Shrek the Third
Shrek the Third is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film, it is a sequel to DreamWorks' GMW and ''GMW and the third installment to the Shrek franchise. It's widely considered to be the lowest point of the franchise.
When King Harold of Far, Far Away (John Cleese) dies, Shrek, (Mike Myers) Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) must go and find the heir to the throne, Arthur, (Justin Timberlake) also known as "Artie". But while that's happening, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) hatches a plot to take over Far, Far Away and kill Shrek when he returns.
- The film lacks the charm of the first two because almost every joke is incredibly tasteless and not even funny, like when Shrek accidentally puts his sword into a guy's shoulder while practicing knighting.
- Speaking of which, there’s a surprisingly large kill-count in a kids film - such as a scene when Shrek accidentally sinks a ship which ends up killing dozens of people, King Harold’s on-screen death and Prince Charming’s demise at the end of the film when a tower falls on him.
- The fairy tale creatures barely contribute anything to the plot, making them pointless.
- Shrek becoming a father with babies is an extremely pointless and annoying cliché.
- On that topic, they had to change Shrek's character in order to fit the babies in.
- Even though the first two acts have their moments, the third act falls to a predictable and unfunny finale.
- On a related topic, if one looks closely at some of the film's promotional posters and trailers, they show the ogre babies, which just spoils the ending.
- Every character in this film doesn't appear to act how they usually did in the first two films.
- A very tasteless death scene with King Harold; he does two death fake-outs. What also doesn't help is that what is meant to be a heartbreaking and serious scene is instead filled with pointless and unfunny gags.
- While Prince Charming is the main antagonist of the film, he’s basically treated as this film’s “punching bag” which makes you feel a bit of sympathy for him.
- On that topic, it feels lazy recycling a previous villain in another sequel, as Charming is not as intimidating or entertaining as Lord Farquaad, the Fairy Godmother or Rumpelstiltskin.
- The overused and annoying crying baby sound is used for the first baby ogre in Shrek's nightmare after it vomits all over him.
- The pace is very inconsistent and is all over the place, as it goes between fast paced and slow paced.
- While the musical score is kind of decent, the soundtrack does have its absolutely cringe-worthy moments:
- One scene attempts to use Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song", but it gets the timing of the scream completely wrong and then proceeds to play an entirely different song.
- Some of the song choices themselves don't fit the tone in some scenes, the biggest offender being the Damien Rice song "9 Crimes", since the scene it plays in is supposed to be sad and dour, but it becomes confusing when a song about infidelity is being played.
- Shrek and Fiona's children add absolutely nothing to the story and plot other than being a typical "happy ending" for our main characters.
- The film adds in a subplot where Puss and Donkey swap bodies. There is no reason for this other than to give the duo something to do in this film.
- There are several plot holes, such as how Prince Charming is able to roam free shortly after the events of Shrek 2.
- A majority of the jokes are very unfunny, especially the infamous "Well somebody better be dying." line before the scene smash-cutting to King Harold on his death bed.
- Shrek's baby nightmare sequence is too frightening for a kids movie, especially the part where the ogre baby-faced Donkey says "Dada!".
- Nice animation that's a nice step up from the first two films.
- A couple of funny scenes, such as Puss in Donkey's body doing his cute eyes thing only for the guards to find him weird.
- Arthur and Merlin give a laugh every now and then, and are very enjoyable characters.
- Amazing voice acting, thanks to the cast reprising their roles.
- Seth Rogen does make a decent, almost unrecognizable cameo.
- As mentioned above, some of the song choices are decent, but not as good as the second film's for the reasons previously stated.
- Though not a great villain, Prince Charming's motivations to take over Far, Far Away and avenge his deceased mother are very justified and reasonable.
- The scene when Shrek and Artie talk about their fathers is nice.
- It reunited John Cleese and Eric Idle, who were known for being on Monty Python.
- Artie’s speech at the end is a very nice message.
- The idea of taking all the known fairy-tale bad guys into a gang to take over a kingdom is pretty original.