Starring (voice): Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn
I personally felt that DreamWorks should not have ventured beyond Shrek 2, something which got proven right with the fourth installment of the series. Shrek (Myers) the big, fat, ugly, green ogre and Fiona (Diaz) are back and this time they have 3 kid ogres too. Parenting starts taking a toll on Shrek and he soon realises that he cant do the things he loved to do. Scaring the villagers, lazing around, taking mud baths, its a long forgotten life. His frustration peaks and he confesses the he would want to go back to the days before he met Fiona and before all of this started. Back during the time when Fiona was still locked in the tower, Rumpelstiltskin (Dohrn) was closing a deal with the king and queen that he would free Fiona if he got their kingdom in exchange. However, Shrek rescued her and the deal never happened. Rumpel, notorious for creating contracts which have tricky fine prints and very difficult exit clauses, approaches Shrek and offers him a day where he could do all that he liked in exchange for one day of his life. Unknown to Shrek, Rumpel took away from Shrek, the day he was born. With Shrek no longer in this world, Fiona would never get rescued and Rumpel would have the entire kingdom to raise havoc. The story sounds interesting, but that's all there is to it. Ask a 12-year-old what he/she understood out of it and an expressionless confused face stares back at you. The story is a little difficult to fully understand on the first instance, especially for children who are their primary audience. The movie does have loads of entertainment but not too much on the lines of humour. We enjoyed watching Donkey (Murphy) and Shrek in the previous movies but the pair loses its fizz in this one. Not bad, but not great either and it would be suicidal to create a fifth part.
Thumbs up: Interesting plot, although slightly unstructured
Thumbs down: Lack of humour