Shrek once said that ogres are like onions. If this is true, then Shrek is the aging, brown onion that has been left in the back of the refrigirator for a little too long. It kind of stinks now.
In this sequel, Shrek finds life as a happily married ogre to be, well, not so happy. To escape from the everday rituals of a married life, Shrek cuts a deal with the cunning Rumpelstiltskin; Shrek has to give up a day from his past in exchange for a day to feel like a real ogre again but, as always, things are not as easy as they appear.
You might be asking yourself, "So what's so special about this new 'Shrek' movie?". My answer to that would be, "absolutely nothing". Sure there are some twists and turns in this film but none of them are totally unpredictable and they are not anything that you need to rush to the theater to go see.
If you like these characters like I do and you cannot wait to see all of them back in action then you may be disappointed. This film almost entirely revolves around, big shocker here, Shrek ( I mean it is called Shrek Forever After isn't it?). It is indeed a rare sight in this film to see any of the original characters outside of Shrek, Donkey, or Puss and that is kind of upsetting because the characters like Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Man, Wolfy, and the Three Blind Mice were a big reason that the original 'Shrek' was such a big hit.
Shrek Forever After is kind of like an old dog; you have loved it for years, you've grown up with it and become attatched to it, but now it can barely walk across the room when you call its name. If you care for the dog then you are eventually going to have to put it down; however, it seems to me that the animators kind of love this too much to put it down and now it is just getting sad. The animators claim that this is the last 'Shrek' film and let's hope it is because he got old a whole sequel ago.
This new sequel, however, is far better than its predecessor, Shrek 3 and I guess if you are going to put down a dog, you want it to go out with dignity, so I guess this fourth film is not all bad.
So in closing, if you like Shrek and his friends like I do then Shrek Forever After is a must-see if you want to know how it ends ( and I know you do ). But let me give you a heads up: You won't be entirely suprised. If you could care less for the ogre and all those fairytale creatures then I suppose you could just disregard this new installment.