A single word describes Shrek- brilliant. Not in a long time have I enjoyed a movie as much as I enjoyed Shrek. This is a movie that plays on a few different levels, and manages to be entertaining on all of them. Plus, they stick it to Disney something good!
Mike Myers is Shrek, a big green, smelly ogre trying to live a peaceful life in his swamp. He spends his day brushing his teeth with bug goo and bathing in swamp mud. All is well until the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow in a brilliant performance) banishes all the kingdoms fairytale inhabitants to Shrek's swamp. In an effort to regain his peace and sanity, Shrek, aided by his unwanted sidekick Donkey (Eddie Murphy), make a deal with Farquaad to rescue the Princess Fiona from The Dragon and bring her back so Farquaad can marry her.
It's well known that DreamWorks and Disney have had an ongoing feud for years, and Shrek is the latest and most destructive shot yet. The makers (led by...
I absolutely love Shrek. The first Shrek has, and always will be, my favorite. Following the story of an ogre who has found himself on an accidental quest to rescue the princess for the Lord, so Shrek can regain his swamp and live in peace. He finds himself falling in love with the beautiful princess and the story goes on from there. The classic love story with a twist. I'm glad I was able to purchase this.
Utterly original, terrific animated film, with great voice performances by Mike Meyers and Eddie Murphy, written with lots of adult wit and humor. Word play and visual puns abound. You don't have to be a kid to love it, or have kids to rent or buy it. Charming, sweet, funny and romantic.
Amazing, hip use of music (including John Cale's version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'- how's that for obscure?).
On DVD, make sure you get the re-released (or out of pint original) widescreen version, so you don't lose chunks of the lovely visuals on the sides of the frame.
The new blu-ray/DVD combo is quite strong. I always thought the DVD (the widescreen, not the 'full frame' version) was really good looking, but the blu-ray still adds some extra, sharpness, depth, and color.
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