Shrek Forever After (Mike Mitchell, 2010) Review
Tired of his perfect life as a father ogre, Shrek signs a deal with Rumpelstiltskin. The terms of his deal is that Shrek has to give one day of his life to Rumpel to be able to live a day where he can be real ogre again.
The plot seems like a modern day adaptation of Goethe's Faust. But, the comparison the greatest German writer of all time stops at feels like... For the best adaptation of this play see F.W. Murnau's Faust: an underated masterpiece.
Well, it is always time to stop after three films. Look at Indiana Jones for example... The last Shrek is not all that bad but it has many weakness. Especially when it comes to the story. We have already seen how Shrek seduced Fiona and how he became friend with Donkey, Puss, etc. Here it's this story again and again.
The story, like the character itself, is kind of tired and besides it's gentle humour it doesn't brings nothing new to the genre. The first films were funny and refreshing in their way of revisiting the fairytales and Disney classics. Now, it feels like self parody. On the plus side some jokes are excellent and efficient but it's not enough to make up for the lack of plot.
A Review by Michaël Parent