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Preview Review: Everyone's favorite ogre is back in 'Shrek Forever After'

March 15, 2010 | 12:31 pm

Shrek-forever-after When it was announced earlier this month that "Shrek Forever After" would be opening the Tribeca Film Festival, the news was met with skepticism.

While the widely commercial franchise may not be a perfect fit at the smaller film festival, it will still likely be a hit at the box office -- a thought evidenced by a newly released trailer that hit the Internet over the weekend.

The fourth and final installment of the "Shrek" franchise finds the ogre (voiced by Mike Myers) fed up with being a family man. No one in town is scared of him anymore. His kids crawl into his bed every morning waking him up. He's tired of changing diapers.

Enter Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn), the evil villain who lures Shrek into a mysterious deal so he's transported back to his old life for just one day. Things seem great at first, until Shrek realizes that he's in Far Far Away, a land where Rumpelstiltskin is king and none of his beloved friends -- like Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) and even his wife, Fiona (Cameron Diaz) -- recognize him.

One would think that the Shrek character would seem tired by now, but surprisingly, it was nice to see all of the characters again in the trailer. The "Shrek" movies have always seemed to resonate well with both children and adults because of the well-written humor, and the last film seems on target to perform well with both audiences. Some new, generation-spanning voices have been added to the mix, including Megan Fox and Jon Hamm. And then there's the fact that this one will be in 3-D, which has become much more of a theatrical incentive than anyone had ever expected.

But what do you think? Are you tired of everyone's favorite friendly ogre, or are you excited about this latest film in the franchise

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: "Shrek Forever After" will be released May 21. Credit: DreamWorks.


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