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Shrek 2 Review

Sequels struggle to improve where the first left off. Shrek had a successful, happy ending for its characters and had enough novel charm to it that it worked as a strong, efficient concept. Pulling punches at Pinocchio and other fairy-tale creatures, it knew the ground it was working on was original but limited. Doubling down on that for a sequel would not be possible. They had the characters, and they were surprisingly endearing. Shrek 2 knows that, hence why they are fired straight into the limitless setting of Far Far Away. It would’ve been irresponsible to restrict these refined, good-natured characters to a swamp and a forest, especially when there are pop-culture gags to be harvested elsewhere. 

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Shrek Review

After years of nostalgia simmering on the mind, it is hard to look back on the stories of old with much of a neutral appointment. I am the man that stands by Robots and Bee Movie, after all. They are odd little artefacts, and between you and me, they were far more fascinating before becoming meme fodder for the new generation. Shrek is much the same, a re-telling of those legendary stories, but twisted into background fodder. Directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson are far more concerned with crafting their own experience, using the classics of old as a backdrop to one of the most defining, culturally approachable characters of recent memory. It is terrifying how easy to access Shrek really is.  

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Shrek the Third Review

Detailing the fall from grace the side-villain of Shrek 2 had, Shrek the Third follows on the story of a man who believes himself to be the rightful prince. His life is tormented by that titular ogre, who has changed from swamp demon to beloved hero and royalty. Heir to the throne and not happy about such a change, much of this third in the quadrilogy of the Shrek series depicts an unhappy lifestyle for the protagonist. He is far, far away from the life he used to lead, and the toll is taking comedic mental effect. Setting out to find the next in line, Shrek (Mike Myers) and the reliable gang he has collected over the previous two instalments set off to find distant relatives who would be better suited to the royal lifestyle.

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Coming to America Review

An interview with leading man Eddie Murphy describing the process of hiring director John Landis reveals more than anyone could expect for Coming to America, a relatively safe and disengaged comedy. The late 1980s produced some of the finest films to date, but it was here that the comedy began to falter. Long gone were the laugh-a-minute barrages of Airplane! or the inventive chaos provided by Time Bandits, and the seeds of Saturday Night Live were slowly beginning to blossom. While it would be a couple of years before audiences had a taste of Wayne’s World, the passing of the torch was beginning to take centre stage. Case in point, Coming to America does indeed feel like a farewell to Murphy’s imperium of the genre.  

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Trading Places Review

Surely, I could live life as Dan Aykroyd. I may not filter my vodka through diamonds, but that can change with the right amount of funding. He seems to live a pretty cushy life, especially in Trading Places, as he swaggers and saunters round as a stockbroker or trader, whatever big shots in New York do. I’m not entirely sure what he does, the feverish state of agony I watched this in was a tad distracting, but I persevered, coughing, retching and crying my way through this amiable comedy that looks to bring us a classic switcharoo of a con artist and a man paid to be a con artist. Bit of social commentary there, keep up everyone. 

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Mulan (1998) Review

Years from now, I hope to look back on the varied life I’m attempting to have. I’ll look back fondly on the memories I’ve captured and created for myself. The films I’ve watched and loved, albums I’ve engaged with and books that have kept me hooked. Thousands upon thousands of different pieces of art that I’ll have collected in my vodka fuelled mind. I can tell you, right now, that Mulan will never hold such a place in my memory. In fact, the reason for this strangely open introduction is that I’ve forgotten everything about this miserable, Disney trash that the nostalgic many have clung to for most of their adult lives.

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