CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Flashback 2004 ~ Summer deja vu all over again **Shrek II**

**Shrek II*** and **The Day After Tomorrow** have 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 ogre.
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.
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