I was a fan of the very first Shrek, but thought the following two incarnations were just a cash-grab. They were clearly put together just to cash in on the franchise. Well, with two out of three sucking worse than any animated series ever – I felt sure that the title for this post would be Shrek: The Final Insult. In fact, when I checked into the theater to watch it with the kids via foursquare, I felt so certain that I posted that before the movie started.

Boy, was I wrong. Shrek Forever After was a throwback to the original. In fact, I have to watch that first one again to be sure, but this may have been the best one of all. Overall, the film is basically just one ogre’s attempt to deal with his mid-life crisis, but the magic was back. The comedy was back. The intelligence was back.

The CG animation is getting so flippin’ good that it is almost creepy – but in a cool way.

This one fits that all important role of being a film that works for the kids as well as the adults. It surprised me and it will surprise you too. Enjoy!

RATING 8 out of 10
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