(out of 5)
Returning from their honeymoon, Shrek (Mike Myers) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are greeted by an invitation from her parents to come to the kingdom of Far, Far Away and celebrate their marriage at a wedding ball. The happy couple, along with the endlessly chattering Donkey (Eddie Murphy) pack up and make the journey, only to discover that Fiona’s parents (John Cleese, Julie Andrews) are not thrilled to discover that their son-in-law is an ogre instead of Prince Charming. Most annoyed of all, however, is a spiteful Fairy Godmother (AbFab’s Jennifer Saunders, whose voice work practically leaps off the screen) who will do anything to get Shrek out of the way in order to put her son Charming (Rupert Everett) in his rightful place. Despite the fact that many of the jokes are retreads of the stuff we loved so much in the original film, this adventure is easily comparable to its precedessor and provides for lots of great laughs. The most welcome addition to the family is a scene-stealing, sexually ambiguous, anti-capitalist cat (Puss ‘N’ Boots to be exact) played with perfect relish by Antonio Banderas. The end result is slightly less satisfying than it should be, but that’s also partly because the first one’s brilliant writing and clever imagination were such a surprise and can never be so again. The animation continues to be beautiful and the jokes full of enormously sly wit.
Story by Andrew Adamson, Jeff Snow, Screenplay by Andrew Adamson, Joe Stillman, J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, additional dialogue by Cody Cameron, Walt Dohrn, Chris Miller, David P. Smith, Conrad Vernon, based on the book Shrek! by William Steig
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Production Design by Guillaume Aretos
Costume Design by Isis Mussenden