|SHREK 2 (2004)|
|"Donkey, you HAVE the right to remain silent. What you lack, is the capacity."|
|Time: 93 mins.|
Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.
For those of you who loved SHREK, prepare to laugh even harder. The sequel jinx doesnít apply here, as those who brought you the green ogre you canít help but love pull out all the comedy stops this time around. Since the characters are already established, the story begins with gusto as newlyweds Shrek (Myers) and Princess Fiona (Diaz) deal with their first dilemma as ogre and wife: meeting her parents. Granted, this isnít the most original storyline, but the filmmakers make the most of the conflict, which is ripe with potential given the fact that this is an animated tale in a fantasy world. Clearly, her new husband, who was supposed to break the spell and return her permanently into a human princess, and her parents, the King (Cleese) and Queen (Andrews) of Far Far Away donít have much in common. Shrek and the King take an immediate dislike to each other, leaving Fionaís loyalty torn between her past and her present. When the real Prince Charming (Everett) finally arrives with his mum the Fairy Godmother (Saunders) at his side, Fiona begins to wonder if becoming the wife of an ogre was the best decision she could have made for her future.
Needless to say, various forces work to split up our happy couple, resulting in some wacky and hilarious misadventures that you have to see to believe. Though the plot may tread through familiar waters, the screenwriters and actors make it a truly emotional and heartfelt journey of self-discovery and true love. Well, as much as they can with cartoons. Myers and Diaz recapture the magic of their charactersí unusual romance, which gives both films their heart and charm. Murphy and Banderas battle for the Funniest Sidekick Award, with each attempting to upstage the other at every turn; however, Banderasís Puss in Boots wins the war. He brings the perfect mixture of danger and sexiness to this soulful cat whose realistic mannerisms will have you bursting with laughter.
The quick pacing and brilliant animation should keep most kids amused, but let there be no mistake, this film was made with adults in mind. The up-to-the-minute pop culture references fly by at warp speed with many that will assuredly go over the heads of those under a certain age, but kept me tickled from start to finish. The filmís message basically to love yourself and the one youíre with for who they really are is a bit simplistic, but this is a tale for kids after all. The plot begins to drag a bit towards the end as the Fairy Godmotherís attempts to keep Shrek and Fiona apart wear a bit thin, especially since we know her plans arenít going to work. Fortunately, Myers and the rest of the gang are so hilarious the story never lags for very long. Nobody ever said finding happily ever after was easy, but in this case it sure is funny. Fans of the first will not be disappointed. Those of you who missed out, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon. Without a doubt, SHREK 2 is one of the best films youíll see this year.