I long resisted watching Shrek Forever After (w, imdb). The Shrek film series is one that stayed extremely strong in the first two movies, and sunk incredibly with the third one. The first two had the incredible power of some Disney films, with including both a simple plot for kids as well as deeper character and scenes, with more adult jokes. The third, however, only included the first kind, and it’s kind of obvious why it failed.
Shrek Forever After shows a Shrek falling into a mid-life crisis and suddenly bursting, longing for a time before he married and had kids, when he was still a feared ogre. After bursting at his kids’ first birthday party, he meets Rumpelstiltskin, with whom he signs a deal: Shrek can have a single day as an ogre again, while Rumpelstiltskin gets a day from Shrek’s life in return. All too late Shrek realises that the day Rumpelstiltskin choose was the day of Shrek’s birth, and Shrek comes into a world in which he was never born, Fiona was never rescued and Rumpelstiltskin rules the kingdom of Far Far Away. Shrek’s only chance to make everything right again is the one escape clause in the contract – as always, true love’s kiss before nightfall.
The film started out a bit rocky, but from Rumpelstiltskin’s deal and onwards everything went on perfectly. The idea of an amazon Fiona and an ogre rebellion works nicely, and the writers succeded once again in making an emotional climax between Shrek and Fiona on a whole new level. I will admit I cried come the ending with Shrek giving Fiona Felicia’s toy ogre.