DVD Review: "Shrek the Third"
December 12, 2007
by: Jared Counts
(Dreamworks Home Entertainment. 2007. 1 Disc. Color. Widescreen. 92 Minutes. Rated PG. Directed by Chris Miller.) Featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Rupert Everett and Justin Timberlake. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.
The makers of this series should've stopped when they were ahead. When Princess Fiona's father passes away, it's up to Shrek and Donkey to find Artie (Timberlake), the new heir to the throne. In Shrek's absence, Prince Charming and a posse of fairy-tale villains take over the kingdom. Now, I've never been as enamored of this series as some, but the previous two films had a wit and charm that this one seems to lack. There are a few high points, such as Artie's groveling and Queen Lillian (Andrews) taking out not one, but two stone walls with her forehead, but it largely feels warmed over. On the plus side, its a very pretty movie, with very expressive characters and detailed backgrounds, but those can't cover for a lackluster script. Also, a note to the producers, the addition of babies does not equal instant comedy. The writers really have their work cut out for them if they're going to stretch this series to five films (no, seriously, five). The special features include a look at Artie's yearbook (which gets tedious quickly), Shrek's Guide to Parenting (blah), deleted scenes, a blooper reel of CG hiccups, some games for the kids and a look at the technology behind the movie. A good example of how good things don't always come in threes.
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