It ain’t that great. Kids younger than 7 or so probably won’t understand half of what’s going on, and there are way too many pop-culture references that are really going to date this movie going forward.
I hate to say it, but it really wasn’t …. “charming”… at all.
I had probably 2 good laughs the entire film, and smiled mildly at way too few other portions. Almost took a little nap at one point, too. The first Shrek film IS a classic. 2 and 3, not so much. I think the problem is more with Dreamworks, as this series and Shark Tale both suffered from the same “let’s force the rock-n-roll” into the movie when it really doesn’t need to be there. Watching the Fairy Tale Princesses burning their bras? What’s the point? And seriously, there’s a line in the film that is basically “then there’s poop, some more poop, and poop over there too”.
As one person I was with said, “you can’t have too many poop jokes in a kids’ movie”. In this case, yes – yes, you can.