the Second Time Around
The Blonde and The Maven
Shrek 2 revisits the loveable ogre played by Mike
Myers (Saturday Night Live and Austin Powers) and his
ogre-rific new bride Fiona, played by the adorable
Cameron Diaz (Something About Mary and Charlie’s
Angels). After a hilarious honeymoon montage, the
newlyweds happily return to their home in the
swamplands. As soon as they return home, they receive a
summons from Fiona’s parents to come to their Kingdom of
Far Far Away. Fiona’s mother, Queen
Lillian, portrayed by icon Julie Andrews (The Sound
of Music and Mary Poppins), and her father, King Harold,
portrayed by John Cleese (Monty Python), want to meet
her new husband. The donkey, played by Eddie Murphy
(Beverly Hills Cop and Dr. Doolittle), insists, as
always, on tagging along. The Royal parents and the
townspeople are not only shocked to find out that their
beloved Fiona married an ogre, but learn she’d become
one as well.
Eventually, the plot introduces us to the
sinister world of the Fairy Godmother, played by
Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), who operates a
vast factory manufacturing potions and hexes. One such
potion is her Happily Ever After elixir, which
transforms ogres into humans and makes anything
beautiful. The Fairy Godmother will stop at
nothing to have her precious son, Prince Charming, wed
Fiona and eventually wear the crown of the Kingdom of
Far Far Away.
few new colorful characters are present in Shrek
2, which really enhance the movie. The Casanova cat,
Puss and Boots, meowed by, I mean played by, the forever
sexy Antonio Banderas (Zorro, Desperado, and not to
mention Melanie Griffith’s hubby) after being sent as a
hit man for Shrek, comically and adorably winds up
ironically joining forces to help Shrek. Larry King
gets some laughs as the Ugly Stepsister. The pompous and
pouty Prince Charming, Rupert Everett, (My Best Friend’s
Wedding) beautifully demonstrates the relentless
arrogance of a spoiled “mamma’s boy.”
Shrek 2 keeps you on your toes, just like the
first one did, as it races against the clock to keep the
damsel in distress Fiona from ending up with the wrong
The Blonde: Shrek 2 was like Meet the
Parents and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner meets
Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast meets Pretty Woman!
I loved every second. I didn’t want it to end. It swept
me away, just like a new hair-do. Did you know this was
a true story?
The Maven: Only in your fairy-tale
The Blonde: Even though this
was a simple little story, it kept my interest. I
wondered where they would take the characters. I was so
impressed by the unique and original characters that I
really had a great time watching. I kept having to
remind myself that they were only animation and not real
people, very much like the characters in my own
The Maven: I was enchanted with the
fairy-tale bashing humor of Shrek 2. It was as
imaginative as it gets. This is summer escapism at its
best. The ensuing hijinks take you through parodies of
Disney as well as Hollywood. Along with the theme of the
original Shrek, this story emphasizes the danger of only
looking skin deep.
The Blonde: Sorry to
interrupt, but what’s wrong with only looking skin deep.
I don’t have a problem with that unless the skin has
wrinkles. Then there might be some dangers of plastic
The Maven: I rest my case! And by the
way, did you notice that all the woman characters had
The Blonde: Of course. They all had
implants! That’s Hollywood, babe.
How do you know they weren’t real?
Blonde: Too perfect! Speaking of purr-fect, Mr.
Banderas really is typecast when it comes to the cats
meow! He shines sex appeal even through animation. I
think he stole the movie.
The Maven: Definitely!
Only he could make a cat so hunky and desirable. I
thought the Fairy-Godmother character was
The Blonde: “Ooooooh,” and how the story
was alive with the voice of Juuuulieeeee……Sooooooo,
oooooo, ooooo, poised and proper
as always. Sorry, now back to you…Ga-head….
Maven: Another wonderful thing about this movie is its
vast appeal to all ages.
Blonde: I totally, like totally, agree. Everyone will
enjoy it. One more point I’d like to add is that the
musical production interludes beautifully tied the whole
story together. Also, being shallow and vain as I can be
sometimes, I would have liked to see a different
Maven: I disagree. The ending was as it should have
been. The whole point to the movie is to be happy with
who you are.
The Blonde: Yeah, if you are gorgeous
like Cameron Diaz…otherwise, I always recommend change.
“Can we talk?!” And, by the way, Joan Rivers also did a
cameo. Whatever! This is an outstanding, originally
brilliant, old-fashioned fairy-tale gone modern. It’s
funny, creative, and not to be missed. I want to see it
again just for the laughs alone. Being a sweet little
movie, I rate Shrek 2 accordingly and give it an A. Any
snack you want will work well. However, for the movie,
they have made ogre sized M and M’s. Enjoy!
Maven: I agree! I, too, rate it an A and raise you one.
I already saw it twice!
The Blonde: Ouch, I feel so
betrayed. You cheated on me.
The Maven: It wasn’t
the first time either. I saw Troy twice, too…
Maven: Ha, ha, you’re being censored!
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