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:: Shrek 2

Even if you haven’t seen the first film, this animation is a great watch. Full of hilarious moments and references, Shrek 2 is as funny as the original with the ability to make anyone laugh.

We begin Shrek 2 with an introduction to Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Shrek’s (Mike Myers) honeymoon and the new life they have together as an ogre couple. But there are troubles brewing, as Fiona’s family wants to welcome Shrek as the new member of the Royal Family. Happy as an ogre in his swamp, Shrek does not have the desire to embrace Fiona’s parents, yet they decide to attend the Wedding Ball being held in their honour. Shrek’s sidekick Donkey (Eddie Murphy) comes along for the adventure, as they make their way across land to Fiona’s home, the kingdom of ‘Far Far Away’.

On arrival things could not go worse. The human kingdom is shocked at the sight of their beloved princess/turned ogre married to the grotesque Shrek. The King and Queen (John Cleese and Julie Andrews) are equally as unimpressed with Fiona’s transformation and husband choice, and thus the chaos unfolds. A hitman is hired (Antonio Banderas), Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) is stood up and everyone’s favourite Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders) is just a teardrop away.

Directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon, Shrek 2 is a complete tale that uses the great animation we have come to expect of Dreamworks. Comparing it to the first film, it does not lack in comedy. With so much narrative activity and storyline development, we are not as involved in very much character attention, but the film’s moral of ‘compromise in relationships’ is very significant. Not as much of a full scale an action film, as the main story involves dealing with Shrek’s in-laws, but the film is so funny you do not miss it. Staying true to the formula of the original, there are obviously well known songs that will result in an energetic soundtrack, and plenty of fairytale magic to delight us all.

Screening on general release.