Shrek Forever After
Shrek Forever After is the fourth installment in the Shrek movie series and the sequel to Shrek the Third.
Having become weary of his duties as a family man and celebrity, Shrek wishes to go back to being a "real ogre". When he comes across the conniving Rumpelstiltskin, Shrek gets his wish in exchange for the day he was born, and is transported to an alternate Far Far Away where he never met Fiona and ogres are hunted like prey, and he must find away to nullify the contract to restore the world and reclaim his true love.
- The plot basically just recycles and copies most of the stuff from the first film, along with ripping-off GMW, GMW and Disney’s GMW.
- The idea of adding in more ogres just makes Shrek less of a special kind of character.
- Rumpelstiltskin’s plan to erase Shrek from existence is quite dark for a kids' film.
- There is a major continuity error where Rumpelstiltskin made an appearance in the previous film as he has a completely different appearance, personality, and even voice actor.
- While the other Shrek films had their fairy-tale moments, this one just doesn’t feel like a fairy tale-esque movie at all and feels more like a "War against society"-style movie.
- Rumpelstiltskin's voice is very cringe worthy to listen to, and it wastes the talent of Walter Dohrn.
- Like Shrek the Third, Shrek and Fiona’s kids add absolutely nothing to the plot other than just being a typical “happy ending”.
- There is very inappropriate dialogue such as "I'm being ass-napped!" and the infamous "My donkey fell in your waffle hole" line.
- The movie is more flat than Shrek the Third as everyone acts like a jerk to Shrek in the parallel universe (though to be fair, the alternate world did take place in the time everyone was still hateful toward ogres, like in the first film).
- Unexplained plot holes: If Shrek were able to get his life back and had never met all the other ogres, then why do they all appear at the end of the film?
- The characters are more flanderized, out-of-character, and unlikable, especially Shrek himself, even more than in Shrek The Third.
- Some of the jokes are a bit cruel, like the one where Shrek tries to ask Gingy where Rumpelstiltskin is right before Puss in Boots EATS HIM.
- On the topic of this, some jokes also make no sense like the one where Shrek wanted to tell Rumpelstiltskin to take away the day he met Donkey.
- It totally ignores the events from the previous film. On top of this, neither Arthur Pendragon or Merlin make an appearance, or are even mentioned.
- The baby ogre cries are extremely annoying, even more than they were in Shrek The Third.
- The song "Happy Birthday Bash" is way too fast and annoying.
- There is yet another high kill count in this film, like when Rumpelstiltskin throws water into a witch's face, thus causing her to melt, and when Fiona uses her powerful singing to blow up Fifi at the end.
- There’s a scene where Shrek acts way too mean-spirited and out-of-character by saying that his life was better before he saved Fiona, his wife, and to add insult or injury, he said it to her face.
- Everyone is irritating, as they start worshiping Shrek, loudly talking to him all at once and constantly bothering him all at the same time.
- There is bizarre writing that is all over the place and weird at times.
- Its often reliant on unessasary and poor gross-out humor.
- Horrid pacing that switches a lot, when more than in the previous movie.
- It overuses a lot of movie clichés.
- Great animation that is a massive step up from the first three films.
- Decent voice acting, thanks to the case reprising their roles from the last three films.
- There are some funny moments here and there like Donkey saying "Try Lou's bliss!".
- Weezer's cover version of "I'm a Believer" is pretty decent.
- Even if it's flawed, it's at least a bit of improvement over Shrek the Third.
- Rumpelstilskin and the Pied Piper are entertaining antagonists in their own ways.
- One of the ogres, Cookie, is an enjoyable character.
- Decent musical score, and the song choices aren't as questionable like in Shrek The Third.
- It's a nice send-off for Shrek, although the franchise will be getting a reboot.
- Arthur and Lord Farquaad were originally going to appear in this film; Arthur as King of Far Far Away (and abusing his powers), and in the alternate world, Arthur would've still been in high school, and Farquaad as Lord of Duloc in the alternate world.