A film review by Sean O’Connell – Copyright 2007 filmcritic.com
I’ve never understood what children see in Shrek. Hardly a role model, the selfish and ornery ogre voiced perfectly by Mike Myers wears a defeated, sour puss only a mother could love. He constantly belittles his best friend, Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and guards his affections for true love Fiona (Cameron Diaz) with well-honed sarcasm.
And yet, the Shrek machine — marketing factions included — makes money hand over fist as the franchise exploits ancient fairy tales children no longer read and spins timely jokes from pop-culture references kids couldn’t hope to understand.
The creative team piloting Shrek’s animated adventures has always aimed over the heads of young audience members in hopes of amusing the parents in the theater. But this latest sequel Shrek the Third abandons kids altogether to invent a marginally paranoid but enjoyable comedy rooted in the psychological terror associated with entering adulthood. Seven credited screenwriters polish a story only parents can appreciate, though most moms and dads will miss half the movie because they’ll be explaining jokes and themes to their befuddled youngsters.
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