SHREK
Once upon a time there lived a cynical, no-nonsense ogre named Shrek whose swamp was overrun by annoying fairytale creatures -- the usual mice, pigs and wolves that plague storybooks everywhere.
Review by
MIKE FURCHES


Shrek
(2001)


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Click to enl;argeDirected by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson


Book by William Steig
Writing credits: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and Joe Stillman with Chris Miller

Mike Myers .... Shrek
Eddie Murphy .... The Donkey
Cameron Diaz .... Princess Fiona
John Lithgow .... Lord Farquaad
Tommy Karlsen .... Pinocchio, Guard, one of the "Three blind mice"

Produced by Ted Elliott (co-producer), Penney Finkelman Cox (executive producer), Jane Hartwell (associate producer), Jeffrey Katzenberg (producer), David Lipman (co-executive producer), Sandra Rabins (executive producer), Terry Rossio (co-producer) Aron Warner (producer), John H. Williams (producer)
Original music by Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, James McKee Smith (additional music)
Film Editing by Sim Evan-Jones

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Rated PG for mild language and some crude humor.


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Shrek Various Artists
-Soundtrack - 2001

1. Stay Home - Self 2. I'm A Believer - Smash Mouth 3. Like Wow! - Leslie Carter 4. It Is You (I Have Loved) - Dana Glover 5. Best Years Of Our Lives - Baha Men 6. Bad Reputation - Halfcocked 7. My Beloved Monster - Eels 8. You Belong To Me - Jason Wade 9. All Star - Smash Mouth 10. Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright 11. I'm On My Way - The Proclaimers 12. I'm A Believer (Reprise) - Eddie Murphy 13. True Love's First Kiss - Original Score
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SYNOPSIS
Click to enl;argeOnce upon a time there lived a cynical, no-nonsense ogre named Shrek whose swamp was overrun by annoying fairytale creatures -- the usual mice, pigs and wolves that plague storybooks everywhere. In an attempt to save his home, Shrek sets out to confront Lord Farquaad,Click to enl;arge ruler of Duloc, who has banished all the fairytale misfits from Duloc in order to create his own perfect world. Along the way, Shrek is befriended by a wise-cracking donkey, sent to slay a fire-breathing dragon and save a beautiful princess with a deep, dark secret...just your usual fairytale stuff. In the end, he learns to love and be loved in this irreverent new comedy from the creators of "Antz."
? 2001 DreamWorks
REVIEW

Review by
MIKE FURCHES
mike@furches.org

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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66." Mothman, Black Hawk Down

Click to enl;argeI am often amazed at adults who ignore animated movies. Some wonderful movies have been made that are as much for adults as children. There are two animated films that would have to be on my top 100 list. Last Summer's Titan A.E. is a great movie with incredible animation techniques that you forget you're watching animation. It is now available on video and the film wonderfully deals with creation, love, redemption and forgiveness. Disney's Beauty and the Beast is another classic that deals with acceptance and change. While Shrek will fall somewhat short of my top 100 list, it is still wonderful.
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Shrek (Mike Myers) is an ogre who lives in the swamps of Duloc. He is large, green, and of course mean. He loves the isolation and has no reservations about chasing off any of the townspeople who attempt to dispose of him.
Click to enl;argeLord Farquaad, (John Lithgow) Click to enl;argedecides to clean up his kingdom by disposing of all fairy book and fantasy characters by casting them into the swamp surrounding Shrek's home.
Click to enl;argeClick to enl;argeThe two come together to strike up a deal that will solve both of their problems. Shrek will slay the dragon guarding the castle holding Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and bring her back to Duloc so she can marry Lord Farquaad. He can become king of his land and she can obtain her true beauty and character by marrying and kissing her one true love.

Click to enl;argeA mischievous and talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy) Click to enl;argecomes along the way and teams up with Shrek. Both learn aspects of truth as they proceed on the journey and get on each other's nerves.

Click to enl;argeShrek believes that he is an ugly creature and that it is best for him to be alone. Click to enl;argeMany see him on the outside without ever getting to know what he is like on the inside. Getting to know people prior to making judgments about them is a wonderful lesson for children and adults alike. Each of Shrek's characters must not only examine the way he or she perceives others, but must also evaluate their self-images as well.
Click to enl;argeShrek and Donkey return with the Princess and learn secrets about each other that bring them closer together. Click to enl;argeAs they develop mutual friendship and love, their perceptions of themselves begin to change. The climatic ending takes place in the castle of Duloc. During the wedding we see the transforming power of God. The castle takes on the form of a church with priest and stained glass to boot. The dragon returns to devour the one, who even from the beginning, has had deceptive and selfish intent. Before being transformed to her true beautiful self, the Princess is taken over by the magic of truth, and takes the form of a crucified savior. Her true self is one that will set Shrek's spirit and heart free and show him love.
Click to enl;argeWhile Shrek is not suitable for young children (a PG-13 rating would have been more appropriate due to crude humor and language) there are still lessons to be learned. The movie is in many ways as much for adults as children, but the truth of children is our truth. "Unless we become as little children we can not see the Kingdom of Heaven." Click to enl;argeThe animation and use of light are spectacular throughout the film. The life changing components of the film are dealt with in a nice way and obvious comparisons for God's desire to use us as we are is prevalent in the theme. Yes, there is life change necessary, but it becomes obvious that Christ can use us as we are if we only let Him and accept the things He has given us. True love is not always what we are looking for, but God knew what he was doing when He made us.
Click to enl;argeShrek was a good and enjoyable view with my son, 11. While there is some warning for younger viewers my nose won't be growing when I tell you that on a scale of 1 - 10 Shrek is a very attractive 7.
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Subject: Shrek
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001
From: Keith

The scenes, which, the donkey, looked to shrek for room and board, and the fairy tail characters; All looked to him for leader ship. Said: That we are all sheep, who blindly follow, - anyone-. Rather than do the work themselves.

A point: that most are afraid-- of taking responsibility, for anything. I like the fact that, the dragon turned out to be a good girl. a lesson on "prejudging"

I liked that Fiona, was well covered. by comparison. In "Aladdin" Jasmine, spent the entire movie in her pjs. Real arabian princess; are very modest.
your bro, in christ!
Keith.
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DULOC
Subject: Shrek
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001
From: John West

Dear HJ,
Quick question, Any idea if "DULOC" has a special meaning in the movie Shrek? There are the Disney parallels et al ...so with all the deliberate and some not subtile counterparts in this movie my kids keep playing I can't believe that the name DULOC was picked at random. If you know of a better source please let me know...thanx.
just curious.......John West

Response: I truly do not know. Perhaps others will respond to your question. -David

YA GOTTA GET REAL
Subject: Shrek
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001
From: "Dave Lamb"

Yo brother dave.
i love Jesus just as much as you do, but man...you gotta be real. Shreck has nothing to do with Jesus. Sure, i can see how we can see Him in everything but your interpretation of this movie is unbased. Now, I loved how you made the point that we need to love people for their inside and not judge them based on their outside. You used the phrase, the "magic of truth" and then compared her to the crucified savior. Yo, magic isnt what it's all about...Jesus doesnt need magic to show truth and comparing her to the savior...hmm...thats mildly drastic. But yo, know that i do love your passion in showing other's Christ's love.
Be blessed brother.
-Dave Lamb

BECOMING COMFORTABLE IN THE SKIN YOU ARE IN
Subject: Shrek
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001
From: "Mike Parnell"

The thing about Shrek that I truly liked was that the ending was never about the princess becoming beautiful, but it was about becoming comfortable in the skin that your in. As I watched the story unfold, it was apparent that the quest to find and rescue the princess was more about Shrek becoming comfortable with his ogreness than it was about ridding his swamp of the creatures that Lord Farquaad banished there.

Shrek journeys to find himself and in the course finds a mate. The princess is struggling with becoming comfortable with herself because she believes the false self that walks around in the daylight hours may not be her final form. If she did she would have kissed Shrek and took on that final form.

Farquaad is a man out of touch with reality because he thinks that the princess will bring finality to his life and will add to what is missing. He is classically in denial as seen by his uncomfortably with his height.

I saw in Shrek the truth that God loves the broken and the imperfect. To become, one must ultimately accept the falleness that is imprinted on all of us. This comfortability is not acceptance as a cop out or acceptance as license, but acceptance as a fact of life. Shrek has to come to accept that he is an ogre and being an ogre is not what he thinks. Being an ogre means he looks different, he eats different, his hygiene habits are different. Yet, being an ogre means that he does bleed and he does hurt and he does laugh.

The choice of the song, "I'm a Believer," is an arrow back to this ultimate truth of the film. Believing in the fact that we all are not pretty but we all are loved and can love in return is a great truth to take home.

WONDERFULLY ANTI-DISNEY
Subject: Shrek Review
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001
From: Jon

Wonderfully Anti-Disney Upon going to see Shrek, I had somewhat limited expectations.

From the trailer, it looked like your typical Disney-produced drivel. To my surprise, the theatre was filled with teenagers and adults, not just children, and I found my optimism for the film growing slightly. Low and behold, within the first 5 minutes of the film I was pleasantly surprised with its adult-oriented humor. Let this be a lesson to everyone (including myself)?never judge a film by its trailer. The animation of this film was intense. Not intense in a way to take away from horrible holes in the plot (this movie had an excellent plot, for a animated feature, very surprising) but intense in a way to add to the overall visual experience, as eye candy. The voice of Mike Myers (with a slight accent) is excellent and is well suited to the character of Shrek, as is the voice of Cameron Diaz (the princess), Eddie Murphy (the talking donkey), and John Lithgow (Lord Farquaad). Each individual actor/actress lends their vocal talents, and steps up to the task beautifully. The plot is so anti-Disney I was both shocked and overjoyed at the same time; extensive use of Disney characters throughout the story is simply hilarious, and is clearly not done to cast Disney in a positive light. The ending, well, it goes against everything Disney has done. Think "Beauty and the Beast" without the "Beast" turning into a handsome prince. That?s right, true beauty is * gasp * from within. Maybe Disney can wrap their collective heads around that one sometime soon. Overall Shrek is an enjoyable film, with enough humor for both adults and children alike, and enough material to make any anti Disney advocate proud.

REFRESHING
Subject: Shrek
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2001
From: Tyler Orton

After excess consumption of Disney in family films and children's animation, "Shrek" can best be described with one word: refreshing. It appealed to the wide-range of audience members sitting in the theater. Animated films often seem to rely on jokes about clumsiness to get laughs out of their core audience, children. In "Shrek" many of the funnier scenes were actually directed to the older audience allowing them to be much more satisfied with the ten dollars they forked over then what one would expect. However since they were trying to appeal to older audiences they also pushed the borderline for a PG rating a little but. I'm sure the term jackass was used at least three or four times. Not exactly the word you want seven-year old children to be chiming about as they leave the theater. There was only one downside to this clever, original film. The clichá misunderstanding between two characters when one overhears a conversation halfway in the process and simply assumes something else. This seems to be an important plot point in half the movies that I have seen. The main theme of the film was to find what is important on the inside. While it may seem unoriginal when reading about the plot of the story, the creators go about showing this in a very thoughtful and entertaining manner. There isn't an age group that will not enjoy "Shrek", which will help a lot when trying to choose a film that the entire family will watch for nearly two hours.
Tyler Orton

VALUABLE LESSONS FOR ALL AGES
Subject: Shrek Review By Chelsea
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001
From: "chelsea ."

Even though Shrek is an animated movie, I would personally say that it applies more to adults than kids. Despite the content of various fairy tales, there is some material that only older people would understand. I think this is a great idea, because they can market people of all ages, and they all get something out of it. The kids laugh at the simple jokes and love the neat characters and the adults see the excellent plot and understand the hidden comedy. The story line in Shrek is one that holds a lot of value. It takes a simple message and turns it into a valuable lesson. A lesson about love and the emotional side, not the physical appearance side. She is surprised to find that the man who rescues her isn?t a prince but rather an ogre, and she is quite bossy as to what he is to do. When they begin to like each other it becomes apparent that the princess is still hiding something form Shrek. It ends up that the princess tuns into an ogre at night when the sun goes down, it was a spell cast on her that when she kisses her true love she will be turned into her true beautiful self. When they do kiss the princess is turned into an ugly ogre just like Shrek and this is an incredible surprise to him and her as well. She was extremely ashamed of looking like an ogre but this only lasted for a while until she realized that Shrek loved her the way she was. They both received a gift from each other and that was themselves. This is the important message that even though her external beauty was an ?ugly? ogre, she found true and pure love with Shrek. We should not judge people before we get to know them because it is important to see the inside of them, we may learn many valuable lessons. The movie ends happily ever after just like every good fairy tale does, the small children get the basics out of this, and the adults really learn some neat things.

DELIGHTFULLY DIFFERENT
Subject: review of Shrek by nicole cappon
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001
From: Nicole Cappon

Shrek I often think that animated films advertised as "suitable for adults too" really aren't. The story lines are usually simple and sickly heartwarming, and the only adult aspect of the film is one or two highbrow jokes that may, or may not for that matter, fly over a five year old's head. I found Shrek to be delightfully different. Not only was the animation amazing but the plot and writing were as well. I was laughing along with the theatre full of kids, and their parents, when my viewing companion brought me back into happy-go-lucky-kid's-movie syndrome by attempting to predict the end of the film.

We had just been made aware of the fact that the dashing Princess Fiona becomes a green ogre with a visage similar to that of Shrek's when the sun goes down due to a previously cast spell. The only way to end the hideous curse was for her to kiss her true love. My companion suggested that once Shrek and Princess Fiona shared "true love's first kiss" not only would she remain a constant human beauty, but Shrek would become handsome as well. Perhaps all ogres are waiting for "true love's first kiss" to restore them to what society has deemed the appropriate way to look. At this I lost it, here I was enjoying this "child's" film and now I was faced by this possible heinous ending. I wanted Shrek to remain the ogre he was, I didn't want that theatre full of kids to go home and think that people can only fall in love with each other if they look like Ken and Barbie. These two had already fallen in love in spite of the way either of them looked, why ruin it now with a stereotypical ending. As the kiss was shared I waited with baited breath to see if my friend's apocalyptic prediction would come true (by now I was extremely convinced that it would).

My fears were laid to rest, as Princess Fiona remained an ogre and proceeded to marry Shrek. Yes, that's right, the movie defined true beauty as being on the inside of a person instead of the outside. A little sappy, I know, but it was definitely a favorable ending, I found myself not caring who looked like what so long as they were together in the end. The movie kept my attention and kept me laughing, it even had an enjoyable message within it.

God has a plan for us all, and our ignoring it because of the way it looks on the outside, is a stupid and selfish reason for not doing something. If we follow his path he will provide for us. Shrek and Fiona took the chance that things may not go perfectly, or end happily ever after, and so must we. The Lord knows what he is doing and we must trust in him.

SPIRITUAL BEAUTY IS MORE THAN PHYSICAL BEAUTY
Subject: review.. Shrek
Date: Mon, 28 May 2001
From: "Claris"

Shrek is an animation that not only been attractive to kids, but also the adults. It describes how the true love between lovers can make the physical outside looking not that important anymore. Sort of similar Beauty and the Beast, it sends out an educational message to its audience that physical looking is not as important as spiritual ones. It is necessary to let kids know that dating with a girl/guy is not because him/her has good looking, but love someone because of their characters. At the end of the movie, after the princess kissed Shrek, she thought that she was going to turn back to a beauty after all; however, she didn't. She turns in to an ugly green ogre like Shrek. But it won't be a big deal for her after all, since she found her value by knowing that Shrek, the one she loves, loves her too. Shrek must also receive self-confidence from her love. We have to be patient until the day we meet the one that is given by God. God will put a voice in our heart that telling us that he/she is that Mr./Ms. Right. The wedding takes place in a cathedral, where the princess kissed with her only true love, Shrek. God blesses their love; they will have comfort in each other. The movie also talks about the importance that we better not judge a person before we just get to know him/her. This is a beautiful thing to know in our life; otherwise we will miss a lot of good friends, or even the true love. Shrek teaches us many ways to do God's will.

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