Now, some people say there is no such thing as a perfect sequel. Shrek 2 however, IS a perfect sequel.
So, Shrek 2 is obviously the sequel to the brilliant Shrek. It’s returning stars are Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey and Cameron Diaz as Fiona. It also brings in some fantastic new additions, Julie Andrews as the Queen, Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, John Cleese as the King, Rupert Everett as Prince Charming and Jennifer Saunders as the Fairy Godmother.
The main plot of the film is Shrek and Fiona are now married and they get invited to Far Far Away in order to get the blessing of the King and Queen who, incidentally, are the parents of Fiona. When they get there and the King realises that Shrek and Fiona are Ogres, he hatches a plan to get rid of Shrek and for Fiona to marry Prince Charming. The King hires Puss in Boots to kill(?), i think kill or at least ‘take care of’ Shrek but Puss instead befriends Shrek and Donkey taking them to the Fairy godmothers potion factory where they find a potion to make Shrek and Fiona human (and Donkey into a Horse). Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother (Son and Mother) however realise how this potion works and take full advantage convincing Fiona that Prince Charming is Shrek! Dramatic right? Then basically Shrek has to get to Fiona before midnight else they’ll stay the same forever! What will happen? Will Shrek get to Fiona? Will Prince Charming win her over? Who knows! Well, i know, I’ve seen the film.
Why is this film better than the original? It just is. It’s humour is better, its plot, world and characters are a lot more developed. It’s just an all round better movie.
Now for some specifics. One major aspect as to why this film is better was the introduction of Puss in Boots. It’s hard to think of a time before Puss in Boots, mostly because I was 8 by the time this film came out but if you think about it, he’s now become a part of pop culture, like Shrek himself. He even got his own spin-off movie! (One I hope to look at one day). He’s voiced by the amazing Antonio Banderas (Spy Kids) who immediately captures the charm and humour of the character. Another amazing point? Puss is incredibly cute. A fact he plays on within the film, twice luring unsuspecting enemies into his trap with his big eyes and cute purrs.
This movie also expands the world and lore of Shrek (a sentence I never thought I’d say in my life). From the first film we already know this is a land of fairy tales, from the inclusion of characters such as Pinocchio, the 3 pigs and the wolf. But this movie delves deeper. Showing us that Far Far Away is this Hollywood-esque land where big time fairy tale characters live. We’re shown this on the ride up to the main castle where we see the house of Rapunzel and all of her hair strewn around the fences. These characters are introduced more in the latter part of the film as well as Shrek 3.
The humour? It plays more to the adult side of things and this film is very similar to Meet the Fockers. It’s humour is more adult because relate to the whole ‘meeting the in-laws’ scenario, though I doubt many in-laws try to have their son-in-law killed off by a Cat Assassins.
Flaws for this movie? I’m not sure if I can find one? The only flaw I can think is that the success of this movie, sadly, spawned two more sequels, short movies and a spin-off. But more on that later.
Shrek 2, is it worth the watch? Is it worth your precious time on this earth? Hell yes it is. Go. Go watch it now. Though I’m sure if you have a life you’ll have already seen it.
Shrek 2: 5/5