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I've been putting off watching this film for a while now, but with so many memes, I feel like I sort of had to check it out at some point, especially considering people have practically been treating it like a religion for the past decade.
And so I watched it...and it was painful.
The story: a reverse Cindarella story? Wow, I've only seen that 50,000 times over. It's nothing special, it's very predictable.
The humor: There are three types of humor in this movie
Lame parody, mostly Disney, that's so bad, it would make MAD blush
Fart, butt and several other gross jokes that aren't funny, they're just gross. I'm pretty sure even 12 year olds would be above some of these jokes, honestly.
And one or two good jokes, sprinkled in, which are very few and far between,such as that joke about Ogres being like onions (which would be funnier if it wasn't so run into the ground)
The characters: The characters are either ugly as sin, have voices that make you want to stab your ears out or are plain unlikable. Oh yeah, and Eddie Murphy. That guy's voice is more or less a stamp of death to me.
The animation: Drab and dreary in all the wrong ways. There's a way to do this style, and it's the opposite of this. It all looks worn, bland and just unappealing to look at.
The music: Not to bad, actually, but oh wait, they didn't make the music
Final thoughts; What the fuck even was this movie? It's annoying, gross, immature and just painful to sit through. How the hell did this get such a cult following?
Honestly, Dreamworks should be lucky they got stuff out like Prince of Egypt and How to Train your Dragon. Because, if I only saw this when checking them out, I would have boycotted the entire company.
97.1138695008513% of memes originate from ironic enjoyment of source material inherently bad, moronic, lacking in effort, smelly, or any combination of the aforementioned.
It is cute and naive how this was written without knowledge of these proven scientific facts.
Bastard 1, I don't even understand how your comment relates to the review or why you're trying to be such a poorly done wannabe Snark Knight.
No, it's true what he said. Shrek's current cult popularity in the meme-sphere is out of irony; the idea that anyone would care so passionately about a gross just-leaving-the-90s movie.
I have high doubts this movie mostly stemmed from ironic enjoyment. I\'m pretty sure even so bad it\'s good films couldn\'t get so many damn sequels.
Eh, Seinfeld is unfunny? Shrek has dated a hell of a lot, but what made it so successful in the first place wasn't specifically gross out jokes, but that gross out jokes existed in a pseudo Disney setting. That was fresh for the time. The whole movie is a satire of how Disney has corporatised fairy stories into sanitised, packaged experiences. Here we are shown a world where ugly, smelly misfits are heroes, and the clean, handsome and conventional are the bad things everyone nevertheless aspires towards. Disney caught wise and started making the same jokes at their own expense in the likes of Enchanted and Princess and the Frog, and Shrek itself was run into the ground with constant sequels that turned it into... another sanitised packaged experience.
If that really was the case, then those stories were sanitized for a reason. Because when they\'re unsanatized, they\'re a pain to me.
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