Review of Shrek
green, not so mean, and DreamWorks grandest money making
has taken America just as easily as he took the band of
henchmen for the evil Lord Farquaard. How could a Garboesque
Ogre with chronic halitosis manage such a feat?
not the animation. While technically dazzling and surreal,
computer animation can only go so far. This ogre (Michael
Myers in his standard bit o' brogue accent) has heart.
Because of it, so does this movie.
At turns caustic and charming, both fare best when allowing
real emotion to bleed through surface snarl. "Ogres
are like onions. They have layers," explains Shrek
to his sidekick, Donkey (another great turn by Eddie Murphy,
who needs to find a new niche before he carves himself
into a hole).
movie has layers, too. Skewering what it professes to
loathe -- "fairy tale trash" -- in the end,
the bedrock of Shrek rests firmly on the well-trod ground
of dreams coming true. Even if those dreams are a little
Forget the animation. Like Cinderella as told by Edgar
Allen Poe, the clever twists and ingenious quirks are
what makes Shrek three-dimensional in every sense of the
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