Shrek Forever After in Theaters May 21

Shrek Forever After, the fourth and final installment of the Shrek series of movies, will hit theaters Friday, May 21. It will also be released in 3D and IMAX.

So what’s the story behind this one, you ask? Here is a synopsis of Shrek Forever After:

After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, whats an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. Whats happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.

So how did this movie fair? Here are what some of the critics had to say about it:

“After a disappointing third outing, this Shrek brings the cycle of fairy-tale-themed films to a fine finish.” -Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post

“After the frantic spurt of fairy-tale allusions and jokes in the first three Shreks, this one inches along with a few mostly pointless action scenes and the occasional mild pun.” -Kyle Smith of the New York Post

“Everyone involved fulfills his or her job requirements adequately. But the magic is gone, and Shrek Forever After is no longer an ogre phenomenon to reckon with. Instead, it’s a Hot Swamp Time Machine.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly

“In the fourth and ostensibly final installment, Shrek and company still have some appeal, but the energy is lacking and the fun feels forced.” -Claudia Puig of USA Today

“A recycling machine that recalls the high points of previous installments without demonstrating the need for a new one.” – Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal

Overall, the reviews don’t seem to be very favorable. Despite the critics reviews, kids are sure to like it none the less.

This movie is rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language.

Check out the trailer below:

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