Shrek 2 (2004)

Movie Title: Shrek 2

Year Released: 2004

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1h 33min

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Director: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon

Writer: Andrew Adamson, Joe Stillman, J. David Stem, and David N. Weiss

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders,

Review: Everyone's favorite ogre, princess, and donkey are back! Now that Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Shrek (Mike Myers) are married it's time for the surly swamp monster to meet the in-laws. With the help of a two-faced Fairy Godmother, Shrek takes a potion that will help him fit in with his new, royal family. But will this change mean a happily ever after for Fiona and... Shrek 2?

Shrek was a fun, refreshing look at fairy tales and now, three years later, the sequel is more fun, features more characters, and creates an entertaining storybook world that really utilizes the advancements in computer animation of the time.

Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) are better than before dealing with new challenges, but the best part of this sequel is the addition of the smooth and swashbuckling Puss in Boots. Antonio Banderas provides the voice for this frisky feline and steals every scene - so much so that the character got his own spin-off movie and cartoon series. When you hear his voice and look into his big, dreamy eyes you'll know why.

The jokes are laugh-out-loud funny, especially all of the puns, sight gags, and laughs that are meant for the grown-ups in the audience. Shrek 2 is a great sequel, maybe even better than the original. It really doesn't get much better than this. Fun for the whole family - princesses and ogres alike!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Antonio Banderas also provided the voice of Puss In Boots in the Spanish, Latin American, and Italian versions of this movie.


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