Shrek the Third (2007)
Directed by: Chris Miller & Raman Hui
Written by: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Chris Miller & Aron Warner, from the book Shrek! by William Steig
Voices: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Justin Timberlake, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews, Eric Idle, Larry King, John Cleese
Okay den, latest (but apparently not final) installation in the Shrek series.
In this one, the King of Far, Far Away dies and our hero, not really king material, has to go get Arthur, the only other heir to the throne. In his absence, the evil Prince whatever, Charming, takes over the kingdom with all his evil friends and cohorts.
Keeps up the high standards of animation and has enough funny stuff in it to keep me moderately amused throughout.
They seem to be trying a little too hard though, I dunno. I don't really remember that much about the last two Shreks, but I don't remember there being that much uplifting moral stuff either.
I think three movies is almost too long to keep up a good vibe (as Alien 3, Halloween: Season of the Witch and At World's End demonstrate). It starts to wear a little thin, get a little distorted. Especially when it comes to something as popular as this (or any of the movies mentioned above).
It gets a little self conscious or something. A little preoccupied with keeping up the feeling, and being better than the last two.
But anyway, it's not bad (unlike Alien 3 and Halloween: Season of the Witch, both of which were pieces of crap). It's entertaining enough, and would probably keep kiddiliwinks amused. If it amuses me, it'll amuse them. My sense of humour hasn't really advanced much since the age of eight.
And of course it's full of pop-culture references and hip, happening music (was it just me, or did I hear the Eels in there a couple of times?), which makes triviaheads like myself feel really good.
Still, not particularly looking forward to another one. Sure, I'd watch it, but four movies is really too much. I'm sorry. It just is. There should be a limit.