Voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Jennifer Saunders, Rupert Everett, Larry King
Funny. Clever. Imaginative.
Shrek 2 represents the last great movie made by Dreamworks Animation, in my opinion, but they really did nail it here. The first Shrek took everyone by surprise with its edginess, creativity, and humor. Most of the freshness is gone by the sequel, but Shrek 2 overcomes that by being deeper, better story-wise, with much help from the wonderful new character of Puss in Boots (Banderas). Newlyweds Shrek (Myers) and Fiona (Diaz), with Donkey (Murphy) tagging along (does anyone have a last name, by the way?), are invited to the Kingdom of Far, Far, Away to meet the King and Queen (voiced by John Cleese and Julie Andrews), a.k.a Fiona’s parents a.k.a the in-laws. It’s a frightening prospect for Shrek, and, just as he fears, the King immediately disapproves of him. In fact, the King goes so far as hiring the aforementioned Puss in Boots to kill Shrek. Behind the scenes, a sinister Fairy Godmother (Saunders) plots for her son, Prince Charming (Everett), to steal Fiona from Shrek and become next in line as King. Shrek 2, like the first, is very funny, playing off of expectations and the audience’s knowledge of fairy tales. It’s the right amount of sweet, spoofing fairy tales, while also delivering a great fairy tale story.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-