Shrek 2

18 June 2004

Last night, on the spur of the moment, Lisa and I decided to go and see Shrek 2. What a hoot. It was very funny film. There were so many in-jokes, allusions and references to other movies (e.g. a giant gingerbread man that was reminiscent of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghost Busters, which itself was a parody of the Pillsbury Dough Boy) I think the animation is the best I’ve seen. Look out for some of the details on Prince Charming (e.g. his mole, the way his clothes are rumpled, the movement of his hair). However, like many animated features there are times where the animation isn’t up to the same high standard.

Two performances really stood out—Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots and Jennifer Saunders as the Fairy Godmother. In particular, the songs (“Holding Out for a Hero” and “Fairy Godmother Song” ) sung by Jennifer were very well done; I didn’t know she could sing that well—this will be one sound-track I have to buy. All in all, another one for the DVD collection.