Life Far Far Away
Shrek the Third
Review by Ross Anthony

The first 15 minutes of this picture had me rolling in the aisles. The incredible and careful animation of the frog-king had me in stitches. It felt so good to laugh that hard. Almost baroque with all its comedic adornment, at its most intricate, many scenes deserve to be re-seen in order to appreciate all that juicy detail.

Ah, but that uproarious ball of fun and games rather promptly rolls into a more story centric second act that ironically gives relief from comedy. That's not to say it's terribly boring, just a bit scarce on the chuckle. Sort of like a bowl of "Lucky Charms" cereal without the charms. And any gags in this section, just don't seem to strike the funny bone with much resonance. Oddly, despite a very simple story line, the film still gets by, floats into the third act where again the deeper laughs reprise.

I especially enjoyed the inclusion and choice of modern pop/rock music to give the picture a bit of an A Knight's Tale edge and at the same time bite with a comedic coupling. Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die," with the passing of the frog-king, will tickle you. But, the Led Zeppelin tune that comes screeching from Snow White will bust your gut. Anyway, it cracked me up.

This film screened at a Edwards/Regal Cinema.

  • Shrek the Third. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake, Ian McShane, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris.
  • Directed by Chris Miller.
  • Screenplay by Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Chris Miller, Aron Warner. Based on the book by William Steig.
  • Produced by Aron Warner at Paramount/DreamWorks/PDI

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4) (Do you agree? Scroll down and speak up!)

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