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Films - John C. Kirk

Jun. 26th, 2004

02:14 pm - Films

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I went off to watch "Shrek 2" earlier, which I enjoyed, so I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first film. My rule of thumb for good comedy is "does it make me laugh?" Early on, there was a lot of stuff that was clever, and that made me smile, but it wasn't raucously funny. But by the end I was laughing out loud, so that's good. I also thought that the ending was quite moving. And the animation was very well-done: if I didn't know better, I would have thought that the opening sequence (on horseback) was live-action.

Moving into spoilers, there were various references to other films. (It's a bit like one of the earlier Discworld novels in that respect.) Here are the ones I spotted - have I missed any?
Lord of the Rings (wedding ring)
The Little Mermaid/From Here to Eternity (kissing in the surf)
Spider-Man (upside down kiss)
Beauty and the Beast (rose, minions affected by potion flood)
Mission Impossible (Pinocchio)
Ghostbusters (giant gingerbread man)
(I'm not including "generic Disney-like scene" in this list.)

People who like the Shrek films should also watch the trailer for "Ella Enchanted", which looks quite fun. Although it's got a bizzare release schedule - USA in April, UK in December?! "In cinemas everywhere" my arse... Ah well.

Speaking of trailers, I saw the trailer for "Thunderbirds" at the cinema. They've certainly made a few changes from the old TV series, and I can see why that would disappoint people. However, while I'd prefer to see an all-adult version of the film, I'll settle for this one - the ships look great, and it seems like it should be fun. For anyone who's seen Angel season 4, I think that whether you like this film will depend on whether you thought that Conner saying "His name is Angel!" was a great line or just really cheesy.



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Date:June 26th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
i';ve just got back from shrek 2myself, and completely agree with your opinion - the beginnning was ok, but not great, but as the film went on it got better and better

looking at the film references, here's a few more:
Rocky horror (dinner table name scene)
Frankenstein (making the giant gingerbread man)
The Oscar's (anaylsing the clothes of allt he guests as they walk up - not really a film, but...)
hmm, i'm sure there were loads more too :)

I still can't belive I didn't realise the king was John Cleese until i saw the credits though - i knew i knew the voice but just couldn't put a name to it. Jonathon Ross as the ugly sister in the bar was great casting, along with most of the rest of the film.
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Date:June 26th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC)
More references -
More Lord of the Rings (Shrek jumping onto Donkey like Legolas did in Two Towers)
The cops tracking of the 'chase' scene
Garfield ("I hate Mondays")
Lots of shop names - farbucks for instance
Zorro (The engraving P in the tree)
Alien (Puss bursting out of Shrek's chest)
Indiana Jones (the escape from the potion place and Puss reclaiming his hat)
Marilyn Monroe (Fiona's dress blowing up)
Looked to me like Tinkerbell dancing with Gingerbread man at the end

Agree completely - slow start excellent second half

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