SHREK. 2001. STARRING MIKE MYERS, CAMERON DIAZ, EDDIE MURPHY AND JOHN LITHGOW. REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©
I had the opportunity to watch this film recently on the big screen at my local library as part of a ‘throwback’ season of childrens’ films. Watching it for only the second time overall, I couldn’t understand why I hadn’t really taken to it first time around. It’s actually a great kids’ film and a good laugh to boot. I thoroughly enjoyed it this time round.
Shrek is the big green ogre with the sticky-out ears whom we all recognise. He lives a solitary life in his little house on the swamp which he guards jealously. Imagine how annoyed he is then when the jumped-up little squirt with an exalted sense of his own importance that is Lord Farquad orders a whole community of fairytale characters to be banished to the swamp permanently.
Yep, Shrek now has Snow White and her seven vertically-challenged followers, the Three Bears, Pinocchio and a whole host of other fairytale characters camped on his patch against his will. He ain’t happy about it. With Eddie Murphy’s talking donkey for company, he sets off to tell Lord Farquad what he thinks of him.
The oily, conceited Lord Farquad tells Shrek that he can only have his precious swamp back if he goes and finds the beautiful Princess Fiona in her isolated castle and brings her to him so that he, Lord Farquad, can marry her.
Shrek duly sets off to find Princess Fiona. Before too much time has elapsed, he finds the castle in which the Princess waits eagerly to be rescued by her true love, gets the better of the dragon who guards her and sets off back to Lord Farquad’s castle with the Princess over his broad green shoulder.
Shrek and Fiona get to know each other on the journey back and, by the time they’ve reached Lord Farquad’s hideously soulless castle, the inevitable has happened and they’ve fallen in love. Princess Fiona has a secret, though, and it’s quite a doozy, let me tell you. Will it bring her and Shrek together, or will it tear them apart forever…? A good reviewer never tells.
I can say, though, that there are quite a few laughs in the film, the songs are great and the love story is heartwarming, with a nice little moral thrown in for the kiddies for good measure. SHREK would be a good choice as the DVD to stick on at your kids’ birthday party, and I have a feeling that the mammies and daddies present will enjoy it too.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.
Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based performance poet, novelist, film blogger, sex blogger and short story writer. She has given more than 200 performances of her comedy sex-and-relationship poems in different venues around Dublin, including The Irish Writers’ Centre, The International Bar, Toners’ Pub (Ireland’s Most Literary Pub), the Ha’penny Inn, Le Dernier Paradis at the Trinity Inn and The Strokestown Poetry Festival.
Her articles, short stories and poems have appeared in The Metro-Herald newspaper, Ireland’s Big Issues magazine, The Irish Daily Star, The Irish Daily Sun and The Boyne Berries literary journal. In August 2014, she won the ONE LOVELY BLOG award for her (lovely!) horror film review blog. She is addicted to buying books and has been known to bring home rain-washed tomes she finds on the street and give them a home.
She is the proud possessor of a pair of unfeasibly large bosoms. They have given her- and the people around her- infinite pleasure over the years. She adores the horror genre in all its forms and will swap you anything you like for Hammer Horror or JAWS memorabilia. She would also be a great person to chat to about the differences between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical Cut of The Wicker Man. You can contact her at: