Not so far, far away...
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury,
Starring: Mike Myers,
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Saunders, Julie Andrews, Antonio
Banderas, John Cleese, Rupert Everett
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
The ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) travel to visit her parents in the kingdom of Far, Far Away, only to find Fiona's fairy godmother (Jennifer Saunders) plotting to ruin their marriage in order to marry her son (Rupert Everett) to Fiona.
The first "Shrek" film received five nominations at the second annual Cosmique Movie Awards, including winning a Best Villain Cosmo for John Lithgow. Many critics have hailed "Shrek 2" as being even better, and it will be interesting to see if Cosmo voters agree. The film benefits from being able to play off of and further develop already established characters, but ends up losing some of the freshness of the original film.
Much praise has been lavished on Antonio Banderas' scene-stealing performance as Puss-in-Boots, but to my mind, it's really Jennifer Saunders performance as the villainous Fairy Godmother that is the true highlight of the film. Who knew that she could sing? But with two major songs in the film, including the show-stopping recreation of Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero," she more than demonstrates her vocal prowess.
"Shrek 2" retains enough innovation and cleverness to be a success both critically and at the box office. It will be interesting to see if the third and fourth films in the franchise - both already underway - will manage to retain the luster. Don't forget how rapidly the "Superman" franchise fell after the promise of the first two films.
My Rating: 8
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