Las Vegas Film Society

Shrek

Animation/Fantasy
PG
Mild language/crude humor
Directed by: Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson
Written by: William Steig & Ted Elliot
Voices: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
John Lithgow

One of the best kind of movies is animation. So far the leader of animation movies has been Disney. With the release of Shrek, Dreamworks is climbing on top of Disney and giving them some great competition. The other thing that makes an animated movie great, is making the movie appealing to kids and adults. You can have cute and likable characters for the kids and humor for the adults. The type of humor that adults understand, but goes over the young one's heads.

Shrek (Mike Myers), which was originally suppose to be voiced by Chris Farley, but due to his death, he couldn't finish the already recorded dialogue. Shrek is an ogre, who appears to be fearsome, but turns out to be a sweet, lonely creature. Shrek lives in a fractured fairy tale land, much like the tales from Rocky & Bullwinkle. When Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) banishes all the fairy tale creatures to Shrek's swamp, Shrek goes to reason with Farquaad with the help of his trusty steed, Donkey (Eddie Murphy).

Once Shrek and Donkey go to reason with Farquaad, he tells them, that the only way to get Shrek's swamp back is to rescue the beautiful princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz).

Shrek is a very funny and enjoyable film. Where Shrek should be the funny and most loved one, Donkey comes out ahead. Eddie Murphy brings great character to his part. The movie should probably be called, "Donkey". The movie also uses great satire with the fairy tales. There were a lot of great moments with the Gingerbread Man, and with the Magic Mirror. They also parody a couple of movies, including Matrix and Charlie's Angels. There is also a great poke at Disneyland and at Disney chief Michael Eisner. Supposedly Farquaad is said to be inspired by Eisner! All in all, GREAT HUMOR! If you didn't laugh at this movie, then you defiantly don't have a sense of humor!

The movie was only 90 minutes long, and I loved this movie so much, that I wanted it to last longer. Since it's generally a kid's film, you have to cut it at about the 90 minute mark. There could have been so much more fairy tales to satire, but maybe they're saving some for a sequel.

Some credit should also be given to the animation. While the animation was different and unique, it also seemed a little unreal looking in the human parts, but it still works. I loved the way it looked!

Even though this is targeted for kids, we know who the film is really for, US, the adults. The movie may be a little scary at first for kids, due to a scene with a dragon, but soon gets toned down. There is also some mild toilet humor, which in some movies, would have been terrible, but works in this one.

This movie is defiantly not a disappointment, and will be loved by all ages. It even has a nice message in the end, which is nice to see in a kid's film. A MUST SEE SUMMER MOVIE!

-John Steffens


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