Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Shrek 2

SHREK 2: OK, guys, I know everyone in the world seems to think the original SHREK was one of the best comedies of all time, but I wasn't one of them. One thing that was clubbed over my head a thousand times in the original was how smart-ass everything was; look at how smart and hip we are, we show disdain for nearly everything and we don't mind steppin' on ANYONE's toes, huh huh HUH! It certainly had some good moments. I usually enjoyed the non-speaking moments, sight gags, etc. Again, we have Mike Myers as the ogre Shrek, again spouting a Scottish accent and just asking to get smacked in the nads somewhere, as all Mike Myers films have him go through (even if he's animated or in a ton of cat makeup...the joke has now become such a staple that you can guess when it's going to happen). The story revolves around the fairy godmother, this time a cynical modern-day opportunist, trying to make things right by ruining Shrek's marriage to Fiona and getting her son, Prince Charming, the original would-be rescuer, into Fiona's arms. There are a lot of plot points and scheming I could get into here, "But is it funny?" is what you'd be asking me. It's almost entirely like the first SHREK, catching references and going for the pratfalls. Once again, the sight gags make most of the laughs here, and Antonio Banderas as Puss-In-Boots is quite good (the character infuses some much-needed life before the movie enters the second half). If you loved SHREK, then of course you're going to find this superb. Perhaps I've become even too cyncical for these types of movies, because they generally bore me now. Too much wink-wink nudge-nudge. Say no more.


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