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Its just a shame that the film is never as clever or as hip as it so desperately feels the need to be.
Its a smart film that kids will doubtless enjoy, but also provides a wealth of wry gags for adults, many of them aimed in the direction of old Walts M ..
Its this deconstructive characteristic that will attract the more mature and savvy viewers, who dont ordinarily see animated features.
Soon it will be the biggest grossing animated feature of all time.
The humor is adult, the characters mature and well rounded, but the film still manages to stay on a level that is almost irresistibly attractive to ch ..
Among the many reasons why Shrek is such heady entertainment is that it represents a leap in computer animation, and the wow factor is extraordinary.
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Chalk this sucker up with Toy Story 2 and Chicken Run in the fun for the whole family category.
Only in this witty tale, everything is turned inside out with surprises abounding at every turn.
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But somebody (at least four writers and innumerable script doctors) forgot to write a decent screenplay.
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And it is not as much a family movie as it is a comedy for all audiences.It has a diabolical sense of humor and a really big heart.
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Characters from the classics make cameo appearances in this computer generated survey of fairy tale history (2001)aa movie whose story may be even mor ..
That much of the irreverent humor operates on dual runways, one for jaded adults and another for the all too waning population of innocent tots, makes ..
Laramie Movie Scope: Shrek A great new animated feature film by Robert Roten, Film Critic May 31, 2001 Shrek is more than just a dazzling technical ac ..
You may not want young, impressionable kids seeing it and reveling in the gross stuff, but everyone else should find it a wickedly funny diversion.
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Shrek qualifies as a classic animated movie, and one of the more charming films to grace screens in a long time.
On its own merits, its great funinnocently PG bawdy, beautifully animated (the expressive faces are a big advance over Antz), and sending up fairy tal ..
While such humor is what makes the film entertaining and often hilarious when not otherwise generally amusing, its the fabulous cast of characters the ..
Children will love it, while adults can enjoy the action movie homages and Disney mocking.
Forget the in jokes, the moral messages about beauty being skin deep (No!
Not really, but certainly too clever for younger children, who will wonder why the adults accompanying them can bust out laughing at unpredictable mom ..
The physical mayhem and gross out humour will keep kids giggling helplessly while the grown ups enjoy the general anarchic satire.
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Even Robin Hood is recast as an arrogant river dancing Frenchman, in one of the films best sequences.
Best of all, Shrek doesnt resolve its problems in the expected manner; in this age of eight year old Britney Spears and NSync wannabes, its nice to ha ..
This unconventionally structured thriller moves at an energetic pace, spurred by a string of clever variations on conventional film narrative.
This is not your average family cartoon.Shrek is jolly and wicked, filled with sly in jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart.
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Billed as a fractured fairy tale, it offers plenty of laughs on one level.
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The nice thing about the movie is its playfully irreverent attitude.
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A lot of the beats are a bit too familiar from previous entries in the series, which isnt surprising given that this is the fifth film to play off the ..
The movie is a marvelous fairy tale, with a thrilling quest and a happily ever after ending.
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Though at its core its more honest and warmhearted than most animated films, its surface is brittle, smart and occasionally caustic.
As a result, the film appeals to both adults and children: kids will love the colourful, cutting edge computer animation, while everyone else should g ..
Once upon a time, an ogre named Shrek lived in a mythical but nonetheless insalubrious swamp.
But beyond that, its a gas to watch.It takes amusing liberties with fairy tale characters, pokes fun at the Disney military industrial complex and red ..
This is a reflection of the movies perpetual sense of doubleness.Those still innocent of postmodernism say, under the age of 2 will simply see a rousi ..
There is humor throughout that kids will be able to thoroughly enjoy, but also a constant slew of jokes that will have the adults rolling (if my theat ..
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His sassy, fast talking delivery of one liners will amuse the youngsters and please the adults.
The animation made sport with the sheer fantastical unreality of it all.
The movie is a constant delight for its exuberant simplicity, its avoidance of sensational effects, its wit and a true feeling that transcends sentime ..
This is largely thanks to the impressive triple act of Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.
Shrek is not a guilty pleasure for sophisticated movie goers; it is, purely and simply, a pleasure.
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Its humor is broad and crude, the jokes flatulent and almost entirely toilet based.
Ive seen it twice: the jokes, allusions and sub textual send up of the Disney empire fill every wicked, Mickey Mouse taking minute.Animated entirely b ..
Its musical scenes are unusually powerful, its wit remarkably vicious, its central love story genuinely touching.
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But in the long run the story, disappointingly, falls back on the exactly kind of trite plot devices the movie should be making fun of.
It gives Mr. Murphy a chance to reprise his desperate to ingratiate character from Mulan, probably the subtlest of the films many relentless jabs at t ..
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Still, as low as some of the humor stoops, it cant spoil this imaginative, often clever film.Like last summers sleeper hit Chicken Run (which came fro ..
Stay Home by Self has a more tastefully childlike appeal, but the problem is that it is a slick production looking for a better song.
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Fast, irreverent and magnificently animated and acted with a degree of expressiveness and textural detail heretofore unseen in computer graphics, this ..
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Half the films wonder must be reserved for the digital wizardry that renders its fantastical characters with such plump fleshiness and gives its wide ..
What saves this movie are the performances by the actors, particularly Murphy and Myers.
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But its old fashioned, solid storytelling that will have audiences on their feet for this instant classic, whose characters are far more involving tha ..
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A fresh fruitatious smorgasbord of laughter that has but one disappointing blemish.
And the shine has come off the sassy modern day parallels to Hollywood.
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Shrek Review By Joe Lozito View all articles by Joe Lozito DreamWorks tears a page out of Pixars book and presents a goofy, scatologically funny Ogre ..
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Sure, theres fun in the premise of a self conscious fairy tale, mixing adventure and satire, but the film really got me when it eased up a bit on the ..
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It doesnt take long to figure out that Shrek is not going to be your ordinary animated fairy tale.
This inventive, irreverent, wildly funny spoof of fairy tales should be DreamWorks first animated film to blow Disney out of the water.
As has been the tradition with animated features distributed by Dreamworks SKG, this film may not be considered perfectly appropriate for little child ..
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The witty, fractured fairy tale Shrek has a solid base of clever writing.
What rescues Shrek from its crude humor and cynicism, in the end, is its heart and it does have one.
Cant believe the spectacular craziness of what I saw, cant convey the full folly of this opulent, gleefully decadent phantasmagoria.
The only things it takes seriously are the notions of true love and beauty is only skin deep, good things for kids to soak up after theyve had their f ..
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A combination like that is a special joy that even the best Disney film cannot hope to match.
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There may be a fine line between stupid and clever, as Spinal Tap opined, but theres also a fine line between clever and funny.
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DreamWorks Pictures again proves a name to trust for imaginative, funny animated movies that delight kids and adults equally.
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Disney, Shrek still manages to browbeat a few moral lessons out of its lifelike characters.Vanity: bad.
But any good cartoon or fairy tale can be called successful if it allows adults to relive the emotional joy of their childhood so that then they could ..
Regardless, this is definitely a step up from Prince of Egypt, so at least we can say DreamWorks is heading in the right direction.Animation fans shou ..
And its a pleasure to be able to report that the movie both captures and expands upon the books playful spirit of deconstruction.
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Its also a reminder of villainous Brit toffs aside how bland the Disney voices are.The movies best departure from the book is the way it kickstarts th ..
If you have any sense of humor, you wont leave the theater disappointed.
Its uneven but tasty and full of instant energy.The opening onslaught of scatological humor may make you eye the exits longingly.
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The lack of manipulative sentimentality in Shrek allows for the more serious moments to be genuinely touching and meaningful.
But in its waning moments, this irreverent fable (from the folks who brought us Antz) opts for exactly the kind of happily ever after nonsense it has ..
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Instead of reaching a welcome climax, the film slides back toward its comfortably mediocre cynicism.Even the whiff of an admirable messagethat all dif ..
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The action speeds along like a Japanese bullet train, managing to be both relentlessly hip and conventionally mythical, while turning every old fashio ..
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But the animated movie does its best to make us feel comfortable.
(Whether you love Shrek also depends on whether computer animation leaves you cold or thrilling to an exciting advance in the form.)
Indeed, this animated adventure raises the bar of technical achievement while entertaining the whole family.Stealing the show is Eddie Murphys charact ..
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Ask a married couple or a pair in a long term romantic relationship about what it takes to stay together and youre likely to get any number of answers ..
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Its a cartoon full of kinks, Airplane! for the nursery school set.But its jokes carry no weight.
Shrek kicks the summer movie season off in highly entertaining style.
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