Movie Reviews | May 19th, 2004
Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders, Cody Cameron, Larry King, Conrad Vernon
Written By: J. David Stem, Joe Stillman, David N. Weiss
Directed By: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
I loved the first Shrek movie and I loved this one a lot as well! I had to see it twice just to pick up on all the references. If you loved the first movie, like I do, than you’ll enjoy this flick equally or even more!
“He picked through my garbage, scratched me while I was sleeping, and ate up the blind mice in the hallway, THAT’S A BAD PUSSY!” Shrek 2 starts off with Prince Charming talking about his journey to save the Princess Fiona from the dragon, and have her become his true love, but finds out she got married already. Shrek and Fiona start their marriage together but get interrupted by the annoying Donkey, but then get interrupted by a message from Fiona’s parents. The parents don’t know that she’s a full time Ogre now and married to Shrek but she still wants to see her parents. They get to the kingdom of far far away and let’s say they don’t get welcomed with open arms.
The King and Shrek argue and fight back and forth about Fiona, and then Shrek gets into fights with Fiona. The King secretly has a deal with the Fairy Godmother who wants her son, Prince Charming to be king someday and be married to a changed Fiona. So the King hires an assassin to kill Shrek, but that doesn’t exactly happen. I had to see Shrek 2 twice mainly because the first time I saw the movie, little snot nosed kids were crying and talking really loud and I missed half the stuff in the movie.
PLUS the theater sound was extremely low, and the picture was blurry. My brother and I, and a lot of other people, complained numerous times and it finally got better with only a half hour left in the movie. I probably would have gone to see it twice if I didn’t experience problems because Shrek 2 is just as good as the first movie, maybe even better. Shrek 2 is the kind of movie where it’s appealing to both kids and adults, but I tend to think the movie is more adult oriented because the kids won’t get half the jokes in there. They just want to see a talking donkey and they are happy.
The movie doesn’t really get GREAT until they met up with Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas). The parts before that were okay, but this is where the movie shines. Puss in Boots just stole the whole movie I think. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do some sort of spin-off with his character in the future. Every line he said, I’d crack up at. Plus he’s just so adorable and cute. In the trailers, you think Puss is gonna be the same size as shrek or this giant cat, but he’s this little tiny, actual size cat. Donkey is back to his annoying self, but I can’t help myself and I just laugh at his annoying habits. Still my favorite characters are the Gingerbread Man, and Pinocchio and that group of fairy tale characters. I wish they were featured more in the movie this time. They were towards the end, which was the best parts of the movie in my opinion.
I just love the scene where Fairy Godmother (Absolutely Fab’s Jennifer Saunders) is singing some Bonnie Tyler and Mongo and the gang is coming to the rescue. “…BE GOOD.” You’ll get the reference when you see the movie. Kind of a double reference too. I think the other favorite scene in the movie is when Shrek, Donkey and Puss get arrested and were featured on a Cops spoof, Knights and Puss ends up having something that the Knights take away. Brilliant. That’s a joke kids won’t understand for awhile. Or maybe, depending on which type of kids are seeing this haha. The graphics looks freakin’ excellent once again. I was just in awe of the surroundings, and how real some of the human characters looked. Some of their facial expressions were just dead on, and looked awesome. The only problem I think still needs work is mouth movement. The mouths don’t go along with the dialogue sometimes. Also, the soundtrack featured Pete Yorn covering the Buzzcock’s “Ever Fallen In Love” and does an amazing version of that song, and also Nick Cave is featured on the soundtrack, and sort of in the movie as a Hook wielding piano player. Shrek 2 is just as good as the first movie. It still has that humor that adults and kids will enjoy, jokes aimed at Disney and other movie franchises, and likable characters with a great plot.
DEFINITELY go out and see Shrek 2 when you can. And I can’t wait for Shrek 3 & 4, which are already in development stages.
Favorite Scenes: when Shrek, Donkey and Puss get arrested and were featured on a Cops spoof, Knights and Puss ends up having something that the Knights take away haha. Brilliant. That’s a joke kids won’t understand for awhile. Or maybe, depending on which
Running Time: 93 minutes