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Movie Review: Shrek 2

“Shrek 2”

by LiT

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Deep in the forest in a land of fairy tales, lived an ogre named Shrek, voiced by Mike Meyer, and his wife, Fiona, voiced by Cameron Diaz. Despite their ugly orgeness, inside, they are both extremely human.

But unluckily, Fiona’s father, the King Harold, voiced by John Cleese, doesn’t think so.  After their wedding, he invites them to his castle in the kingdom of Far, Far, Away.  Unfortunately, no one had told him or his wife, Queen Lillian, voiced by Julie Andrews, anything about their daughter’s transformation or her new husband.  Though Queen Lillian made the best of it and warmly welcomed Shrek, King Harold was trying to find a way to get rid of his new son-in-law.

Along with King Harold, Queen Lillian, Princess Fiona, and Shrek, there is also the Fairy Godmother, voiced by Jennifer Saunders, her son, Prince Charming, voiced by Rubert Everett, and the ogre killer, Puss in the Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderass.  Determined that her son should marry Fiona, the Fairy Godmother used Harold’s desire for a better husband for his daughter to her advantage and had him carry out orders for her, that will all ensure the marriage of Prince Charming and Princess Fiona. Prince Charming is only too happy for a chance to marry Fiona, and is willing to do all he can.

Shrek 2 is directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon.  It is distributed by Dreamworks and is the second movie in the four movie series of Shrek, which includes, “Shrek”, “Shrek 3”, and “Shrek Forever After”. According to the producers, “Shrek 2” is a lot darker than the original.  Many lines and settings in “Shrek 2” are like those in other movies and places. For example, when Queen Lillian asked where King Harold where he was going, the king replied, “Bit of trouble from the old crusade wound, going to go outside and walk it off,” while holding his knee. This is exactly what John Cleese’s character, Basil Fawlty did and said in the movie, Fawlty Towers.

“Shrek 2” is suitable for kids from 3-12.  Of course, older kids can also watch, though, by that time, they might like other things. With plenty of humor and excitement, “Shrek 2” is a good movie for a family movie night, so if you are ever in the need for a nice adventurous and funny movie, you can try “Shrek 2”!