Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter is unferrated (Unpopular Opinion)
Alert: I’m brasillian, sorry for misspellings
Hello friends. All right? With me, everything is great, but not entirely. I see everyone saying that Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010) is a mediocre movie or that it was a bad way to end the franchise. But today I came to explain my point of view and talk about why I think this film deserves much more value, because it was a great film (although I must admit that it is inferior to the first two films), an excellent conclusion for the TRILOGY (and yes, I said trilogy because Shrek The Third (2007) never existed). First of all we need to see why Shrek The Third (2007) is bad / the worst movie in the franchise.
Wait, have you ignored Shrek The Third (2007) and the spin-offs and made a marathon of Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2020)? If so, congratulations, you must have realized why Shrek The Third (2007) is so awful.
Shrek The Third (2007) looks more like a fanfiction written by some super cool, extroverted 13-year-old teenage boy who thought Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004) were good just because of the anti-disney acid comedy . Which is a lie. I watched the whole tetralogy (or quadrilogy for the most intimate) and realized one thing: after watching Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010), I discovered that what really made Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004) excellent films WAS NOT THE COMEDY, but the race against Shrek's time for his love for Fiona and the romantic and romantic relationship of Shrona (Shrek x Fiona) that was the main focus of the plots of Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 ( 2004), which resulted in films that, besides being funny, were action-packed and tense romantic adventures, and that is the real reason why Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004) are films that I love, at least less I've always seen Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004) more like romantic action-adventure comedy films than simple anti-disney comedies. Shrek The Third (2007) forgot all that and just kept the acid anti-disney humor (in a very dull and sloppy way, but it did), so it was a bad, dull and disappointing film.
Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010) may have no comedy, but he has the shipp Shrona (Shrek x Fiona) as the main focus of the plot (as it was in Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004)) and all Shrek's race against time for his love for Fiona, as it was in Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004), again caused all the action and tension in Shrek Forever: The Final Chapter (just like in Shrek (2001) ) and Shrek 2 (2004)). That's why Shrek Forever: The Final Chapter (2010) is a movie a thousand times better than Shrek Forth (2007) and I feel that Shrek Forever: The Final Chapter (2010) was an attempt to bring about apologizing for shit they did in Shrek Third (2007)
And the same goes for Cars. What made Cars (2006) such a cool film was not the comedy or the universe formed by talking cars, but the race that was the main focus of the plot and McQueen's development in his life by learning that it was the cause of all the tension and emotion that the film conveyed. Carros 2 (2011) forgot all this, giving rise to a generic and boring spy film from 007, without any kind of action, emotion or tension. Cars 3 (2017) was good because it made racing the main focus of the plot again (just like it was in Cars (2006)) and made McQueen's learning about life back to the focus of the film's tension and emotion ( the same was in Cars (2006)).
That's why I think Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010) and Cars 3 (2017) are great examples of how to redeem a franchise. For me, Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek Forever: The Final Chapter (2010) form a TRILOGY, while Shrek Third (2007) is a simple bad non-canonical spin-off. Just as I like to pretend that Cars (2006) and Cara3 (2017) form a duology, while Cars 2 (2011) is a simple bad non-canonical spin-off.
In short, I have always seen Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004) more as romantic action and adventure comedies than as anti-Disney acid comedy films (more than that also brought the films to life, especially Shrek 2 (2004) , but it was also not the case). They had simple plots, but each with a unique and super well written way. However, Shrek Terceiro (2007) put it all aside and was basically a “Kingdom movie”, looking like a Game of Thrones parody, only worse, putting a mediocre teenager named Arthur Pendragon just to identify with the teenagers of that time (I remember it was fashionable at that time to be banana, rebel or emo), to be the king of Far Far Away.
Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010), although many hate it, is a good film that tried to return with the TRUE ESSENCE of Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004), that is, to be an action and adventure novel, something which Shrek The Third (2007) unfortunately was not. In fact, Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010) should have been the third film, not called Shrek The Turd (2007). Just as I think Cars 3 (2017) should have been the second film in place of Cars 2 (2011).
If you pretend that Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek Forever After: The Chapter (2010) formed a trilogy and that Shrek The Third (2007) never existed and the spin-offs don’t exist, the Shrek franchise becomes a very beautiful and perfect story and you can give more value to Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010) as an “epic conclusion to a character arc”
Shrek (2001) we see that Shrek is a lonely and friendless ogre who doesn't like to be treated like a monster, but the good thing is that he can do what he wants, but in the film he discovers that he can have a friend like Donkey and a wife like Fiona, defeating Lord Farquad (the leader of Duloc) and oppression of fairy tale characters.
Shrek 2 (2004) we see that Shrek married Fiona, but that many humans, like Fiona's father, and beings like the Fairy Godmother do not accept the fact that Fiona married an ogre like Shrek, which motivates him to transform into a human and the Donkey to become a horse, and Puss in Boots is introduced, but in Shrek 2 (2004), after Fiona's father becomes a frog again and destroys the Fairy Godmother, Shrek discovers that Fiona wants to live happily with the ogre she married and they go back to being ogres and Burro returns as and donkey, and it all ends with “Living en la Vida Loca”.
Shrek Forever: The Chapter (2010) we see that some years have passed, creatures from fairy tales are accepted in society (different from Shrek (2001) in which they were sold to Lord Farquad) and Shrek is now a family man with 3 ogre children. And no one is afraid of him, even though he is an ogre, and they treat him like a joke, like that guy who says “the adorable goofball who showed that it is possible to change the world without changing your underwear”, which is true, because we both first films ogre proved that it is possible to change the world without ceasing to be what you are. And we see that Shrek is tired of this life and goes into a midlife crisis that makes him want to be an ogre again, and the kid from "Faz o Urro" at Shrek's kids birthday party, in which even though he did the howling, everyone treated Shrek like a cute circus clown. And that makes him sign the Rumplestilskin contract and wish he was never born, and then, he enters a universe where ogres are marginalized by society (just like he was in the first film), the Cookie Man is a gladiator, Cat in Boots is fat, Donkey has a more sarcastic sense of humor, and with the hooked hair, Fiona still has the curse (human by day and ogress by night) and is a warrior who leads other ogres, while the Kingdom of So Far is dominated by Rumplestilskin. Thus, Shrek discovers that everything he achieved in Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004) that made ogres like him well regarded to the point of forming a family, he should have given value and the trip in this reality in which he never was born and Rumplestilskin dominated So So Far made him realize that everything he achieved is not only important for him, but also for his friends (Donkey, Cat, Cookie, Pinocchio, etc.) and his dear Fiona. And the movie ends with Shrek kissing Fiona and everything going back to what it was before Shrek signed the contract with Rumplestilskin. And we see Shrek, back to his children's birthday and thanking Fiona for everything he has achieved since the first film.
- You know, I always thought I rescued you from the Dragon Tower.
- And you did.
- No, it was you who rescued me Fiona.
And it's true, it wasn't Shrek who saved Fiona in Shrek (2001), it was Fiona who saved Shrek. For if he never rescued her from the Dragon Tower, Shrek would be someone isolated and without friends and everything that happened in the reality in which he was never born would have happened, even if he existed.
And the film ends showing everyone singing and dancing I'm Believer (same song from the end of Shrek (2001)) representing the end of the trilogy (Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter ( 2010).
Shrek learned to open his heart to others in Shrek (2001).
Shrek learned to love himself and prove to everyone that someone ugly like him can live happily ever after in Shrek 2 (2004).
Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010) was about Shrek discovering his importance to others around him and why he cannot lose everything he achieved in previous films, because if he didn't exist, racism against ogres and fairly tale’s creatures would continue and he would never have won friends and never would have won a family.
But when you wil do a Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010) marathon, you need to see Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter as a Dark drama film that serves as a exciting and conclusive ending to the Shrek arc as a character that started as someone isolated and without friends or family in Shrek (2001) and ended as someone with friends and family in Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (2010).
Everybody thinks Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter is a cashgrab, but Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter is not a cashgrab, because it really was the conclusion of the franchise, originally DreamWorks had planned to make Shrek 5, but Shrek 5 was cancelled because Jeffrey Katzenberg (producer of all Shrek movies and Puss in Boots film) thought Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter was the best way to complete the franchise and because he thought Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter was the perfect way to Shrek’s journey end. So, Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter isn’t an Ice Age sequel or a Open Season sequel. I know they’re now producing a Shrek Reboot, but it’s because in 2018 Universal purchased DreamWorks and now Chris Meledandri (Illumination Entertainment’s CEO) is producing the Shrek Reboot that will be released in 2022, but it is not surprising to meet Chris Meledandri and the fact that he is the CEO of Illumination Entertainment (studio that made the Despicable Me trilogy, the Minions movie, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing , HOP, The Lorax and the 2018 animated film by The Grinch 😆😂🤣😅), which is a little lack of respect with the Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter , which was a film made to end the franchise and Shrek’s character arc. Please, DreamWorks, please, don’t make Shrek 5 and please, don’t make a Reboot