Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5  
Shrek (2001)

Someone recently said that with the money and personnel that go into creating a movie, it's scandalous that they should come out with anything less than a classic. That may be a naïve statement, but it's potent in the case of "Shrek", which has been in gestation for five years, features some of the funniest actors on the planet, and cost in the region of $100 million. Luckily, it is fantastic - and this is why.

Firstly, the script is superb. Thankfully, really, because the plot is essentially pretty conventional. Set in a CGI world populated by kings, mythical creatures, and - er - fairytale characters, it sees an oddball Scottish ogre (voiced by Myers) hooking up with a flip, donkey sidekick (Murphy) to rescue a princess (Diaz) and defeat an evil overlord, while finding himself in the process.

However, this fable structure is allied to both a witty cynicism and sense of fun, which pervades the entire movie in equal measure. As a result, the film appeals to both adults and children: kids will love the colourful, cutting-edge computer animation, while everyone else should get a kick out of the tirade of visual and vocal gags, which often step into the realm of both dark and crude humour - many far too naughty to retell on a family website. Meanwhile, the voice artists inject both warmth and comedy into their characters, Murphy stealing the show as the donkey with verbal diarrhoea.

Oh - and if you need any more recommendations, the soundtrack contains tracks by Leonard Cohen and The Proclaimers. Brilliant.

Read an interview with the directors of "Shrek".

Read an interview with Jeffrey Katzenberg, producer of "Shrek".

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End Credits

Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Writer: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger SH Schulman

Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel

Genre: Family, Animation

Length: 89 minutes

Cinema: 29 June 2001

Country: USA

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