Shrek 2 (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2004.  DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images, DreamWorks Animation.  Story by Andrew Adamson, , Screenplay by Andrew Adamson, , , , additional dialogue by , , , , Conrad Vernon, based on the book Shrek! by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Returning from their honeymoon, Shrek () and Princess Fiona () 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 () pack up and make the journey, only to discover that Fiona’s parents (, ) 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 , 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 () 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 . 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.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Original Song (“Accidentally In Love”); Best Foreign Language Film

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Original Song (“Accidentally In Love”)

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