YMMV / Shrek the Third

  • Awesome Music:
  • Badass Decay: Shrek himself, which was noted by several reviewers. In the first movie, he curbstomped Farquaad's knights. In this one, he's much softer, and didn't do much to fight back against Charming. Shrek gets some of his badassery back in Forever After, but is largely overshadowed by the Proud Warrior Race Guy ogre tribe.
  • Genius Bonus/Parental Bonus:
    • The two birds that perch on Snow White's shoulders just before she sics all the forest animals on the evil trees? They're woodpeckers.
    • The idea of Merlin having a nervous breakdown and deciding to get back to nature is actually from the legends, where prior to becoming Arthur's mentor he went mad from the horrors of war and lived as a wild man in the woods.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Harold's quip about how "ogres eat their own young" in the previous movie takes a nasty turn when Shrek reveals his father did try to eat Shrek as a kid.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Prince Charming. After enduring grief and humiliation now that he no longer has the power his mama gave him, all he wanted was his own Happily Ever After...which he probably would have gotten had he not stayed a villain by choice.
  • Memetic Mutation: (deep demonic voice): DA DA!!!
  • Moe: The ogre babies are absolutely adorable.
  • Padding: The entirety of Shrek the Third could arguably be considered this in relation to the series as a whole. The film has no major plot events that affect Shrek Forever After (aside from witnessing the birth of Shrek and Fiona's children) and none of the newly introduced major characters even appear in the subsequent film. Seriously, try watching Shrek, Shrek 2, and Forever After in that order while skipping over The Third. It has almost no bearing on the other 3 films. It actually makes even more sense that way, when you consider Rumpelstiltskin's appearance in this one.
  • The Scrappy: The ogre babies; they only appeared near the end of the movie, but many people dismissed them as a kid-oriented Tastes Like Diabetes marketing gimmick. Arguably Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in the fourth movie.
  • Tough Act to Follow: It's the sequel to Shrek 2. Needless to say, expectations were very high.
  • Ugly Cute: The ogre babies once more; despite being ogres, they're still plain adorable.