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November 18, 2007

Shrek the Third - 6

Sequels have challenges- audience expectations, getting the stars to agree, etc. They also usually have story issues as some stories were not written to be continued. Shrek 2 suffered because of this. Audiences loved the first one and were not sure where the story could go from there. In this third installment the writer's keep is short and simple and it works. Shrek goes off to find a replacement so that he doesn't have to be King, and Fiona breaks the news that Shrek is to be a father. Using this relatively simple conflict setup, it continues with the usual jokes about fairy tales. The story is not as grand as the first two, but it makes for a fun film that once again has a good soundtrack and interesting characters.

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