(Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, John Cleese / PG / 81 mins / Dreamworks)
Overview: Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) return from their honeymoon to find a dinner invite from Fiona's parents, the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. They heard their daughter had wed, but they assumed she married Prince Charming and are shocked at the arrival of two green ogres and a donkey (Eddie Murphy). Wanting to break up the couple, the King enlists the help of Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas).
Verdict: Not as funny as the first film, 'Shrek 2's story is definitely richer, more emotionally complex and better written. At its best, this sequel draws up a brilliant new blueprint for all-ages animation, blending fairy-tale whimsy with edgy social satire. At its worst, the film is a giddy stew of pop-cultural references and fairy tales elements, flavored by a witty screenplay and several vigorously funny performances. You can just tell that a lot of thought, heart and soul went into 'Shrek 2' and it shows from beginning to end. It's sharp, funny and has a twisted sensibility that manages to be just right for every age group ... just like its original blueprint. Oh, and Antonio Banderas and the Dreamworks animators have teamed up to create a great character, Puss-in-Boots. Cat 'people' will love this! Itís not so much a prediction as a no-brainer that 'Shrek 2' is going to be very, very big this summer!!
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