The makers of the final Shrek film, “Shrek Forever After,” promise a new direction and a fresh look after the lukewarm-at-best reception that its predecessor, “Shrek The Third,” received on release. A set of theatrical posters have been released for the grumpy green ogre’s latest adventure, and I have to say, nothing seems that fresh at the moment.
We have an image of an overweight Puss-In-Boots, a battle-scarred Gingy, a Braveheart-styled Fiona, another imbecilic looking Donkey shot (whose image could have easily been taken from any of the previous films) and an incarcerated Shrek amongst them. The one poster that looks mildly amusing is of new guy on baddie duties, Rumpelstiltskin, with the tag line “Where my witches at?”
I don’t know about you, but it almost feels like the people behind “Shrek” are going through the motions, as it were, to release this final film. Seeing Gingy fighting with a lollipop above his head just doesn’t make me laugh anymore, Shrek dishevelled behind bars is same-old, same-old and Donkey’s gurning face is just plain annoying. The plot of Shrek being sent to an alternate world with Fiona as a Ogre freedom fighter (seriously) seems too complex for little children to enjoy and will straight-out confuse them.
Thinking about it, I so, SO want this film to be good. Shrek, in “the early years” were a great couple of films, I want the gang to go out on a high note. I really hope they do, sadly these shots seem to show that Mike Mitchell and co. are just looking for an easy pay day …
Starring the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Jon Hamm, Antonio Banderas, Eric Idle and Justin Timberlake, “Shrek Forever After” hits theaters May 21.
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