When a green ogre called Shrek discovers his swamp has been swamped with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out, with a very loud donkey by his side, to persuade Farquaad to give his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is waiting for her one true love. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek like Fiona, but Fiona is keeping something secret.
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I am an adult. I have always enjoyed such movies like Toystory and morerecently liked the way they made Scooby Doo. The animation mixed with humaninteraction in Scooby was second to none. Although, I do believe theanimation in Shrek was outstanding. Probably the best I have ever seen.Great on the big screen, but better on DVD. Where you actually notice allthe little things.I have probably watched this movie about 50 times, and each time somethingnew catches my attention. Probably the greatest MOVIE ever made.
Small wonder that this movie will be a big $$ maker for Dreamworks. Itappeals to almost every viewer on some level. What I liked was the animation...the beautiful use of color, the subtletextures and attention to the smallest details. Eddie Murphy was perfectas Donkey. What I didn't like was all the fart references and gross-outhumor. Hopefully, this fad shall pass from the movie industry's requisitefor comedy. I gave this film an 8 and have already recommended my boss and his family togo see it, so it had BETTER be good!
I like this movie soooo much. Lots of allusions to other movies. A perfect computer-animation...great. The Special Edition is worth every little penny. A must have for every collector.
This is deffinetely one of the funniest animated fairy tale movies of alltime. It's direct and radical irony is brilliantly scripted into mushy mixof wittiness, fun, tease and true. It is completely modern and language isjust hilarious. There are some minor bad parts in the script but it doesn'tmatter when the whole movie succeed on every front...animation is justhilarious, jokes clever and very good script...And the acting is juststunning... Just the best fairy tale ever told as theysaid....9/10
Shrek is one of the few "children's" movies that I've seen that is equallyeffective at entertaining adults. If my kids want to watch a movie, oddsare I'll try to talk them into this one. It was good enough that I'm gladIhave kids so I have an excuse to see part 2 in the theaters.
Extremely hilarious! People of all ages will surely enjoy this digitally enhanced animation. Aside from the humor, the romance adds spice to the fairy tale story of Shrek & Princess Fiona. Pardon me, but I really have to mention that I am pleasantly surprised with the twist at the end (ok, will not tell for those who still have not seen yet). Moreover, there is the age-old lesson or golden rule of not judging a book by its cover (or an ogre by its appearance).
Since so many people have raved about Shrek, I keep reviewing itin my head to try to find SOME reason I should like it. But for everyplus I uncover, I uncover another minus. My biggest question of allis this: if the moral of the story is supposed to be that you shouldn'tjudge people (or ogres) by appearances, why is it consideredacceptable, even encouraged, to make fun of someone becausehe's short? At this point I give up.So if you think passing gas and using toilet paper are funny, seeShrek. If you've never noticed before that "ass" can mean either"donkey" or "butt", see Shrek. If you're not tired of seeing send-upsof the camera work in "The Matrix", see Shrek. If you don't know themeaning of the word "hackneyed", see Shrek. In all, if you arewilling to put up with a script with a total of 3 or 4 clever lines and atheme that contradicts itself just to get to see some mildlyinteresting technology and about 4 or 5 or 6 clever sight gags, seeShrek. But a better idea would be just to rent Toy Storyagain...
wow, this movie is getting great reviews..I cannot believe that. I hated this movie. It's for kids? A great kid movie is usually enjoyable for adults, too. I felt whoever made this movie was thinking, "kids loves stupid characters who can dance and sing, and as long as you have that you don't need a story.."Probably with the big computer all around, animators somehow lost connection to their characters. I'm not saying computers are bad (I actually love animation such as Bug's Life) but the people of dreamworks wasn't able to overcome this temptation from the great computers, "I can do that and that..." Mike Myers is simply a miscast that his voice was never integrated to the character. Sudden appearance of supposed-to-be-funny part wasn't funny at all. I was thinking, "hmm, I think I should laugh now, but problem is it's not funny.."
Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a Scottish ogre who keeps to himself.When his beloved swamp is filled with a plethora of fairy talecharacters, he and Donkey (a very funny Eddie Murphy) set off to speakto Lord Farquadd (John Lithgow), who is responsible for putting thecharacters in his swamp. Farquadd wants to be King, but for that titlehe needs a Queen. He decides to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz),but upon seeing Shrek, he has him do it for him in exchange for hisswamp back. A very entertaining and not too dumb comedy. The voice workis very work, with special kudos to Myers. The animation is beautifuland the colors are gorgeous. For some odd reason, I've alwaysremembered the speech about Shrek comparing Ogres to Onions.Rating: ***1/2 (out of ****)
This movie had me laughing most of the way through it. Eddie Murphy is a real character as the taling donkey. The movie has some adult inuendos in it but the littler ones will not even notice because of the rest of what is going on. My granddaughter watched this 5 times in 2 days and she is only 5. She just loved the movie, so I got one for her as well as for myself. I say this is just about perfect for any child from 5 to 105. It is great, can't wait to buy a DVD player because I know I will wear this tape out.
I'm going to make this short.The title pretty much says it all this is afunny movie. Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy have incredible charisma in thismovie. The script is incredibly funny and the plot is highly amusing, thismay seem like a kid's movie to those who have seen it, but it's foreveryone(although I'm just a kid). The ongoing jokes and satire based on very bigmovies makes this a great movie. Myers, Murphy, Diaz, Lithgow, wonderfulteam.
In order to restore peace to his precious swamp a giant ogre named Shrek (Voiced by Mike Myers) with the help from an obnoxious donkey named Donkey (Voiced by Eddie Murphy). They must save a beautiful princess (Voiced by Cameron Diaz) for a future king (Voiced by John Lithgow) but the princess has a dark secret.DVD`s has an clear Pan & Scan on the first disc and on the second has impressive anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer. Strong Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and also on DTS 5.1 Surround Sound. The film did win for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, it was also Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Included an running commentary track by the filmmakers. Pitch in Deleted Scenes. More extras with hidden features. One of the best films of 2001, an Instant Classic for the Young and Old. Grade:A.
SHREK is a hilarious comedy that will win over audiences of children and adults alike. Shrek is a fearsome green ogre living in isolation in his own cozy little swamp. He is not receptive to visitors, and fends off the occasional party of torch-wielding villagers with ease. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad turns Shrek's swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters Shrek's peace and solitude is disrupted especially by the talkative Donkey. Shrek makes his way to Farquaad's realm of Duloc, where the Lord promises makes Shrek and offer: He will rid Shrek's land of the unwanted visitors if Shrek will go on a simple quest to free Princess Fiona from her remote, dragon-guarded castle and convince her to marry Farquaad. On their quest, Shrek and Donkey run into a number of bizarre situations, and Shrek finds himself realizing that he isn't quite the fearsome monster he has always made himself out to be. The Donkey's least likely love the Dragon keeps you smiling. The Princess with her dark secret keeps you crossing your fingers that all will go well. Shrek himself mellowing to the warmth of love. Interesting for the romantic at heart and kids still into fairy tales.
I really enjoyed Shrek as light entertainment. There is nothing profound init, but it neatly, and frequently, skewers fairy tale conventions andcharacters, especially the Disney ones. One has to watch it a couple oftimes to catch all the spoken jokes, and probably another time to catch allthe visual throwaway gags which hang out in the corners of frames. In thisregard the movie is clever, well written, and charming in a low sort of way.It is suitable for all ages, even with mildly borderline subject matter insome of the jokes and references. The little kids will not get the 'worst'ones, while the non prudes on the adult audience will laughheartily.A couple of fine scenes include the one with Geppetto turning over Pinocchioto the fairy-tale-creature bounty hunters for a payment in gold (" I gothere a talking puppet!"...."But I'm a REAL boy!" ... "Then throw him in thepile with the other possessed toys!"), the duet between the princess and thebluebird, right out of at least three Disney classics, in which the princesswins the high note contest while the little bird, well, loses. And finally,a certain gag pulled countless times by Foghorn Leghorn on a certain chaineddog is repeated here with a chained dragon...the setup is obvious, then theymake you wait ....for...it, then the inevitable 'yipe!'. Great stuff. Did Imention the cat fight between Snow White and Cinderella?However, being a fan of good computer animation, I was disappointed in thequality of same in Shrek. Many people have commented on how perfect theanimation is here, but they either don't know better, or simply are notpaying attention. The CGI folks have come up with some software whichprovides an improvement in the way skin, muscle, fat, etc., move on theskeletons of the characters; it is better than we have seen before. However,the animators apparently never graduated from cheap Saturday morning cartoonlevel character movement. Almost without exception, the lead characters movelike poorly operated marionettes, the secondary characters are worse yet.Almost any Disney classic was far better in this regard. Another problem waspatchy and inconsistent interface between the characters and theirenvironments. For example, walking characters often seem to be levitatingslightly above the ground, or perhaps they are failing to depress grassunder foot, etc. Two fine CGI animated films, Antz and A Bug's Life were made concurrently,by Dreanworks and Pixar, respectively. In Antz, the animators were happy tohave ants climbing a flower stem which was stiff, lifeless, and had leaveslooking like they were plastic. In an almost identical scene from Bug'sLife, the stem and leaves were swaying slightly in the air, the leaves weretranslucent (like real leaves by golly), and the whole assembly of the plantinteracted with realism to the movements, shadows, etc. of the characters.It is this inspired attention to detail which makes Pixar the best CGIstudio in the world, and why the Dreamworks crew is still the runner up. Ifonly Pixar had made Shrek. Oh, but I still loved it as awhole.
Great work it is!I can`t image that even cartoon can make it so cool.dialog`s fun.texture andmotion capture are real.and voice cast is invincible!but it`s a little too short. Is that happiness always gonefast?
"Shrek" is definitely one of the best movies I have ever seen.The film hasalot of humor and imagination twisting the fairy tale world and poking funat certain fairy tale creatures.The film does have some odd humor which somepeople fail to see."Shrek" takes everything that we know about fairy talesand turns them around with humurous results.Unlike certain films that I haveseen,"Shrek" is by far a great movie and is worth watching.Mike Myers,EddieMurphy,John Lithgow and Cameron Diaz provide the voices and the CG animationis excellent."Shrek" is a movie that shows us everything that represents agood time at the movies.
Am I the only person who noticed that DULOC might mean "Dull OrangeCounty"? Disneyland - one of Disney's most recognizable assets - islocated in Orange County California - a notoriously boring area. I readat least one other viewer's theory that the name DULOC is a referenceto something related to Notre Dame University (Notre Dame du Lac). Thebasis for his conclusion was that one of the writers or producers wentto Notre Dame and that the castle in Duloc was a replica of the chapelat Notre Dame. However, since the castle is more universally recognizedas a stylized replica of Sleeping Beauty's castle from Disneyland - andgiven the number of Disney references throughout Shrek and Shrek 2 - Ilike my idea better. Does anyone agree with me?
(I watched this on widescreen DVD, YMMV)Without Eddie Murphy, this movie would be a horribly painful experience.Asit is, he makes it barely watchable. Murphy has a longer leash here thanhedid in Mulan, and uses the freedom to create some truly hysterical comicmoments. But they are too few and too far between to recommend thismovieShrek has terrible computer animation; terrible voice by Mike Myers["Shrek,the Ogre with the Scottish Accent"]; and a painfully strange obsessionwithan assault on Disney.The computer animation is so bad that in every scene it overwhelmseverything else. Shrek and the Princess are rendered well enough, but therest of the characters and the background look like they were designed byelementary school kids with Apple II computers. When the town comes tostorm Shrek's swamp in the beginning, I actually laughed out loud becausethe townspeople look so bad. The pre-rendered scenes in many oldvideogames(like WarCraft II or Age of Empires) look better than this.Mike Myers does a terrible job as the voice of Shrek. Shrek has a badScottish accent and I am beginning to wonder if bad Scottish accents areallthat Myers can do. I was waiting for Shrek to break out in "If it's notScottish, it's CRAP!" [Stuart Mackenzie, So I Married an Axe Murderer], or"Look at me, I'm sexy!" [Fat Bastard, Austin Powers]. Shrek sounded likeabad blend of the two and never gained a voice of his own.Finally, the Dreamworks team has some weird obsession with Disney thatcomesout in creepy ways in this movie. All kinds of "fairy-tale" charactersthatDisney made famous appear in unflattering ways. Snow White is referred toas "the dead broad." There is a recreation of DisneyLand with dolls thatsing off-color songs, and the city is so "perfect" that there is no onethere. Why not? Very strange.Overall, I've seen worse, but this was pretty bad.
Smart, Funny and Downright Fun. My wife and I enjoyed it every bit as muchas our kids. It ranks up there with Toy Story 1 & 2 as one of the bestanimated films of all time. Dreamworks has now released 4 animated filmsthat I absolutely love. Chicken Run, Antz, The Prince of Egypt and now,Shrek. I am so glad that someone finally made a film that makes fun of the staleand boring Disney films. I mean all Disney films are the same. Ahero/heroine, a sidekick and a villain, some obnoxious songs and then changethe name each time and you have a Disney cartoon. Go see it and enjoy. However, if you are a diehard Disney fan, you might notenjoy all the Sarcasm towards Disney characters. I lovedit.Shrek has the 2nd highest opening weekend ($42 million) ever for an animatedfilm. Watch out Disney, you have a new Rival in Animation.
liked the way it showed that words hurt and heal. showed that firstimpressions are not always accurate. showed that the "beautiful people"canbe ugly in character. taught that sometimes we start out doing somethingfor the wrong reason (rescue the princess) and benefit by theeffort.