opened the Summer 2004 movie season like a stampede.
Like a good horse race, these cinematic contenders
came bolting out of the box office paddock. "The Day
After Tomorrow," like Smarty Jones, seems to be
fading in the final furlough. On the other hoof,
"Shrek II" is poised to topple "The Passion of the
Christ" as the box office champion for 2004.
After celebrating their honeymoon, Shrek the green
ogre(voiced by Michael Myers) and his new bride,
Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), return to the swamp to
set up house. Their domestic bliss is interrupted with
visits from the motor mouth Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and
mail from Fiona’s Royal Family. Shrek and Fiona are
to meet the Queen (Julie Andrews) and King (John
Cleese), who are unaware that Fiona has married an
The meeting of the in-laws goes horribly wrong. The
King pays a feline mercenary, Puss 'n Boots (Antonio
Banderas) to hunt Shrek. Instead Shrek and the cat
become friends, much to Donkey's jealousy. The King
then recruits the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders )
who desires Princess Fiona for her son, Prince
Charming (Rupert Everett). Selfish complications
arise, but love, slapstick violence and popular
culture conquer all.
When a movie has been critically praised and has
grossed over 320 million dollars in box office
revenue, it is hard to find fault with it. "Shrek II"
is an enjoyable 93 minutes with music, belly
laughs and fairy tale romance. This film demands
repeated viewings because of all the little details
that get missed from the various distractions. Yet,
didn't we see that same movie three years ago? Though
enjoyable, "Shrek II" is deja vu all over again.