Two ogres in love, with mud as a bath, two sidekicks on route, with purring surprise:
I like the fact that this film is about the importance of being yourself: both in terms of personality, and in terms of appearance. Shrek starts his married life by putting his foot down, and being dragged off to meet the in-laws. This meeting does not go well - as King Harold takes an instant dislike (even hiring an assassin - to take care of Shrek). Shrek soon finds himself pondering over his role within the Kingdom of Far Far Away, eventually leading him to read Princess Fiona's diary (a bad idea), as he realises that he's no Prince Charming. My three favourite (comedy) scenes are: when eating dinner around the table (as Shrek and King Harold fight it out over the food, with both coughing at the mention of children), when Shrek wears the clothes from the stage coach that they hold-up (as I nearly fell off the sofa when Donkey and Puss in Boots are creased up in hysterics, rolling around on the floor) and when Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots have been captured (as Puss in Boots says that he must hold-on before he to goes totally mad, only to lookup, and see a talking Pinocchio - too late!). I like the way that the character Puss in Boots is portrayed: two glowing eyes (in a dark room), with a calm Spanish accent, looking so cute (in his boots and hat), he's soppy eyes (causing you to loose yourself), yet unafraid to get his claws out! I also like the unexpected ways, in which both Prince Charming, and the Fairy Godmother, have been portrayed - as I feel that they add to the magic of the storyline (especially with the Fairy Godmother and her diet: turning to junk food whenever something goes wrong!). I also find it amusing with the connection between various comical names and their modern counterparts, for example: The Poison Apple (a seedy pub), Friar's Fat Boy (a fast-food restaurant/drive-by), Versarchery (a stylised armour/clothing out-let), Farbucks Coffee (no guesses there) and the Wheel of Torture (a popular game show). I agree with the idea that you are more defined by your personality, rather than your appearance: even when Shrek goes to great lengths to become more like Prince Charming, Princess Fiona is able to tell that Prince Charming is not her Shrek (as he's not acting like himself). I found it ironic when its revealed that King Harold is actually a frog - especially when he disapproved of Shrek so much (in the first place). Overall: I find the storyline of this film to be very engaging, and I especially enjoy the animation towards the end of the film, when Mongo (aka the giant gingerbread man) makes his appearance. This scene is further enhanced by the use of the song I Need a Hero!, which really does make me feel as though I can accomplish anything!
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