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This was a fun 3D choice. The first Shrek wasn't originally intended for 3D and when it was converted to 3D many of the character's designs looked strangely off-putting and misshapen--they were simply never intended to be seen in 3D. This film, the final installment in the series, was intended for 3D from the start and the minute modifications made to the character's designs did the trick. No disturbingly off-putting looking characters here--unless intended of course. A decent conclusion to the franchise, rendered well on 3D.
The movie started fantastic and we were enjoying every minute until the 1:08:29 mark. The character of Eddie Murphy says "What are you talking about cracker?". Had a white actor used something as "Negro please!" or any other phrase used to make fun of another race, this movie would have never made it to the big screen. Since when it's ok to use that kind of language? Why is it ok to use that in a movie? I am not white, but I hate racial slurs. A kids movie should be just that, kids move. What's not good for some should not be good for others. I'm very disappointed.
My son love love loves this movie and we watch it at least once a day! He is only two but quotes several spots in the movie and it is one of the ones on our constant rotation. I loved that I can buy it digitally so that it can be not only on our Firesticks but also on his iPad and other devices where he can watch it wherever we are.
OK the story is not original anymore but this is a very creative new tale using the same cast. The visuals and music are as usual superb fun and unique. You don't appreciate how much effort went into the witches or ogres until you've seen it several times, as is true for most of the movie. I did not enjoy this as much the first time as I have each time after, it is just such a rich work with little nuances in the characters and scenes which brings me to the magic part. This is one of the Shreks you can keep watching and enjoy newly noticed parts each time. Excellent entertainment and a DVD worth owning
This film is great it is the way Shrek was in the first two movies. A great blend of action, (cheeky) comedy, and excellent animation. This film has everything I as a fan cried out for after the third movie, which I found very disappointing. I love the grimming of the fairy tale characters, but they still seem to be fun, then you have the main villain who is just evil and you wanted to get his comeuppance.
The story. Shrek is not happy!!! The once feared ogre is not a respected/revered to celebrity proportions. He does not like it he think he is not only losing his identity, but everything that makes him an ogre. Enter Rumpelstiltskin the deal maker, with his own axe to grind since the first film. He offers Shrek a day for a day deal, Shrek get to be his old school ogre for a day, but must give up a day of Rumpelstiltskin's choosing. When this day is disastrous for the world Shrek must get his old gang back to together and once again save the kingdom of Far Far away, his family and himself.
As a fan of Shrek I enjoyed every bit of this film and was even the music. Lots of fight scenes to keep me interested, slapstick comedy, and a good story and ending to wrap everything up. If you like the first couple of Shrek films get this. It definitely makes up for the third film. Get it and enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 starsIn one word, absolutely fantastic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 13, 2019
Absolutely brilliant, especially where the eyeballs pop out of Shreks nostrils. I have just turned 68 and spent all last weekend watching all four Shrek films over and over again. Who ever thinks these up has got a fantastic imagination and full credit to the animators.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 22, 2011
I should have known that when film makers go to the effort of making a series of movies when it gets to the point that now this sequel movie is not good as the previous then you should stop right there and wait until it comes on TV, that way you save your money buying this. The 1st half hour was too rushed, and i couldn't make sense of it until i watched the 1st part of the movie again. the 1st 2 movies were so good that i couldn't stop laughing, the 3rd one was average and then the last one was the last straw. This and the 3rd part didn't have the x factor of the 1st two and seemed like it was not thought out. there were elements in the 3rd movies that were just not good either and i am happy i didn't buy that. in the 1st two movies there was an element of a serious story line with the hint of fairy tale creatures that made it funny and worthwhile to watch. the 3rd and 4th movies were heavily pushed towards being funny rather than a serious story line and some sections of the movie that were supposed to be funny were just trying too hard to be funny, seemed rushed, not thought through and it didn't work. best to avoid and wait for it to come on TV.
5.0 out of 5 starsFab film and great little extras
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2012
First off if you aren't christmassy or are expecting an extended short added extra within the Shrektacular then don't buy this if it's going to cost you extra. I bought this late so it was only a few pence difference to buying just the film and I love everything christmassy. Fab box set and I love both the discs, should imagine the extras are even better if you have children. Great film and the forth in the Shrek series. Lots of action and giggles for both adults and children, particually for the adults. I have loved the shrek series purely because it does keep you laughing as an adult with 'adult in jokes' which aren't harmful or likely to upset children. This is a very clever franchise that appeals on all levels. A must if you have seen the shrek series and if you haven't you better start watching from the beginning!
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is the second best Shrek movie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2015
This film is way better than Shrek 2 & 3, and is only surpassed by the original film itself. It is a bit of an injustice that film has been overlooked by so many people due to the other sequels, and whilst I would never want to bring down puss, donkey or any of the other characters from these films, the main bad guy in Shrek 4 is really excellent, voiced brilliantly, and animated to sheer perfection. Add to that the story is wholly original as well staying faithful to the genre, this films deservers a much wider audience than it currently has, and it’s funny as hell in lots places too. This copy of the film has the blu ray and dvd as well as all the cool extras, and considering that it cost me 54p you cannot go wrong in buying a copy of this for yourself, as well as for a friend, and for someone else’s birthday.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2019
Product came in wrapped case but disc was in the case lose due to the clips being broken inside! So from it travelling and rolling around lose in the case it came deeply scratched.. It still plays though, thanks god with one shrek mad child!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 17, 2011
The film itself is typical of the Shrek movies being very watchable no matter what your age although, in my view, children will probably enjoy watching it more than once (oh all right so maybe I did!). The second disc in this set....oh boy, what a load of tripe. One of the items on it is Shrek lighting a fire and walking off. I thought something was going to happen but after 5 minutes realised that the lit fire was all that WAS going to happen! As for the rest of the twaddle on the disc, well I'm not even going to go there. Stick to the single disc edition and save some money.
After the blandness of Shrek lll the final film is darker, more serious and very, very good. Shrek nearly loses everything - his wife, his family, his friends - and has to woo Fiona all over again - ponly this time she has delivered herself from the dragon-guarded castle and is an independent, embittered warrior princess leading a band of freedom-fighting ogres.
Despite this, there are lots of laughs, a satisfying conclusion. Great for families, especially if the parents are getting to their mid-life crisis
5.0 out of 5 starsShrek 4, you know what to expect, but it's still good watching
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2014
The final chapter, well they had to stop somewhere I suppose, but why so soon? Since this film was made they produced a few short stories, but for laughs per pound the films win every time. There are storylines for all generations to enjoy as before, with moral dilemmas and redemption for the more serious among the audience and silly fun for us men and the children.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2010
We deliberately avoided watching this in flix and waited until our amazon double-disc under a tenner version arrived yesterday ...
We had seen in cinema-bought the other 3, plus Deck The Halls/Shrek 3D, and we were amazed to find that this final Shrek film is absolutely fantastically put together. One of the best films we have seen. The 'free' extras DVD is good fun too at Christmas - thanks all.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 10, 2013
I had already seen this, so I knew I liked it. The Final Chapter is as good if not better than the first Shrek. I didn't like Shrek 2 and 3. I thought the storyline was excellent and on the documentary I watched on TV, Rumple Stiltskin was said to be the favourite villain of all the Shrek stories. The documentary suggested there might be another Shrek story.