Director: Mike Mitchell
Writer: Josh Klausner & Darren Lemke
I remember really enjoying Shrek and Shrek 2 but I have not revisited them probably since they came out. Where the Pixar movies pride character and emotion and great storytelling and smart humor the animated films that Dreamworks churns out rely on modern pop culture reference and things farting. There is just a vast difference in quality between the two companies. The Shrek series dropped significantly in quality with each sequel spat out and this is easily the laziest and most unnecessary of the bunch.
The movie picks up after Shrek the Third (imagine that!) and Fiona and Shrek are married with a whole bunch of ogre babies. Shrek is miserable and when he meets the evil Rumpelstiltskin he wishes he could go back to the way things were. So the whole movie is in an alternate universe, where none of the characters are the ones you knew over the first three movies, as realizes how happy he actually was and tries to correct his mistake blah blah blah.
The movie isn’t funny or exciting in anyway. At this point four movies deep the whole thing is just been there done that. We know the sense of humor and we know the beats. There isn’t anything interesting or worthwhile in this. Its only saving grace is that it is about 80 minutes long. Hopefully Dreamworks sticks to the promise of that tagline “The Final Chapter”.