Shrek The Third

Shrek The Third

The world-wide animation hit is looking for a hat-trick with this, the third of Dreamworks’ Shrek movies. When Shrek (Myers) married Princess Fiona (Diaz) in ‘Shrek 2’ he never wanted be King. But when his royal step-father suddenly carks it, he finds himself in line to take the throne. So Shrek and his gang, Donkey (Murphy) & Puss In Boots (Banderas) search the land for a suitable King. The most promising candidate is Fiona’s cousin Artie (Timberlake) – an underachieving slacker.

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this sucks.
you tell me information. all that you think i need to know.
but you didn't give me a time. me and my dad are going to the movies today, I NEED THAT TIME!!!!!

shrek the 3rd is the best movie made so far no 1 was boring
no 2 was da best and no 3 was un belivealey the BEST it wasent the only great movie bridge to terbinthia was the best as well but not as gud as shrek the 3rd thanx u to all thee ppl who helped make shrek the 3rd and good luke wif any otha movie

Just like Shrek 2, Shrek the Third manages to make every aspect of the previous film just a little bit worse, while completely missing the point of the original.

Think about it. Shrek 1? Smashing soundtrack that was being bandied about radio stations for months afterward. Shrek 2? That kinda cool song in the opening sequence, forget what it was called. Shrek 3... there was music?

Ditto for the humour. Shrek 1, a quirky and irreverent take on fairy tales. Shrek 2, a slightly lame... More expansion on said take, but at least with a new location. Shrek 3, constant, annoying cameo-ops for every single minor character introduced in the first two films, and yet more. The parodic equivalent of name-dropping... no, having a big, handsome jock called Lancelot really isn't that witty.

But worst and saddest of all... the chemistry. Shrek 1 had two great relationships going for it--Shrek and Donkey's reluctant buddyhood, and Shrek and Fiona's unconventional, but genuinely heartwarming love. Sadly, the former was diluted in Shrek 2 with the arrival of Puss, and the latter lacked any of the spark Fiona and Shrek had previously engendered. (No, bickering is not spark. Really). Come Shrek 3, Shrek and Donkey have just become two more characters in an ever-expanding, ever-shallower cast; and as for Shrek and Fiona, they have maybe two minutes onscreen together? If that!

All this said, there are a few moderately good moments in Shrek the Third. It was nice to see Fiona and her mother interacting a little more--Julie Andrews' Queen was delightfully sedate, and the mother-daughter relationship was believable. Likewise the mundane cattiness of Fiona's baby shower was sporadically cute, and the ending of the film (fulfilling the doom-laden prophecies of the single gals about the results of having kids) was both touching and hilarious. Sadly, those few highlights are the only good things about Shrek 3 that come to mind. The Ents? Nope. Singing frogs? Er, nope. Artie's weedy subplot? Definitely nope. The look-at-him-isn't-he-quirky Merlyn? Really nope!Hide

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It's always a gamble watching a sequel to a spectacular piece of cinema. Shrek 2 both surprised and relieved those who were worried. Unfortunately, Shrek the Third may well have killed the franchise. Dreamworks would have been better off dumping this sequel and starting from scratch. This one lacks the story, fun, witty dialogue, and vibrant magic of the first two. Rent this when it comes to DVD if you must. It's simply not worth a family outing. What a shame.

Satisfactory, if not more, for the Shrek fan.

The Press Reviews

  • Much of the bite and a good deal of the wit of the first two films are missing here. The rude send-up of beloved fairy tale conventions remains -- somewhat -- but these playful jabs no longer come as pleasing surprises. You expect them. And you expect better... Full Review

  • The Shrek films have always referenced Hollywood, and in Shrek the Third there is a nod to theatrical dramatics and Monty Python-style comedy. The humour seems to be aimed more at adults, which is good news for those being dragged along by their children, and even though it's disappointing, there's still plenty to smile at... Full Review

  • 1/2 It's just a spectacularly lazy movie that's content to trod the same well-worn ground as its predecessors... Full Review

  • This instalment has the elements we've grown to love - lots of knowing and silly jokes for young and old, animation so good we don't notice it - but with slightly less cohesion than its predecessors. Perhaps it's because New Zealand director Andrew Adamson has stepped aside to do the writing, leaving a couple of newbie "co-directors" to pull it all together... Full Review

  • 1/2 After the flawed but hugely entertaining new instalments of Pirates of the Caribbean and Spiderman, Shrek's third outing comes as something of a disappointment. Sure the animation is first-class, but the joke quota is much reduced and fails to cover the paper-thin plot. With Kiwi director Andrew Adamson, who directed the first two instalments, tied up in Narnia, rookie directors Chris Miller and Raman Hui _ a former story artist and supervising animator respectively _ struggle to give Shrek 3 the same heart and hearty humour... Full Review

  • After a buoyantly funny first half-hour, stylish animated comedy takes a breather before ramping it up again for a rambunctious, girrrl-power finale that provides a convenient springboard for further adventures to come... Full Review