SHREK – Movie Review

Dear friends,

Recently I watched a very funny movie with Shrek and Donkey. Here’s my review.

Shrek - the Ogre

Shrek – the Ogre

The movie begins with, “Once upon a time there was a Lovely Princess. But she had an enchantment upon her of a fearful sort. Which could only be broken by love’s first kiss. She was locked away in a castle, guarded by a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Many brave knights had attempted to free her from this dreadful prison. But none prevailed. She waited in the Dragon’s keep. In the highest room of the tallest tower, for her true love and true love’s first kiss.”

Shrek, the ogre, is cleaning in the swamp where he lives.  The towns people are coming after him. Lord Farquaad has ordered all Fairy Tale Characters to be arrested.

The talking donkey is almost arrested. He meets Shrek. Shrek allows him to stay in the swamp for one night. Donkey says, “In the mornin’ I’m makin’ waffles.”

Donkey

Donkey

Lord Farquaad evicted the fairy tale creatures from their homes. They are all hiding in Shrek’s swamp.

Shrek and Donkey travel to Farquaad’s kingdom. He wants the evictions lifted so the characters can go back to their homes.

The magic mirror tells Farquaad he needs to marry Fiona if he is to be King of DuLac. She is a prisoner of the dragon. He is having a tournament to choose a winner to rescue Fiona from the dragon.

Lord Farquaad

Lord Farquaad and the Magic Mirror

Shrek and Donkey arrive at DuLoc and enter the contest. In an easy victory, they defeat all of the solders—pro wrestling style. Farquaad sends Shrek to kill the dragon and rescue Fiona.

He and donkey agree to get his swamp back. They leave for the dragon’s castle.

Upon arrival at the castle, they cross a robe bridge. It suspends over a moat of fiery lava.

Donkey finds the dragon. Shrek grabs its tail. The dragon flings him through Fiona’s roof. He lands in her room.

As the dragon is about to eat donkey, Donkey starts complimenting the dragon. She falls in love with him.

Shrek rescues donkey and Fiona. They escape. As they travel back to DuLoc, Fiona insists on hiding each night.

Later at DuLoc, Farquaad and Fiona are being married. Shrek and Donkey ride the dragon to the wedding. During the wedding, at sunset, Fiona turns into an ogre.

Fiona

Fiona

Fiona says, “When I was a little girl, a witch casts a spell on me. Every night, I turn into an ogre.”  “By night one way, by day another. This shall be the norm until you find true Love’s first kiss. and then take Love’s true form.”

Farquaad orders her locked in the tower forever. Donkey and dragon enter the room. The dragon eats Farquaad.

Shrek kisses Fiona. The spell is broken. Fiona changes into an ogre permanently. They marry in the swamp and leave for their honeymoon.

The movie ends.

This is a wonderfully funny movie. A pleasure to watch.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

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