Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Shrek Ends Chapter with Forever After

The lovable ogre, Shrek, will have its last big screen appearance this year in Forever After. The film will be released in the US on May 21 and in the UK on July 2. (See more release dates here.) The cast (Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, etc) from the previous movies will reprise their roles.

In Forever After, Shrek has become bored of his domesticated life and longs for the days when felt like a real ogre. Shrek is however tricked into a signing a pact with Rumplestiltskin that sends him into an alternate world where ogres are hunted, the dealmaker is king, and Shrek and Fiona never met.

There used to be a fifth movie planned but was scrapped. I'm guessing the plot would be stretched far too thin to the point of becoming superfluous and tedious. Shrek dealing with his kids as teenagers, anyone? With a little bit of googling, I found out that the story is actually a prequel telling how Shrek arrived in the swamp. It's hardly any better than my guess.

Well, ending the story in Forever After isn't really surprising since the last film wasn't a hit among critics and fans alike. It is nonetheless disappointing to see another franchise ending.

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