Shrek 5: The Divorce (Fake Movie Collab (ChessPiece))
Shrek 5: The Divorce is an animated musical fantasy black comedy tragedy crossover film. It stars the main cast of the Shrek series (Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Fiona, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, and Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots), but adds new voice actors to the mix, such as voice actors for the teenage triplets (Thomas Middleditch as Fergus, Clark Duke as Fargle, and Emma Roberts as Felicia), Bill Hader as Shrek's divorce lawyer, Laura Dern as Fiona's divorce lawyer, and Zach Woods as Shrek's long-lost brother Drek. The film is directed by Andrew Adamson, known for the first two Shrek films, and will be released sometime in 2021.
Shrek and Fiona, now the king and queen of Far, Far Away, struggle through a grueling divorce that pushes them, their friends, his visiting brother Drek, and their triplet children to their limits.
Why It Sucks
- It attempts to be an animated re-hash of Marriage Story, with Shrek and Fiona filling in Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson's roles respectively, but doesn't succeed in any way. They even got Laura Dern to play the lawyer again!
- It is also a ripoff of Despicable Me 3, as Shrek's brother Drek shows up unexpectedly and adds nothing to the plot other than being a "cooler version of Shrek."
- For a film using a children's franchise, the content is surprisingly dark:
- Shrek physically and verbally abuses Fiona multiple times.
- Felicia runs off with the wrong crowd at her school and does "fantasy drugs" with them.
- Fargle tries to kill himself multiple times (luckily, Fergus and Donkey stop him).
- Fiona has affairs with multiple people, including Prince Charming (no longer voiced by Rupert Everett), Lord Farquaad, and both her and Shrek's lawyers.
- There is an abysmal joke about Fiona being "Bi-Shrexual," uttered once Shrek walks in on her having sex with her female divorce lawyer.
- The teenage versions of the triplets are rather unlikable characters as you can't really sympathize with them, and have no personality aside from being standard archetypes (Fergus is a typical pretentious nerd, Fargle is a typical emo teenager, and Felicia is a former popular girl who becomes a drug addict).
- Product placement and unnecessary pop culture references, about as much as the third and fourth Shrek movies had.
- Fargle and Felicia steal Fiona's credit card and go shopping at Ye Olde Hot Topic, even buying tickets for a concert by Farge's favorite band, My Alchemical Romance.
- Shrek apparently got an honorary doctorate from the "University of the Phoenix," a phony medeival university, after the events of Forever After.
- There are a group of villagers who say they get their news "from the Fox," a talking fox who falsely accuses Shrek, a clear reference to FOX News and their lies.
- There is even a reference to "Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life," an infamous YouTube meme. People even refer to Shrek as the "Ogrelord" at one point.
- The fairy tale creatures (Pinocchio, Gingy, the Three Little Pigs, etc.) are rather pointless, as they barely contribute anything to the plot.
- Everyone acts out-of-character - especially Shrek and Fiona, for the darker tone.
- The film has too many characters and plots that it seems somewhat unfocused.
- There are meaningless swear words in the script, which are only added for shock value.
- The animation is still good.
- Drek, in particular, looks good as a skinny, sharp-featured version of Shrek.
- Drek is a likable character and works as the mediator between Shrek and Fiona and a kind uncle to the triplets.
- There are a couple funny comic relief scenes, mostly through Puss, Donkey, and other fairytale creatures.
- It's at least better than Shrek the Third, even if it's surprisingly dark.
- Though weaker than Rupert Everett's voice, Dermot Mulroney (the straight Rupert Everett) does a decent job taking over as Prince Charming.
- Bringing back Fairy Godmother and Lord Farquaad was a nice touch.
- The new voice actors, especially Bill Hader, Clark Duke, and Zach Woods, are good and well-cast.
- It reunited Thomas Middleditch and Zach Woods after Silicon Valley.