Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated fantasy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. It is the sequel to 2001's Shrek, with Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz reprising their respective voice roles of Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona from the first film, joined by Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, and Jennifer Saunders.
After returning from their honeymoon and showing home movies to their friends, Shrek and Fiona learn that her parents have heard that she has married her true love and wish to invite him to their kingdom, called Far Far Away. The catch is: Fiona's parents are unaware of the curse that struck their daughter and have assumed she married Prince Charming, not a 700-pound ogre with horrible hygiene and a talking donkey pal.
Why It Rocks
- The soundtrack is great, with songs such as Accidentally in Love and Livin' Va Lida Voca.
- It continues and expands on the story of the original.
- Great animation that's a nice step-up from the first movie.
- The use of foreshadowing is great, especially with how King Harold was actually a transformed frog.
- Great story with tons of great moments, hilarious jokes and pop culture references.
- Shrek and company invading the castle to a cover of Holding Out for a Hero is one of the most epic, intense, and even one of the best moments in animated film history.
- Shrek and Donkey getting arrested in the manner of a crime show is another hilarious and epic moment.
- Mongo's death is both emotionally gripping and hilarious.
- Even little details, such as Prince Charming wearing a kids' meal crown are worth a good laugh.
- The locations are very creative like how the Kingdom of Far Far Away looks like Hollywood Blvd.
- Excellent voice acting, thanks to Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy reprising their roles as Shrek, Princess Fiona and Donkey respectively. Antonio Banderas and the other new voice actors are also great in their roles.
- The Brazilian Portuguese (Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Magic Mirror, Pinocchio, Gingerbread Man), European Portuguese (Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Pinocchio), the French (Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, The Big Bad Wolf, Magic Mirror, Gingerbread Man), the Italian (Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Pinocchio, Big Bad Wolf, Magic Mirror), the European Spanish (Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Gingerbread Man, Magic Mirror) and the Latin Spanish (Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, etc.) dubs also reprise their roles.
- The characters are still likable, especially the new characters.
- The use of product placement is both subtle and creative.
- It introduces us to Puss in Boots, who is the best new addition to the cast. In fact, he was such a popular character that he had his own spin-off which is a prequel to this movie and even a show on Netflix.
- The Fairy Godmother is a very intimidating main antagonist who is implied to be behind Fiona's curse to begin with.
- The "I Need a Hero" musical number is epic.
- Some gross-out humor, though not as much as the first movie.
- It can focus more on spoofing pop culture than what it is supposed to spoof, which is classic fairy tales.
- The scene in which Pinocchio is revealed to wear a pink thong, while funny, can be considered a little raunchy and inappropriate to most people nowadays, as it implies that Pinocchio cross-dresses.
Like it's predecessor, Shrek 2 received universal acclaim. On film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 89% based on 236 reviews with an average rating of 7.68/10. The website's consensus reads, "It may not be as fresh as the original, but topical humor and colorful secondary characters make Shrek 2 a winner in its own right.". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 75 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.