Shrek Forever After is the fourth and final Shrek film and the first one to be directed by Mike Mitchell. It stars the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, Julie Andrews and John Cleese.
Shrek (Mike Myers) should be happy – he has everything he ever wanted. He married the love of his life, Fiona (Cameron Diaz), he has three kids. His best friend Donkey (Eddie Murphy) comes over regularly. But the routine of it all, and the tourists on Star Tours, wear Shrek down. Out of desperation he makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) – Shrek gets one day as a regular, frightening oger, and Rumpel gets one day from his childhood. But Rumpel has ulterior motives, of course, and takes the day Shrek was born – which means that he was never born at all. Now Shrek has only 24 hours to find Fiona, make her fall in love with him and share true love’s kiss to break the deal.
There is nothing technically wrong with Shrek Forever After. But something crucial seems to be lacking from the film. And in the end, it leaves you feeling a little unsatisfied.
As I said before, there’s nothing actually wrong with the film. Mike Mitchell continues the honored tradition of cramming more references into five minutes of Shrek than into a dissertation and the humor pretty much stays the same too.
And yet, you suffer from the feeling Shrek does: you got what you wanted but it doesn’t feel right. Something is missing.
It might be that the movie is one big meta joke about monotony and routine. But then again, this would require a level of genius that I don’t think this movie has.
Nevertheless, the film was entertaining and there were some really good laughs. The world looks stunning, as usual, even though the 3D was completely unnecessary.
Summarising: If you liked the first three movies, you’re going to like this one. But you might feel like something’s missing, just like I did.