It’s exciting to see Shyamalan on such confident footing once more, all these years later.
DreamWorks Pictures presents an animated film directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. Written by J. David Stem, Joe Stillman and David N. Weiss, based on the characters by William Steig. Running time: 105 minutes. Rated PG (for some crude humor, brief substance reference and some suggestive content).
'Shrek 2" is bright, lively and entertaining, but it's no "Shrek." Maybe it's too much to expect lightning to strike twice. "Shrek" was so original in its animation and such an outpouring of creative imagination that it blindsided us; "Shrek 2" is wonderful in its own way, but more earthbound. It's more fun to see Shrek slay a dragon than to watch him meeting his new in-laws.
Shrek (voice again by Mike Myers) actually seems teetering on the brink of middle-class respectability in the sequel. There's nothing like a good woman to tame an ogre. His outsider status as the loner in the swamp has changed dramatically through his romance with Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), although his table manners could stand improvement when he has dinner with her parents, King Harold (John Cleese) and Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews).
In the first film, as you may remember, Fiona's curse was that she had been taken captive by a dragon, but could be freed if the dragon was slain and she was kissed by the hero who did the deed. Ideally, that would have been Prince Charming (Rupert Everett), but in "Shrek 2," when he finally arrives in the neighborhood, he discovers to his intense disappointment that the ogre has already slain the dragon and wed the princess -- and that Shrek's kiss dramatically transformed Fiona. No longer petite, she is tall and broad and green, and an ogre.