Review Date: May 09, 2001
Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Writer: Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger Schulman
Mike Myers as Shrek
Eddie Murphy as the Donkey
Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona
Not only that but this film's got laughs, laughs and more laughs! The Donkey character alone has got to be one of the funniest characters that I've seen in any movie all year. Eddie Murphy seems ideal for voice-overs (he stole the show in MULAN as well) and I dare you not to crack up at any of his many one-liners spread throughout this movie. The man, the writers and the directors of this film, make it all a barrel of fun. And before I forget, allow me to toss some good vibes out to the directors of this film as well. Generally, nobody really acknowledges the directors of these "computer animated" movies, but this film really goes out of its way to direct the action within. We get slo-motion action, we get fade-overs, a soundtrack used to its full potential and many other cool juices flowing throughout. And being the movie geek that I am, I totally dug on all of the movie references skewered throughout (and there were a lot!), including BABE, GODZILLA, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, ROBIN HOOD, THE MATRIX and more.
But in the end, this movie comes down to fun, fun and more fun. You take a little bit of fantasy, toss in plenty of romance, a fair princess, the ugly ogre, a hilarious sidekick, some wrastlin', some kick-arse tunes, awesome visuals and you simply cannot help but love this movie no matter what your age. Another modern classic by them dudes and dudettes over at Dreamworks. Great shtuff!