Shrek 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Dreamworks film about an ogre named Shrek and his beloved companion Donkey. Following the events of the first film, Shrek has just returned from his honeymoon with Fiona. However, when the newlyweds arrive at their home in the swamp, an invitation awaits.
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The Film Review
Once again, Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey are sent on a wondrous adventure full of laughs, charm, and romance. With new characters and some returning fan-favorites, this sequel looks to recreate the fairy tale magic that made the first movie such a success. Let’s see if Shrek 2 is just as much fun as the first movie or a disappointing sequel that lacks the magic.
Shrek 2 picks up almost immediately after the end of the original movie. With Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) happily married, the pair enjoy their romantic honeymoon. Despite how happy they are, it seems like some townsfolk still take issue with their ogre appearance.
Returning home to the swamp, Fiona and Shrek are reunited with Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) and are soon greeted by a message from The Kingdom Far Far Away. It seems that Fiona’s parents are throwing a royal ball in celebration of her marriage, and now Shrek must deal with the awkwardness that comes with meeting his wife’s parents.
This sends the trio on a trip to Fiona’s homeland, which resembles the hustle and bustle of glitzy Hollywood. In addition to being a romantic comedy about meeting the parents, Shrek 2 is also a fish-out-of-water story, as Shrek tries to acclimate to these new surroundings. Unfortunately, things don’t turn out so “happily ever after”, as Shrek must prove his worth to Fiona’s judgmental parents.
This journey to prove himself has Shrek and Donkey running into a handful of characters, both new and old. This includes the always funny Pinocchio (voiced by Cody Cameron) and Gingerbread Man (voiced by Conrad Vernon), as well as new faces Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas) and the Fairy Godmother (voiced by Jennifer Saunders).
Shrek 2 takes all the aspects that made the original Shrek so good and infuses them with the spectacle of high fantasy. Kings, Queens, love potions, and knights in shining armor are all on display in this humorous sequel.
As an added bonus, the visual effects are an obvious step up from the original, providing some awesome spectacles and colorful scenes. It succeeds at being a family-friendly film with plenty of heart and charm and still has plenty of funny gags and references to pop culture. Although the story isn’t as iconic as the first film, Shrek 2 is still loads of fun. Luckily, this is a sequel with a happy ending, both in quality and in the narrative.
- Higher budget visuals make for a beautiful spectacle
- New characters are just as memorable as returning favorites
- The love story is heartfelt and honest
- Lacks the variety of genre that the first film had
- The “Hollywood” setting is vastly underused