Shrek Forever After
Shrek Forever After, previously promoted as Shrek: The Final Chapter, is the fourth installment in the Shrek movie series and the sequel to Shrek the Third. Produced by GMW and distributed by Paramount Pictures, the film was released in the United States in May 21, 2010.
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 a way to nullify the contract to restore the world and reclaim his true love.
- The plot basically steals elements from not only the first film, but as well as GMW, GMW and the Disney animated movie GMW. Not only that, the film contains several movie clichés.
- 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.
- While the previous three 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.
- The film contains very inappropriate dialogue such as "I'm being ass-napped!" and the infamous "My donkey fell in your waffle hole" line.
- Unexplained plot holes: if Shrek was never born, then whatever happened to the previous villains of the franchise, Farquaad in particular?
- There are several problems with the characters:
- Everyone is irritating, as they start worshiping Shrek, loudly talking to him all at once and constantly bothering him all at the same time.
- Rumpelstiltskin is very inconsistent with his appearance in the previous film, since he has a completely different appearance and personality, and his voice is even different. His voice is also very cringe-worthy to hear.
- Everyone in the parallel universe is unlikable and acts like a jerk to Shrek (though to be fair, the parallel universe did take place in the time everyone was still hateful toward ogres, like in the first film).
- Just like in Shrek the Third, Shrek and Fiona's children add absolutely nothing to the plot other than to serve as a typical "happy ending."
- Some of the jokes and humor are unnecessary, disgusting, and a bit cruel, like the one where Shrek tries to ask Gingy where Rumpelstiltskin is right before Puss in Boots eats him alive.
- In particular, 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, even though that is probably a good thing. On top of this, Arthur Pendragon and Merlin don't seem to even exist anymore and aren't even mentioned.
- The baby ogre cries are even more annoying than in Shrek the Third.
- There is 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.
- The song "Happy Birthday Bash" is way too fast and annoying.
- There is yet another absurdly high kill count in this film, like when Rumpelstiltskin throws some water at a witch's face, which causes her to melt, and when Fiona uses her powerful singing to cause Fifi to explode in the end.
- There is bizarre writing that is all over the place and weird at times.
- The film contains horrid pacing that switches a lot, even more than in the previous movie.
- The film has a lot of respect for the franchise, the first film especially.
- Great animation that is an improvement from the first three films.
- Decent voice acting, thanks to the cast, like Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy reprising their roles from the last three films.
- Most of the dubs, interestingly, also reprise their roles from the last three films; Brazilian Portuguese (Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots, Queen Lilian, King Harold, Magic Mirror, Pinocchio, Big Bad Wolf), European Portuguese (Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Queen Lilian, etc.), European Spanish (Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, etc.), French (Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Puss in Boots, Pinocchio, Gingerbread Man, etc) and Italian (Shrek, Donkey, etc.).
- 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 is flawed, the film is at least a bit of improvement over Shrek the Third.
- The birthday party scene is delightfully hectic and a good metaphor for what Shrek the Third had diluted the franchise into: loud, annoying and childish, and what really drives it home is how it takes place in what used to be the dark and seedy Poison Apple bar.
- Rumpelstilskin and the Pied Piper are entertaining antagonists in their own ways.
- One of the ogres, Cookie, is a likable character.
- Decent musical score and the song choices aren't as questionable as in Shrek The Third.
- The main characters from the predecessors are still likable and put in a new and original light, Fiona in particular where we see how life locked up in a tower has affected and traumatized her.
- It is a nice send-off for Shrek, although the franchise will be getting a reboot.
The films received mixed reviews from critics and audience, although it was improvement over Shrek the Third. The film currently holds a 58% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 197 reviews, with the consensus reading "While not without its moments, Shrek Forever After too often feels like a rote rehashing of the franchise's earlier entries."
- Arthur and Lord Farquaad were originally going to appear in this film; Arthur was supposed to appear as the king of Far Far Away (who would be abusing his powers), and in the parallel universe, Arthur would've still been in high school, and Farquaad was supposed to appear as Lord of Duloc in the parallel.