'Shrek Forever After' - Not too shabby

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*** 1/2

The first thing I need to say about “Shrek Forever After” is it didn’t suck. Thank God. My mom thought it would stink and my sister, Carol didn’t even go with us. But surprise, the final Shrek movie is well plotted, better written and more laugh inducing. It brings back some of the magic of the first two films.

It’s been three years since we last saw these characters on the big screen. Shrek (Mike Myers) has been trying to keep himself sane with three babies to take care of. While he is on the verge of insanity, his wife, Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is a bit calmer about the whole situation. To add to all of this, Shrek must deal with the always-talking Donkey (Eddie Murphy,) his three mutant donkey dragon babies, and publicity from villagers who were previously frightened of him. At his children’s first birthday party, Shrek breaks down and tells Fiona that he wants the life he had before marrying her.

This makes him the perfect target for Rumpelstiltskin, who wants to have revenge on Shrek for rescuing Fiona and thus getting her parents (Julie Andrews and John Cleese) not to sign Far Far Away over to him. (You’ll have to see the movie to get this.) He gets Shrek into his caravan and after a few drinks of some kind Shrek signs a contract that will make him feel like a real ogre again for a day in exchange for one random day of his former life.

Contract signed, this works, and for a while, everything seems great. But soon, our hero discovers that the random day Rumple exchanged was the day Shrek was born. Therefore, Donkey doesn’t know him, Fiona isn’t married to him, and Rumple is the king of Far Far Away, enslaving dozens of ogres via witches by the hour. Fiona is the leader of a resistance made up of all the un-captured ogres against the diminutive tyrant. Shrek joins this green brigade in order to get Fiona to fall in love with him again, thus making the contract null and void. Also working on Fiona’s side is the very overweight bootless Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) .

There were a lot more laughs in this movie than the last one. There’s a scene where Rumplestiltskin pours water on one of his witch minions and she melts, just like the witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” The element of music is also present in the film (it was almostnon-existent in “Shrek the Third”) and it’s better then ever.

If there is one bad thing about this movie, it’s that they don’t tell us what happened to Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother (who died at the end of the second movie, but would that have happened had Shrek not been born?) Other then that, “Shrek Forever After” is a funny movie that makes up for the previous film being so bad.

So forget the turd called “Shrek the Third” and take in the final adventure of everyone’s favorite green, Scottishly-voiced ogre.

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