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Shrek 2
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by EricDSnider

"Fantastically funny and wicked."
5 stars

"Shrek" was a lark, a satirical cartoon with little depth. It existed mostly just to NOT be something: to not be Disney, to not be syrupy, to not be polite. That a sequel to such a one-shot idea could expand on its predecessor without merely repeating it is surprising, but that is what "Shrek 2" does.

"Shrek 2" is comfortable in its own green skin. It is not desperate to prove its rebelliousness. It's content to take its funny characters, put them in funny situations, and let the story occur naturally. As a result, the story is more cohesive, and in many ways more amusing than the first film. It doesn't feel like a parody anymore, but like an actual self-contained narrative.

Computer-animated even better than last time, Part 2 begins with Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) returning home to the swamp from their blissful honeymoon. They are soon greeted with an invitation to visit Fiona's parents, the king and queen of Far Far Away, so that they and their subjects may greet the new prince. Shrek is hesitant, assuming Fiona's and his ogreish appearance will put off the Far Far Awayans. Fiona insists her parents wouldn't be so shallow. They head off to Far Far Away, with Donkey (Eddie Murphy) tagging along, naturally.

Of course Shrek was right. Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews) is polite, but King Harold (John Cleese) begins butting heads with Shrek almost immediately. Turns out there's an even deeper reason than Shrek's appearance for Harold's displeasure at Fiona's choice of husbands: He had an arrangement with the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders) that her handsome, stupid son Charming (Rupert Everett) would be the one to rescue Fiona from the castle and marry her. It's not Harold's fault that Charming took so long to do it, but Fairy Godmother is incensed nonetheless, and orders Harold to get rid of Shrek one way or another.

This decree turns out to be one of the film's best moves, because it introduces a hitman character called Puss-in-Boots, voiced to unreasonably hysterical perfection by Antonio Banderas. Puss is a swashbuckling cavalier with impeccable sword-wielding skills who isn't afraid to use his feline abilities to his advantage. (The cute kitten eyes can be a powerful weapon.) Soon Shrek, Donkey and their enemy-turned-friend Puss are headed for Fairy Godmother's factory to seek her help, unaware that she's the bad guy behind all this in the first place.

Directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon (director, story artist and co-writer, respectively, from the first film), this is a giddy stew of pop-cultural references and fairy tales elements, flavored by a witty screenplay (by J. David Stem, Joe Stillman and David N. Weiss) and several vigorously funny performances. As has been the trend in animated films lately, the very casting is brilliant: John Cleese as a fussy king, Julie Andrews as a demure queen, Jennifer Saunders ("Absolutely Fabulous") as a conniving, bitchy fairy, Larry King as an Ugly Stepsister -- yes, Larry King as an Ugly Stepsister, and trust me, it's hilarious.

There are parodical references to the things you'd expect, like "Lord of the Rings" and "Beauty and the Beast," as well as some you'd never imagine, like "Cops" and "Sanford and Son." But none of the comedy feels forced or obligatory. Even the spoofs seem to arise naturally from the story, rather than the story being developed around the spoofs. The movie thrills, amuses and delights better than its predecessor, and better than I expected it to.

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originally posted: 05/19/04 01:58:03
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User Comments

8/14/14 Mario is the Best My favourite Shrek movie. 5 stars
10/23/13 Bernie My favorite of the series. 4 stars
3/15/12 Sean It was even better then the first installment and it was the last good Shrek movie. 5 stars
11/22/09 Jeff Wilder Not as novel as Shrek. But almost as funny. 4 stars
8/22/09 Zach Classic. Just as good as the first one. 5 stars
11/30/08 Roz The 1stwas gr8 cos it parodied fairy tales. This one parodied pop-cultire references. OLD! 2 stars
10/01/08 Shaun Wallner Funny Movie! 5 stars
10/20/07 mb Lame is a good word for this ... even cheap 2 stars
9/07/07 JamesCole Keep drinking that Kool-Aid, folks. 1 stars
5/08/07 Dark Enchantress great movie! 5 stars
4/27/07 Ryan Emmett This movie, I thought, was better than the first one by a long shot. But good review. 5 stars
4/22/07 David Risser A Classic. Very entertaining/funny. Good Adventure 5 stars
3/19/07 dude better than the original 5 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega A fairy tale that's worth telling. 5 stars
1/12/07 saad muhammud tired of this fucking movie is so fucking lame 1 stars
8/20/06 Bilal perfect 5 stars
7/12/06 David Cohen Nowhere near as good as the first, but not bad 3 stars
5/21/06 Diane P very good and enjoyable for both adults and children 5 stars
5/13/06 kacy schwieder it was good 3 stars
4/21/06 Jack Number 1 rocks. This one dosen't 3 stars
4/01/06 JRE funniest PG movie ever made 5 stars
3/15/06 casey corcoran it was good 3 stars
3/15/06 casey corcoran it was good 3 stars
1/06/06 JM Synth For the 3rd highest grossing film in US history, not that different from Disney DTV sequels 3 stars
12/27/05 tony not as good as the first one.but still has its classic funny moments 4 stars
10/18/05 Valerie Awesome movie. hilarious. 5 stars
8/14/05 Frenzy still a great movie 5 stars
8/13/05 Renee is Gabby Not as solid as the original, lacks steady interest despite some cool moments 3 stars
6/24/05 Mr Fluffy I'm sure there's a story buried under this top heavy voice talent. Less is more etc. 3 stars
6/02/05 monique i thought it was great-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/24/05 Quigley the pop culture references are awesome (Starbucks) and Puss rocks. I was in tears laughing 5 stars
4/10/05 Ionicera it tries to hard to be hip, but I liked the characters 4 stars
3/30/05 DM Funny and well-cast, but lacks the original's heart and freshness. 4 stars
3/15/05 Amy Lynch Even better than the first, and not only for children, good adult humor 5 stars
2/25/05 Brandy Great movie! Just as funny every time I see it. 5 stars
2/13/05 Jeanine Price Wonderful! 5 stars
1/17/05 wendy we have watched it about 6 times 5 stars
1/10/05 Stacey Peachfuzz Derivative and totally unoriginal. I don't understand the hype at all. 1 stars
12/06/04 Jim Pretty funny. Give Puss his own movie! 4 stars
12/06/04 Samantha diaz that i think that it was a very funny moive that i enjoyed it. It is a good family movie. 5 stars
12/04/04 Kristina Williams the Cops spoof killed me 5 stars
11/23/04 Rich Funny 5 stars
11/21/04 ad really really funny 5 stars
11/19/04 jess smith it was really funny 5 stars
11/05/04 TCIC Another crap sequel if you look beyond the jokes, the first was better but its still good 3 stars
11/03/04 stacey bradshaw wicked 5 stars
11/02/04 marissa matthews shrek 2 is bout being urself and not trying 2 be some1 ur not if ur not comfortable with it 5 stars
10/04/04 Gareth Spencer first was better 3 stars
9/03/04 Valerie Even better than the first! Very entertaining and cute. 4 stars
8/31/04 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne A tad better'n 1st, but I'd be little the worse if I'd regarded both with Shrekless abandon 3 stars
8/21/04 Daveman Disappointingly inferior to the original but some of the humour here is ingenious. 4 stars
8/10/04 howdinski as usual dreamworks team come up trumps this is great 5 stars
8/09/04 kelkly paratene i thought the movie was a must see it was really really funny i couldnt stop laughing 5 stars
8/01/04 Movieguy The first one was way better 3 stars
7/26/04 lespacified Was definitely worth seeing, but I much preferred the first one! 4 stars
7/21/04 Whitney Bullard Suprisingly, almost as good as the original. 4 stars
7/17/04 Nobody the kind of movie where you walk out and want to walk right back in and see it again 5 stars
7/17/04 legend My third favorite film this year! A must see for Puss N' Boots. 5 stars
7/17/04 Chlo-mo-bo Omg - Puss In Boots - the whole cinema went 'awwwww' when he looked up with those big eyes! 5 stars
7/14/04 Koitus I went to see it with my g-friend (her 2nd time). I agree -- A. Banderas STOLE the film! 5 stars
7/09/04 jodie Antonio Banderas really made Puss in Boots THE BEST -It rocked especially for a sequal! 5 stars
7/08/04 Littlepurch Wow what a great film! SO much better than overrated original.Saunders steals show by mile! 5 stars
7/07/04 jenny it was funny i liked it but i think white chicks was better 4 stars
7/07/04 Denise Duspiva The Cat was cute 5 stars
7/07/04 Karo,ina Trzmiel 5 stars
7/05/04 Sérgio Almeida Olá Shrek!!! 5 stars
7/01/04 Rachia LOVED it. Thought it wasn't gonna be good, as most sequels ARENT, but it rocked! 5 stars
6/27/04 KENT Better than the first; the hairball scene is worth the price of admission! 4 stars
6/26/04 Arse Poet Alright if you're six. 2 stars
6/23/04 Ray Outstanding 5 stars
6/20/04 M Over-rated and messy. looks good though. 3 stars
6/17/04 Jewelies Great Movie and Soundtrack! DVD Buy Definitely! 5 stars
6/13/04 Rowan Hill Exelent would see over and over again very original 5 stars
6/12/04 Melina puss n' boots "cat nip" & "sad eyes" was the best! 5 stars
6/11/04 Raymond Lee Great movie 5 stars
6/09/04 Mark D. Fulwiler Laugh out loud funny, a bit demented and good hearted 5 stars
6/07/04 Ron Miller Better then the first! 5 stars
6/06/04 SF Absolutely fabulous. All the characters were perfect. Puss hillarious! 5 stars
6/05/04 John Aster Habig forget puss in boots donkey is still the funniest and shrek the most endearing 5 stars
6/05/04 The More You Know cutesy at times, mostly hilarious satire. 4 stars
6/04/04 TJ Great, this was way better then the first. Really funny 5 stars
6/03/04 katsat I don't get it - this movie was a little boring - I was expecting so much more 3 stars
6/02/04 Elizabeth Great voice work by the cast and charming. Love that Puss in Boots! 4 stars
6/02/04 paganchyk Just try to find all the pop culture references! Antonio Banderas is the best part. 5 stars
6/01/04 :) Very Funny, a lot better than I expected 5 stars
5/31/04 y2mckay More of the same, but cute. Has the best "Cops" parody since Reno 911 4 stars
5/31/04 Charlene Javier The soup joke is a killer! 5 stars
5/31/04 whatevr best sequel ever 5 stars
5/31/04 jada more adult humour, funny!! 5 stars
5/30/04 Emperor's New Clothes? Nope. Just a Fat, Ugly, Naked, Guy. Not as endearing as the first but as endearing as those darling eyes of Puss in Boots <3 4 stars
5/29/04 winfield wilson I went with my two sons (13 and 17). A great bonding experience. Hilarious. 5 stars
5/26/04 Will i didn't like the pop music in the first or the second one, but that's minor. 5 stars
5/25/04 Larissa Ione Not as good as the first, but still great! 5 stars
5/24/04 dillweed Craptacular 1 stars
5/24/04 Mike Excellent! As entertaining and yet different as the first 5 stars
5/24/04 mfa willie aames almost as good as the first, not quite, go for a matinee 4 stars
5/24/04 E-Rock Antonio Banderas steals the show, but it's all good! A must see for anyone... 5 stars
5/23/04 Movie Expert The first one was great this one is very lame and poorly written. 2 stars
5/23/04 Lord Jiggy Very funnny, but overused songs as emotional bridges. Puss in Boots kills. 4 stars
5/23/04 malcolm i loved the pepper spray & "white bronco" reference 4 stars
5/23/04 Messenger Puppet uninspired, derivative tripe 1 stars
5/22/04 Mazz Why aren't you in line for it right now? Huh? 5 stars
5/22/04 BrianWilly It's that awesome. Seriously. Go see it now. 5 stars
5/21/04 ajay lots of laughs and a TON of movie references... 4 stars
5/21/04 Titus This was easily as good as the first. I'm still laughing. 5 stars
5/21/04 Nick Comes up a little short compared to the original, which says alot given the genius of Shrek 4 stars
5/20/04 Kerry V. Where were the laughs we had in the first one? This one was a waste of time! 1 stars
5/20/04 Ajax Not as fresh as the first one, but still huge fun. 4 stars
5/20/04 Wolf 2.5 *'s. Has some good laughs, but you can TOTALLY tell they only did this for the money. 3 stars
5/19/04 Jeff S Puss in Boots made this movie. Funniest animated character ever. 4 stars
5/19/04 Blakers a great film 5 stars
5/19/04 Superdave better than the first 5 stars
5/19/04 Christina Pray for mercy from Puss-In-Boots!!!!! 5 stars
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