The third outing for the Shrek franchise is serviceable and amusing â€“ no joke too low to stoop for, which will amuse adolescents and anyone younger as it demolishes high-school mope-fests, the Arthurian legends, dinner-theater venues and the princess phenomenon along with Far Far Awayâ€™s throne room. Shrek the Third struck a lot of reviewers as a comedy claim out of which all the original wit had been mined, and perhaps they have a point. Now we know what to expect; this is just the continuation of the story of a love-struck ogre coping with love and responsibility in a deeply skewed world. But watching Shrek The Third remains a more agreeable use of an hour and a half than a lot of other movies out there, first run and DVD release. The princesses storming the castle with the aid of Snow Whiteâ€™s little woodland friends and a blast of â€œBarracudaâ€ is definitely worth the cost of the DVD, as is Eric Idle voicing the befuddled Merlin as a nervous high school teacher.
The extras included are generous and a bit of a mixed bag: Artieâ€™s Worchester High yearbook is a very long and detailed send-up, and funnier if the viewer knows the Arthurian canon. The â€œDonkey Danceâ€ is a quick and witty parody of â€œSafety Danceâ€, but the â€œlost scenesâ€ are just original story-board sketches with outlining an assortment of scenes not developed past that point. (We lost interest at the first, and fast-forwarded through the next two.) â€œBig Green Goofsâ€ are a disturbing collection of computer glitches involving the characters animations and scenes which was at least interesting. â€œShrekâ€™s Guide to Parentingâ€ offered advice from various characters on child-rearing: Puss in Bootâ€™s advice was the funniest.
Shrek the Third is now available from Amazon.com and other retail outlets.
Sgt. Mom is a freelance writer who lives in San Antonio and blogs at â€œThe Daily Briefâ€. Her own most recent book is a historical novel, â€œTo Truckeeâ€™s Trailâ€, which was reviewed here at Blogger News Network, and is available from Booklocker.com.