Shrek The Third

 
Directed by: Chris Miller
Written by:Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Jon Zack
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake
Released: June 7, 2007
Grade: B+

In the land of Far Far Away, King Harold has died.  The natural heir to the throne is his son-in-law, Shrek.  This is not good news for Shrek who has no desire to become king.  He hates the endless royal engagements and protocols.  He’d rather spend his life living in a small shack in the swamp with his wife, Fiona.

Before he passed away, King Harold mentioned that there is another natural heir to the throne.  His name is Arthur and Shrek thinks that he will be the answer to his problems.  With his partners in crime, Donkey and Puss In Boots, Shrek sets sail on a journey to find Arthur and to convince him to become the new king.

Whilst Shrek is away, Far Far Away is invaded by Prince Charming and his group of cronies.  Still bitter over losing Princess Fiona to Shrek, Charming thinks that he should be the next king.  He seizes control of the palace and sends out his henchman to ensure that Shrek never returns.

The Shrek series has been popular since it first kicked off in 2001.  There are jokes for the kids and jokes for the adults.  I love the way in which the film takes famous fairy tales characters and puts them together in new scenarios.

Shrek The Third continues in a similar vein to the first two movies.  It’s not as good as the first movie but there’s still a lot to like about it.  The adult humour comes through once again and there were plenty of scenes that left a smile on my face.  Whilst the writers deserve much of the credit, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas do a great job delivering their dialogue.

Just in time for the June school holidays, Shrek The Third will undoubtedly be another box-office smash that and should satisfy most of those who see it.