Combustible Celluloid
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With: (voices) Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel
Written by: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger S.H. Schulman, Cody Cameron, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, based on a book by William Steig
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
MPAA Rating: PG for mild language and some crude humor
Running Time: 90
Date: 04/22/2001

Shrek (2001)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Swamp Stomper

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I seem to be the only one in the world unimpressed by this so-so animated feature. Sure, it looks great; the characters now have skin textures rather than the smooth toy surfaces in Toy Story or bug surfaces in Antz and A Bug's Life. But somebody (at least four writers and innumerable script doctors) forgot to write a decent screenplay. The first half is amusing, and the jokes, read by Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers, are reasonable. But the second half grinds down several gears into a typical, cut-out kiddie-movie plot, complete with a dumb plot twist that makes no sense. Myers plays a troll named Shrek who sets out to rescue a kidnapped princess (voiced by Cameron Diaz) in order to restore order to his home in the swamp. (Note: see also Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.)

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