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My review of Shrek.The film Shrek is based on a childrens book written by William Steig. Shrek is essentially Beauty and the Beast with a few clever twists.

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"The Green Hero" Released Date: 29th June 2001 (UK) 18th May 2001 (USA) Running Time: Ninety minutes. Followed by: Shrek II (2004) and Shrek III (2007) Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy and Fantasy. DreamWorks Pictures' wonderful, amusing Shrek proves to be the latest family film to live up to its position. With its blend of high adventure, light romance, and double-layered conversations. Shrek is capable of fascinating both children and their parents. Shrek is not a guilty pleasure for sophisticated movie-goers; it is, purely and simply, a pleasure. When it comes to computer-generated motion pictures, Shrek has once more raised the bar - and this one was already at an impressively high level in the wake of "Toy Story 2" and "Dinosaur." Yet Shrek outshines them both, boasting the most impressive detail and most amazingly rendered creatures of any motion picture in its class. And, although the human beings still don't look entirely realistic, they're getting close. ...read more.

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Donkey is fleeing soldiers who are rounding up all the fairy tale creatures with the intent of resettling them. Unfortunately for Shrek, the local landholder, Lord Farquaad (voice of John Lithgow), has decided to deport them to Shrek's swamp. This causes the irritated ogre, accompanied by his new best friend, Donkey, to head for the city of Duloc, where Farquaad holds court. There, he makes a deal with the noble - in return for getting back his swamp, Shrek will perform a quest and rescue Princess Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) from the tower where she is held prisoner. The catch: she's guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. Farquaad wants Fiona for his wife, and figures that the ogre might be his best chance to rescue her. But what he doesn't count on, and what Shrek doesn't expect, is that the beauty and the beast will develop feelings for each other. Many of Shrek's funniest lines will go over younger viewer's heads, but there are still plenty that won't. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eddie Murphy shows that a real comic genius can get laughs without relying on his own facial expressions and body language. Murphy's Donkey is one of the funniest characters he has brought to the screen. Finally, Cameron Diaz's princess is equal parts sugar and vinegar. She believes in true love and Prince Charming, but, she's not afraid to do a little Matrix-style butt kicking. The interplay between Shrek and Princess Fiona is sweet and tender, while the exchanges between the ogre and the ass are often sarcastic and funny. Like the Princess Bride, Shrek breaks with convention, but not so far that viewers will be put off by it. And, while there is a happy ending, it's not necessarily the conclusion that many people will be expecting. First time co-directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson have crafted a movie to be proud of, and one that will hopefully receive a lot of attention, even during the crowded summer season. Shrek is easily one of the year's most magical experiences. It's a definite 5 out of 5 stars from me. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aicha Hebbachi Pg ...read more.

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