Shrek 2 details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Ross, John Cleese, Jennifer Saunders, Julie Andrews, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Conrad Vernon|
|Directors:||Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon|
|Genres:||Animated, Children, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Nov 2004|
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2 MuchBy zozrat (6 reviews) from London , 18 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Shrek 2 is disappointing sequel that relies far too much on parodies and pastiches of films and popular culture at the expense of plot or character. Those movies which are lampooned seem conspicuously out of date and overdone (the grabbing of a hat from under a lowering doorway a la Indiana Jones is a prime example).
Diaz, Myers and Murphy all reprise their roles from Shrek 2s superior predecessor, but are not given the same quality of wisecracks to deliver and seem like poorer characters for it. The stand out addition to the line up is Antonio Banderas impressive comic turn as Puss in Boots who goes some way to make up for the loss of John Lithgow from the vocal cast.
In the end though, and for all it's impressive animation, Shrek 2 feels rather flat. An opening stream of film homages (including a telling ribbing of Disneys The Little Mermaid who is unceremoniously thrown back in the water) sets the tone for the film. The films plot is unengaging, the jokes are weak and the wit and warmth of the original feels like a distant memory. Too knowing for kids, too much of a cynical attempt to recreate the originals winning formula for this adult.
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Hilarious and clever - even better than the first!By wreeve (60 reviews) from London NW3 , 27 Jun 2004I wasn't sure what to expect, but I found Shrek 2 to be a multi-layered gem.
The plot continues from where Shrek left off (in which a beautiful but cursed princess is rescued not by Prince Charming but by an ugly ogre, whom she falls in love with and marries), and starts from the premise that ogres can't be expected to live happily-ever-after. Instead they would, like the rest of us, need to meet the in-laws, get past the first flush of love, etc. Needless to say, Shrek's in-laws don't like him much....
But the plot is just the backdrop. What makes this film so magical is how wittily derivative it is. The more familiar you are with popular culture (i.e. the more worldly an adult you are), the more you will enjoy this sequel. From the Hollywood-style hilltop sign above the place 'Far Far Away', to a discussion of the 'Miranda' statement police give you when you're arrested, every scene has something funny or amusing. The pace is so fast that you feel there's a lot more to absorb on the second viewing - which I'll need to wait for until this becomes available on the service!
It goes without saying that this film will be as appealing to kids as to worldly adults. A new character sure of particular appeal is Puss-in-Boots, whose strained relationship with Donkey will be recognised by every sibling and schoolchild.
The voices, as before, are great, with John Cleese, Jennifer Saunders and Antonio Barreras adding to the original team of Eddie Murphy, Cameron Dias and Mike Myers. Saunders is particularly good as the nasty Fairy Godmother.
A technical and artistic tour de force. Thoroughly recommended.
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