A bored Shrek makes a pact with deal-maker Rumpelstiltskin to get back to feeling like a real ogre again. But when he’s duped and sent to a twisted alternate universe, he sets out to restore his world and reclaim his true love.
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Shrek Forever After dispenses with the playful post-modern tone of the earlier films in a way that seems quietly radical given the context of the initial franchise. It has much less focus on jokes & sight-gags & more emphasis on emotions & theme. Several scenes are genuinely depressing, & at certain points it feels as if the film is aggressively trolling adults in the audience forced to see the movie with their kids.
The whole Alternate Universe plot device made Shrek Forever After feel more like an episode of a mediocre and failing TV adaptation of the first two great movies. Shrek Forever After does have its moments, just not as many as the first two have. I don't think I'll go as far as to say this one shouldn't have been made but I'm glad they're stopping right here.
he first sequence is excellently realized how someone is trapped in the same boring routines of everyday life and wish to go back to when one was free and had no commitments, but afterwards the story become a weak spin on "It's a Wonderful Life". Memorable for seeing a very fat Puss in Boots and the evil Ratcatcher but the rest of this alternate universe story is without inventiveness.