Swanner: You may be thinking to yourself … how can they make another Shrek movie? Do they still have something to say? Unfortunately the answer is no, not really. The latest Shrek movie is all about a discontented ogre who wants just one more day of just being a carefree ogre. Enter Rumpelstiltskin, who offers Shrek that chance at being a single ogre again for one day and all Shrek has to do is give up one day of his life. Of course Rumpelstiltskin has other plans like taking over Far Far Away.
Judd: I lost interest in Shrek after the last installment, it seems the people making the movies did to. Everything that we loved about the Shrek movies — the Disney satire, the sharp pop culture references — is gone and we’re left with an unfunny movie with a plot that fails to hook you.
Swanner: I didn’t dislike the third installment. It had lost a bit of steam from the first two but it was still light and fun. Once Rumpelstiltskin changes everything the fairytale kingdom becomes dark and scary, something I didn’t expect from the lighthearted Shrek films. I think the director Mike Mitchell and screen writers Josh Klausner & Darren Lemke completely forgot what made the movies work. Puss in Boots and Donkey were the only two characters that made the film tolerable. Well, there was the little boy that wanted Shrek to roar that had me peeing my pants
Judd: The little boy was hysterical, and that’s sad because he had maybe 5 minutes of screen time. It’s unfortunate that Hollywood feels the need to bleed every franchise dry before they actually put it to bed. While Shrek isn’t one of my favorites, it doesn’t deserve this kind of finale.
Swanner: I feel bad as well but because i was a big fan of the franchise. Shrek was the big “non” Pixar animated title that set the standard for all others. I just hope this means they’re done and Shrek is put to bed.