go on the adventure with him, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas).
Whilst Shrek is on his adventure trying to find Artie, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) is assembling the fairy tale villains so that he can become King and locks Fiona and her Princess friends away. Shrek makes his way to Worcestershire Academy and finds Artie there, he certainly wasn't what Shrek was expecting him to be like as he is a scrawny, scruffy looking boy who tends to get picked on by the other students. After Shrek convinces Artie to join them and return to Far, Far Away, they make the journey back. Do they arrive safely and in time to stop Prince Charming from becoming King?
I am a huge fan of the Shrek series of films and Shrek the Third definitely doesn't disappoint either. It has the usual comedic moments which make the Shrek films the loveable films they are. There are many laughs for both me and three and a half year old daughter. One of the funniest bits for both of us is when Puss and Donkey get their bodies switched by accident, it's truly hilarious. Of course, although there are lots of laughs, the rest of the film is still more than watchable without getting bored.
As with the other Shrek films, the cast is well and truly brilliant with the fantastically funny Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy voicing Shrek and Donkey. The two voice actors are perfect for the funny friendship between the two characters and they really bring them to life without much effort at all. The rest of the cast are the same as the other Shrek films so you are familiar with each of the characters and none are too surprising. This film introduces the character of Artie and the voice behind him is Justin Timberlake, as Artie is a 16 year old boy, I was a bit surprised at the makers using Timberlake but surprisingly the voice suits the character perfectly.
Compared to the first two Shrek films, I think this one meets the high standards they have set. I wouldn't say it's better than the first film but is on par with the second film. The storyline is good and I like the fact it is in keeping with the other films with Shrek wanting to stick to his ogre ways and stay in his swamp. It's a film that me and my daughter can cuddle up and watch and laugh together over the silly things that happen. Definitely recommended by us!
Often as a film series progresses the story can go downhill, but in the case of Shrek 3 (2007) the story and characters are just as strong.
In Shrek 3, King Harold is dying and Shrek and Fiona are taking over the reigns. Shrek does not like this and longs for his swamp. Harold tells them of Fiona's cousin Artie who is the only other heir to the thrown which would save Shrek from taking over. Shrek eager to return to his and Fiona's home goes in search of Artie and takes with him his sidekicks Donkey and Puss in Boots. On the way they have the usual problems and funny goings on you would expect and Shrek is worrying after finding out Fiona's pregnant.
They soon find Artie at school and realise he is too scared to take over the throne. The character is Artie is based upon Arthur, and we soon meet Merlin. But as with any Shrek character the characters have a twist. Merlin is a doddering, confused old man - often taking to not wearing any underwear for some reason. Meanwhile back in Far Far Away, Prince Charming has returned and is taking over the throne in Shrek's absence.
The original cast appears again with some more new faces:-
Mike Myers - Shrek
Cameron Diaz - Fiona
Eddie Murphy - Donkey
Antonio Banderas - Puss In Boots
John Cleese - King Harold
Rupert Everett - Prince Charming
Julie Andrews - Lillian
Artie - Justin Timberlake
Merlin - Eric Idle
This vast array of characters and cast give the film a wide spectrum and the laughs keep coming. The film has a strong storyline, the animation just keeps getting better and once again the music score makes some scenes. If you have seen and loved the first 2 films this will not disappoint
Any regular readers of my reviews will know that up until last week I hadn't seen any of the Shrek films. However, I have been working my way through them because tonight me and my friend are off to see the latest instalment at the cinema!
Shrek and Fiona are staying with her parents but unfortunately her father has fallen ill. Shrek assumes that he will get better soon and will soon be able to resume his responsibilities as King. However, the King knows he is soon to die so tells Shrek he must be king.
Shrek is horrified - there is no way he can be King as he just wants to get back to his swamp. Therefore, whilst the King is on his deathbed, Shrek asks if there is anyone else in line to the throne. The King tells him that there is one other person and his name is Artie.
Therefore, after the Kings funeral, Shrek and his friends set off to find Artie, and return him to Far, Far Away to be king.
I enjoyed this film, but not as much as I enjoyed the first two Shrek films. Whilst this one was very good I didn't feel it was as magical, fun or have that special vibe that the other two seem to have. However, it was still a very good film.
I enjoyed the plot as there was always something going on and something for everyone to focus on. Again, there is something for both children and adults so therefore it is something the whole family can watch together without anyone being bored!
There was a great deal of humour throughout the film which is fantastic for the adults watching it as it doesn't give the impression that it is a film only made for children as a number of the jokes, children simply wouldn't understand.
Shrek is as loveable as ever, despite being very miserable! There is a big change to his life in this film and we see him try and deal with it, despite not being very keen. This reflects Shrek as a real life person as I imagine many people are the same with this kind of change.
The ending was good in the film and I felt we did find out everything we needed to know, however it could have been a bit more padded out to help us understand a little bit more.
The animation was again brilliant in the film, I really enjoyed the acting too (despite not being able to see the actors!), the voices were brilliant and I loved the fact that with a few of the characters you really cant tell who their voice is by which helps you get into the story rather than put the character to the actors face.
Overall, I thought this film was very good and is definitely worth a watch as everyone is bound to enjoy it!
The film was released in 2007.
It stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews and John Cleese.
It runs for 98 minutes and is rated a PG.
This film seemed so promising. Based on the fantastic first two chapters of the Shrek series, the voice actors and the general hype, what could go wrong?
Well, it turns out that actually, the third time isn't so lucky.
Whilst this film is enjoyable enough considered on its own, for all its separate qualities, it's just not nearly at the same standard as Shrek 1 or 2. The story is uninspired and not nearly as exciting or charming as previous instalments, and the new characters aren't really all that likeable or particularly funny.
However, saying that, the old characters are still hilarious. The interaction between Donkey and Puss is still comedy gold, and a welcome relief from the downright dullness of Arthur, the new potential king of far far away, voiced by pop star Justin Timberlake (why oh why Dreamworks?).
The plot goes something like this *minor spoiler warning*
When Fiona's father dies, Shrek becomes next in line to the kingdom. Not liking the idea of being a king, Shrek insists there must be someone else, and, lo and behold, there's a long lost nephew (or something) called Arthur, who is also a blood relative. Yes, that's all the explanation we get.
Shrek must go and find Arthur and bring him back to the castle, whilst trying to foil the plan of revenge by Prince Charming (Wonderfully voice acted by Rupert Everret), and coming to terms with big changes in his life presented by some new arrivals.
It's a mediocre story, but nothing compared to Shrek or Shrek 2. Some funny sub plots are explored but the main narrative probably won't entertain adults as much as the precious chapters did.
Kids, on the other hand, are likely to be head over heels excited about it though. The wonderful and delightful animation is still a winner, and the voice acting, for the ain part, is still spot on. Some famous cameos add to the appeal for adults, but all these separate qualities don't make up for the lack in spirit.
As the run up to the final Shrek begins, it may well be worth checking this out for the story update and the odd funny bit (a certain dream sequence is almost worth getting the DVD for on its own), but this realty is one for the kids.
Shrek the Third (2007)
Writer: Andrew Adamson & Jeffrey Price & Chris Miller & Peter S. Seaman
Dir.: Chris Miller & Raman Hui
Mike Myers - Shrek (voice)
Cameron Diaz - Princess Fiona (voice)
Eddie Murphy - Donkey (voice)
Antonio Banderas - Puss in Boots (voice)
Rupert Everett - Prince Charming (voice)
Justin Timberlake - Artie (voice)
Julie Andrews - Queen (voice)
Eric Idle - Merlin (voice)
Shrek, an ogre, is next in line for the crown in the kingdom of Far Far Away, but he isn't interested. He learns of another heir, Artie, and he and his two sidekicks, Donkey, a talking donkey and Puss in Boots, a talking, sword wielding cat, go in search of him. They find him in a school and bring him back.
Meanwhile, Prince Charming, tired of being ridiculed, decides that he wants to be the new king, so he gathers an army of fairy tale 'bad guys' and attacks the kingdom, imprisoning the 'good guys' and taking over.
Now, it's up to Shrek, Donkey, Puss and Artie to try and save the day.
Will they be able to stop the 'bad guys' and save the kingdom, or will they too be over-powered and imprisoned, or worse?
This is a pretty good movie. It is an animated family film and is the second sequel (third overall) to the movie Shrek. All of the movies are based on the book Shrek! by William Steig.
This movie has many returning characters, but also incorporates many more fairytale characters including Prince Charming, Merlin, Snow White, Captain Hook and Rapunzel, just to name a few.
Although this film will appeal to all ages, many of the jokes seem to be aimed at adults and won't resonate with the younger viewers.
Like the first two, the animation in this one is excellent with bright vivid colors.
The movie is well written with a good story and is well directed also.
The cast of voice actors is excellent, as are their performances.
Mike Myers is excellent as Shrek. He's the perfect choice for the role because he's funny, charming and sweet.
Eddie Murphy is also excellent and perfectly cast as Donkey. He's hilarious and his voice perfectly matches the larger than life character.
Antonio Banderas is also excellent as Puss in Boots. His accent fits the character perfectly. He too is hilarious and he steals every scene that he's in.
Cameron Diaz is great as Princess Fiona.
Justin Timberlake joins the cast as Artie and fits right in with a great performance.
Then entire cast does a wonderful job.
This movie received mixed reviews with more negative than positive. The public was not dissuaded by the reviews as this movie was a huge financial success.
Overall, this is a good movie that follows in the footsteps of the first two. Some of the humor is aimed at the older kids and the adults, but all ages will ultimately enjoy it. If you like the first two films you'll like this one too. I would certainly recommend this one.
As I have said in previous reviews, my daughter is a fan of all things Dreamworks, especially Shrek. She did even want to marry Shrek at one stage, which makes me a tad concerned as to what kind of son in law I will eventually end up with, but heck, she is only 7!
I bought her this DVD as a present, as it was really cheap at Tesco for a mere £5. We had previously seen the film when it came out at the cinema, and in my opinion, the whole film seemed rather weak compared to the other two films, which had really stong storylines.
After all, what do you do when you can't think of a good idea for a sequel? Erm....How about the two main characters have kids? Disney did it with their straight to video sequels, and it didn't hurt them one bit.
So, to the plot. For anyone not familiar with the story of Shrek, he is an ogre who married a princess called Fiona, who became an ogre herself. Following their previous adventures, Shrek the Third finds them living in Fiona's Parents' Castle in the Kingdom of Far Far Away. Shrek had wanted to return to his beloved swamp, but as the King suddenly takes very ill, Shrek and Fiona have to step in to perform royal duties. Eventually, the king dies, and Shrek and Fiona will be the new rulers of Far Far Away. This does not suit Shrek one bit, as royal life is too much for him to handle. The only other possible heir to the throne is Fiona's cousin Artie (King Arthur). Shrek and his friends Puss in Boots and Donkey go off to find Artie and convince him to take his place as king.
Meanwhile, with the kingdom undefended, the evil Prince Charming sees the perfect chance to take the castle by force and become ruler of the Kingdom. It is up to the Queen, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, as well as pregnant Fiona to fight and defend the castle from Prince Charming and the faiytale villains.
The film has some funny moments, like when Pinocchio is trying to lie to the villains without making his nose grow, but overall, the movie is quite short on laughs and plot. Some of the funniest scenes in the movie are at the end with the baby ogres, when you see how their parents take care of them. There isn't as much action in the film as I would have liked, and too much soppy sentimentality and inward reflection. Kids find too much of that boring.
Visually, the film is faultless, with amazing animation that you would expect from Dreamworks. They are churning out a fourth and supposedly final instalment of the series in June of this year, but I worry that the whole thing has run out of steam.
The DVD is a U rating. As well as the movie, it has some special features such as:
Shrek's guide to parenthood
Merlins magic crystal ball
There is also additional content that can be accessed if you put the disc in a computer.
The film has a running time of 89 minutes.
The voice cast is truly A list, with Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Fiona, Eddie Murphy as Donkey and Antonio Banderas as Puss. Artie is voiced by Justin Timberlake.
It was never going to be easy to live up to the first two Shrek animated movies which were fantastic and although this third in the series is good it's not quite as good in my opinion as the first two in the franchise.
The film itself picks up pretty much from where the second film left off. Shrek and Fiona are happily married and living in Far, Far Away land. The cast of main characters has grown over the movies as more join the group and at the moment they are two orgres, a donkey, a naughty little Kitty, puss in boots and a jealous handsome villain.
Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) have finally sorted out alot of their problems they had with their relationship from the previous film and then King Harold's(John Cleese) health starts to fade and his days are numbered. This leaves Shrek in the unenviable position of being the king's sole male heir and the possibility of having to step into the King's shoes.
Shrek obviously wants nothing to do this this job and has no desire to become king. Therefore, when he hears a rumour of a long lost relation of the king. So, Shrek goes off on his own personal quest to find the male heir and convince him to take up the responsibility.
It is a pretty simple plot but the movie's real humour comes from Fiona's revelation to Shrek that she wants to have a baby. He is having nightmares about this and it is very funny to watch his reactions.
I have to admit that I felt the same warmth towards all the characters as before and Shrek and Donkey are the main two again that dominates this animation. I don't think this is quite as good as the first two movies but it's still worth watching with friends and family if you have the chance.
Please that this is a review of the feature movie only. It is not about the DVD or any of the bonus features or additional features the DVD may or may not have.
Directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui Shrek the Third was released back in June 2007 and, strangely enough, this is the third movie in the Shrek saga.
With the king of Far Far Away on his death bed struggling to breathe, he calls his son in law, Shrek, over and informs him he next in line for the throne. However, Shrek being the humble swamp loving ogre he is decides the royal lifestyle is not for him and learns that another family member, Arthur is permitted to take throne. However, there is a problem here in that Arthur is away at college and needs to be collected.
With his motley crew of his ever faithful Donkey and protector from the second movie in the series, Puss In Boots, Shrek boards a ship and sails off to find Arthur and inform him it is time to take the throne. As the boat sets sail Fiona drops a bombshell and yells she is expecting a child as the ship sails off in to the horizon.
Meanwhile, Prince Charming is stills seething and thinks that he is the rightful king of Far Far Away and won't rest until he manages to get the throne. Prince Charming rallies up the troops in the form of all the other 'mis-fits' and 'baddies' of the fairytale world and storms Far Far Away whilst Shrek the protector is absent.
Does Shrek find and convince Arthur to take his place as king of Far Far Away or will Shrek have to sacrifice his swamp and take the throne, or will Charming manage to steal the crown? Does Shrek and Fiona's offspring arrive safely? And where is the best place to raise a family?
This movie contains loads of characters, all of which require voice overs. The main characters, and the actors/actresses responsible for the voice includes;
1. Shrek - Mike Myers
2. Fiona - Cameron Diaz
3. Donkey - Eddie Murphy
4. Puss In Boots - Antonio Banderas
5. Prince Charming - Rupert Everett
6. The Queen - Julie Andrews
7. The King - John Cleese
8. Arthur - Justin Timberlake
9. Captain Hook - Ian McShane
10. Merlin - Eric Idle
****My thoughts and opinion****
Despite being s huge fan of the first and second Shrek films I put off seeing this up until very recently. I had seen many trailers depicting the coming of the next generation, which I guess was to be expected. After all, we had seen the how Shrek and Fiona got together, their marriage so the next logical step was the creation of a family unit. This did not really appeal to me, so I thought I would give it a miss. However, after being forced in to watching Shrek the third I am quite disappointed I wrote it ff so early as it is an enjoyable watch.
I actually thought the story line was quite inventive and I was very glad it wasn't just about birth and fatherhood. In fact, there is probably not enough about it. Something which I am sure will be rectified in the next movie in the series, providing there is going to be one that is.
The producers have stuck to the original concept of making Shrek appeal to an audience of all ages. Kids will love it as will adults and there are many bits aimed at the older viewer, such as turning the local bar in to a "hooters" bar and the introduction of Fiddlesworth. These are things that my nephew totally missed, and there is no reason he would pick up on them, as he was captivated by the film. It is great how the producers manage to create something for everyone in such a way that the little ones ask no questions.
Once again the animation and CGI is spot on and second to none. With exceptional attention to detail, bright vivid colours, realistic looking (I refer to the humans here) drawings, great backdrops and scenery and an appropriate soundtrack Dreamworks have developed a masterpiece that does the previous Shrek movies justice. With a third movie to produce I would have thought that Dreamworks would have run out of steam but this does not seem to be the case here.
As in the previous Shrek movies all the fairytale characters are present and many are given a much larger role. Watching Snow White, Rapunzel and the other princesses acting like a group of modern age women, and being bitchy and over the top, a bit like Desperate Housewives I guess, is actually quite funny and unexpected. The producers did a great job.
In addition we are introduced to a whole host of new characters including King Arthur, Gwenevere and Merlin amongst many others, all of whom are the opposite of how they have been depicted in previous cartoons and films. Once again, the Shrek "twist" has been applied with great results.
The story line appears to be spread out over a much larger cast of characters in this movie compared to the previous movies in the series. The main characters obviously take centre stage but the smaller parts are bigger. I think the additional characters have added a bit more depth to the film and made it more enjoyable.
All main characters are voiced by the same celebrity as in other Shrek movies as expected. This group of celebrities have become the "voices of Shrek and co" and to use anyone else wouldn't be right. In some respects this is good, but in others the producers are over a bit of a barrel here, especially if the celebrities start to demand a bit too much in the way of payment for their services.
Once again Donkey steals the show for me and is my favourite character by a mile. The voice of Eddie Murphy and the mannerisms and behaviour of Donkey are just a great combination. That said, Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Antonia Banderas and the rest of the actors all do a good job in bringing their respective characters to life and giving them their own unique personalities.
Shrek the third is funny, although not laugh out loud funny, with some great liners and scenes and interesting things going on in the background behind what the main characters are doing. However, in my opinion it is not as funny as the second movie in the Shrek saga, but it still managed to raise a few laughs.
Like the others in the saga Shrek the third rattles along a nice pace to keep the audience's attention. There is also so much going on and to take in whilst watching this movie that it never gets boring. I didn't start clock watching at all and was actually surprised how fast the time had gone by whilst watching this.
Overall Shrek the third is a good movie and well worth a watch and despite being a family film, it is one that I would happily watch with my nephew and his young mates, curled up on the settee with the other half or on a boozy night in with the lads (although there are other films I would suggest first in this scenario) and there aren't many family films I can say this about.
Any fan of the Shrek saga would like this movie, and although I don't think it is as funny or as the others in the series, it is worth a viewing.
Run time - 93 minutes
Certificate - PG
4 awards and 12 other nominations
I am a huge Shrek fan and particularly love Puss in Boots and Donkey. I even have stuffed talking Shrek, Donkey and Puss as well as all three DVDs. I bought this DVD without even seeing it. I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed.
Shrek and Shrek 2 were both brilliant. I think I loved Shrek 2 the best - mainly becuase of Puss, but Shrek the Third fell well short of the mark. The story was a bit stilted and drawn out. Having Charming again as the baddie seemed like a bit of a rehash of Shrek 2. There were elements that were very good, particularly the group of princesses at the baby shower and their fight scenes, but on the whole the film seemed like it had been hastily put together just to catch a few more dollars. It was all very cutesy with the babies, but non of the fun of the second or the first. Perhaps it was just a sequal too far. They are supposed to be doing a fourth called Shrek goes forth, it will have to be a whole lot better to impress than Shrek 3.
I don't think that enough use was made of both Donkey and Puss and the interaction between them. Perhaps they should have been the main focus of the story with Shrek and Fiona taking a back seat.
The difficulty here is that the films are made on two levels, for kids and adults and I think for the kids that maybe the film was enough, but for the adults there was not enough to keep us interested in the film. I have watched the film about 3 times and each time I think well that was ok, just ok whereas when I watch the other two I feel at lot more lifted and happy and watch the extras. I could not be bothered to watch the extras that came with this DVD.
Mind you this was still way better than some of the garbage that can come out of hollywood, but they need to do better next time.
Once 10pm strikes on a Saturday night I tend to loose interest in whatever is going to be on. Usually it's not very good and we don't have all of those hundreds of channels in our cable/digital package to pick from anyway. That's when the arguements begin as to what we're going to watch. Last night we had the choice of all the programmes we needed to watch on catch up or a film. Surprisingly enough after 10 minutes of intense bickering about why we shouldn't watch Star Wars (I was against it), Shrek was chosen.
In this third instalment we meet up again with the married couple, living for the time being, with Fiona's parents the King and Queen of Far Far Away. Unfortunately the Frog King is dying appointing Shrek as the new heir to the throne. Not exactly thrilled at this Shrek sets out, along with his faithful companions Puss and Donkey, to find another who is in line.
Meanwhile the familiar villain in the Shrek films, Prince Charming, is determined to become King and take Far Far Away for himself. Locking up princesses and getting help from Hook, The evil stepmother, Cyclops and other dodgy fairy tale characters all comes easily enough for him. The next step is just getting rid of the rightful heirs. Simple.
This is my favourite out of the 3 films, despite what others say it is far better than Shrek 2. You are already familiar with the characters Shrek, Donkey, Puss, Fiona and Charming but then you get a new mix coming in. The best of them being Merlin, Rapunzel and Mabel the ugly stepsister.
Then you have the voices behind the characters, new additions being Justin Timberlake, Eric Idle as Merlin and Ian McShane as Hook. Each of them seeming able to fit the characters they are playing.
The soundtrack is as good as ever. With music from Macy Gray and Harry Chapin as well as vocals from Rupert Everett, Eddie Murphay and Antonio Banderas.
Shrek the Third has something in it for most people. A lot of the jokes are visual but then you get the puns and the jabs at modern day TV programmes, shops and products.
I like the way in which they bought Charming back as a failing actor in cheap and poorly made plays. More or less performing what has happened to him only making him the hero and not Shrek. There is in fact already rumours about a 4th and 5th Shrek film.
Although I do like the princes characters I'm hoping that they don't find another way of getting him back into the next sequels. I feel that there is only so much you can do with a villain without it getting boring and repetitive.
I think that this is the most visually effective of the films, so if the graphics are this good then just think how much they're going to improve.
Overall I really enjoy watching this, despite the fact that I've only seen in twice I know it's one of those films which is going to take a long while for me to bore of. I think it provides more laughter than Shrek 2 managed and maybe even the first. You can still get this for about £5 on Amazon although I've noticed in a few shops that it's been put in the bargain bin sections so you never know. Might be able to get it cheaper that way.
It lasts just over 1hr 30 minutes so it's a bit of harmless funny and comic moments mixed in with the main storyline of finding a King.
Shrek 3 is apparently better than the previous two Shrek movies. I disagree and would say the first movie was better and that the characters have lost a bit of novelty however I would still say that this is an excellent family film.
The film follows on from the previous Shrek and starts with Shrek searching for a boy called Arthur because the King of Far Far Away has died and as Shrek is next in line but does not want to be King he tries to find Arty and convince him to be King as he is next in line after Shrek. In this film Prince Charming also tries to rule Far Far Away and Shrek has to think about becoming a father!
The characters and the actors are the same as the previous films and my favourite character has to be donkey as I find his voice hilarious! Shrek is played by Mike Myers, Fiona by Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy is Donkey and Puss in the Boots with many other funny characters including the Gingerbread Man, Pinocchio and the 3 Pigs.
This is a good addition to the series but I do wonder how long they can keep making new Shrek films as I am sure that the novelty and ideas must be running out! However this is still a funny film with the same great characters but I would say it is worse than the original. I think that this movie along with the other Shrek`s is best suited for kids but adults can enjoy them as well! The DVD is rated U so is suitable for everyone to watch and runs for roughly 90 minutes. I do wonder how long they can keep making these Shrek films and I think there is meant to be a Shrek 4 but I am not sure (maybe you can tell me in the comments : ) )
Overall this is a good Shrek film as is still funny with the same great characters but I think it is worse than the first one and children would enjoy it more than adults. If you have not seen the first Shrek I would recommend watching that first as that will probably mean this film will make more sense and that is also a better film all round!
After liking the previous Shrek films so much I just had to get this and I had very high expectations as a result. I bought the film for £10 from Asda but you can now get it for just £5 from Amazon which is a great deal for a film that will give you as much entertainment as this. It was released in Novemember 2007 and so is fairly recent and is classed as a children's DVD but I think it is universal in appeal and the comedy in the film will appeal to all.
The plot is about the third greatest fairytale ever told and it continues here with some excellent comedy and entertainment throughout. Shrek embarks on another epic adventure with his crew including Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots to try and find the right person for the throne. I really like how they have brought back the entire cast once again in this fantastic movie that will be enjoyed by the whole family. The plot line is as comic as ever and is sure to make you laugh.
I really liked how the DVD once again came with some very impressive sepecial features such as "Shrek's guide to parenthood" and "Merlin's Magic crystal ball" which really to add to the overall quality of the film and its entertainment value. I would really recommend getting this film if you liked the previous Shrek movies because this really is just as good. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
Claiming to be the best one yet however I'm not totally convinced that it beats the first one, maybe fil one was helped by the novelty factor whereas now you are far more familiar with the main characters. Don't get me wrong this is still an absolutely hilarious film which will have you laughing out loud and is far better than the competition it is just that I preferred the first one.
This film is excellent family entertainment as there is something in it for all ages. All of the main cast are back with Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as his wife Princess Fiona, Eddie Murphy as the fast talking Donkey and Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots. The four set out on a journey after the death of Fiona father in oder to find the real heir to Far Far Away Land.
The comedy timing in this film is superb and as ever the animation is top quality, it is amazing the level f consistency they have achieved overthe three films and I look forward to one day getting a box set of the films in the series as they are something that will be funny to future generations as well.
THe best one yet is what the Jonathan Ross TV show calls it and I have to agree, Shrek the Third was definitely my favourite film of all three, hilarious from start to end and a great film for all the family.
Don't get me wrong, I like the other two as well. Shrek is just a great cartoon that I think works really well because both kids and adults can find the jokes funny and appreciate the humour. They seem to have the same formula as the Simpsons, which appeals to all ages as well very cleverly. I think Shrek has also been such a success because it uses the fairytale angle with a lot of its characters and this is something that everyone still wants to believe in, fairytales and make believe, good over evil and happily ever after.
If you're not familiar with Shrek he is a giant green ogre who lives in a land called Far Far Away. In previous films you see him meet and marry his princess, Fiona and so far they are living happily ever after. Changes will occur to their everyday life that in the beginning Shrek is not completely ready for. Will he find his courage to look after Fiona and his new responsibilities? Shrek is voiced by Mike Myers (Austin Powers) and he does a really good job of putting on a very ogre like voice and making the character very real but very loveable at the same time. Fiona is voiced by Cameron Diaz and she does well too, living up to a beautiful princess stereotype, albeit that she is now a green ogre too!
The main plot of this movie sees Shrek and his friends embark on another hilarious journey. This sort of follows the same storylines as the other movies in that Shrek is on another madcap adventure and is seems that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Shrek's father in law dies and Shrek sets of to find the rightful heir to the throne of Far Far Away. Joining him on this task are the every present and faithful Donkey and Puss In Boots. If you love cats then Puss In Boots is definitely the character for you. At certain times he makes these cute cute pussy eyes that just make you want to squeeze him and not let him go because he is just so cute. Puss is played by Antonio Banderas and he almost plays a similar role to that of Zorro with a sword and his boots. He makes the cat very funny. Donkey is played by Eddie Murphy who is just mad and wild and the perfect person to play this role in my opinion. His donkey laugh is just infectious and makes everyone laugh.
The support characters in this movie are great and really bring the whole fairytale story to life. There are characters such as The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, The Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella and Snow White to name but a few. They are all just how you would imagine them to be brought to life and I think the film really does them justice.
The DVD is rated U so it is suitable for all to see. I would recommend this to any kids as it is really harmless, innocent fun and a great family movie. The film runs for approximately 89 minutes and the special features are a really good selling point of this DVD too. They include lots of fun things for kids to do such as Tournament Games, Merlin's Magic crystal Ball as well as the usual lost scenes, and technology of Shrek information.
I bought this DVD from ASDA yesterday because it was cheap, I love the Shrek series and I hadn't seen this one yet. As soon as I switched it on and the first scene played I couldn't stop laughing.
It kicks off from the last film and involves Shrek finding a boy called Arty or Arthur. The reason being this is because the King of Far Far Away has died and as Shrek is next in line to the throne he doesn't want to do it because he is an Ogre, Arty is the next heir. Prince Charming also maked his return in a new plot to become King. Shrek also has to contemplate becoming a father for the first time after Fiona makes her announcement.
The all star cast is an hilarious one and I absolutely love the line up. With Mike Myers (Shrek), Cameron Diaz (Fiona) and Eddie Murphy (Donkey) making their return they are joined by members from the last film Antonio Banderez (Puss In Boots), Rupert Everest (Prince Charming) and Julie Andrews (Queen of FFA/Fiona's Mother/Lillian). We also see a film debut from Justin Timberlake (Arthur/Arty).
The fairy tale creatures make their return, like Gingerbread Man, Three Pigs, Big Bad Wolf (Dressed in a pink nighty! HAHA) and Pinochio in another one of their hillarious quests to help Shrek. Four princesses in this film are actually amazing I think with Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White and Repunzel becoming lean mean fighting machines and their funny scenes with Fiona.
I put this in my best films list as its one of the best and most hilarious films I've seen with a plot that will keep you laughing for hours. It will make you waiting intensely for the next in the series, Shrek Goes Fourth.
It's not easy being an ogre, but Shrek finds it doubly difficult for an ogre like himself to fill in for a king when his father-in-law King Harold of Far, Far Away falls ill in this third Shrek movie. Shrek's attempts to fulfill his kingly duties play like a blooper reel, with boat christenings and knighting ceremonies gone terribly wrong, and to say that Shrek (Mike Myers) is insecure about his new role is a gross understatement. When King Harold (John Cleese) passes away, Shrek sets out with Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss-in-Boots (Antonio Banderas) to find Arthur (Justin Timberlake), the only heir in line for the throne besides himself. Just as Shrek sets sail to find Artie (as Arthur is more commonly known), Fiona (Cameron Diaz) shocks Shrek with the news that she's pregnant. Soon after, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) sends Captain Hook (Ian McShane) in pursuit of Shrek and imprisons Fiona and her fellow Princesses as part of his plan to install himself as King of Far, Far Away. Shrek finds an awkward Artie jousting with his high school classmate Lancelot (John Krasinski) and, while Artie is certainly no picture of kingliness, Shrek is determined to drag him back to Far, Far Away to assume the throne. Mishaps and comedy abound, including a spell gone wrong that locks Donkey and Puss-in-Boots inside one another's bodies. While Fiona and the other Princesses prove they're anything but helpless women, Artie and Shrek battle their own fears of inadequacy in a struggle to discover their own self-worth. In the end, Shrek, Artie, and Fiona each learn a lot about their individual strengths and what truly makes each of them happy. Of course, it's the pervasive humour and wit that make Shrek 3 so side-splittingly appealing. --Tami Horiuchi