Once upon a time there was a Sad Little Reviewer. And the reason he was sad was that he had sat through The Legend Of Bagger Vance which made The Sad Little Reviewer want to hurt Matt Damon physically. But that's another story. Then The Sad Little Reviewer went to see Shrek...

This is the story of Shrek the Ogre, a creature that looks like a cross between Danny de Vito and something that just fell out of your nose. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers, doing his Scottish thing) is upset because Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) has evicted all the fairytale characters into his swamp, including Eddie Murphy as a smart-ass (literally) talking donkey ("That's a big tower. We think Lord Farquaad is compensating for something.")

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Thus begins his irreverent quest to rescue the princess, slay the dragon and defeat Lord Farquaad. A task not made any easier by the Princess (Cameron Diaz) who insists on having a proper fairytale romance with her rescuer, believing him to be a handsome prince.

But true romance blossoms when Shrek discovers that this isn't your simpering Snow White type he's rescued. Especially when he sees her lay some Matrix moves on Robin Hood's men in order to stop them from doing The River Dance (trust me, this all makes sense in context).

I encourage everyone to see this film. It's the best film of its type since The Princess Bride. And even if you didn't like that movie, this is probably your only chance to see a film that includes scenes of breakdancing pigs, exploding birds, a donkey seducing a dragon, and Cinders bitchslapping Snow White while at the same time getting in very funny digs at Disney World, WWF wrestling and even Blind Date.

The animation is wonderful, making Toy Story look like the Money for Nothing video and it also boasts a fabulous and witty soundtrack featuring Smash Mouth, eels and, would you believe, John Cale???

Wonderful and witty, Shrek is an instant classic and far too good for children. I just want to watch it all over again to see what I missed first time out.

And so The Happy Little Reviewer lived Happily Ever After. The End.

Reviewed on: 22 May 2001
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Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Writer: Ted Elliott, based on the book by William Steig

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, Peter Dennis, Clive Pearse, Jim Cummings, Bobby Block, Chris Miller, Cody Cameron

Year: 2001

Runtime: 90 minutes

BBFC: U - Universal

Country: US

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If you like this, try:

Shrek 2
Shrek The Third