Shrek the Third

 

Peter Bradshaw

Friday June 29, 2007
The Guardian

Mike Myers has said that by the time Shrek 4 comes out, we're going to be taking it in capsule form, and watching it in a zero-gravity chamber. Maybe. And for Shrek 5 we'll all have evolved into bioform versions of computer chips and watch it through telepathic file-sharing. Shrek the Third isn't awful, but it's bland, with a barrel-scraping averageness. There are no new ideas, no very funny new characters, but one frankly unfunny new character: a retired Merlin-wizard figure, voiced by Eric Idle, who used to teach spells in high school. That's right: the Shrek franchise has been reduced to ripping off Harry Potter!

The idea now is that King Harold (John Cleese) nominates Shrek as his successor, but the grumpy greenster doesn't want the job, being already freaked out by the prospect of becoming a father. There are no decent musical numbers, incidentally, and the one cover version is bizarrely chosen. For Harold's funeral we get a rendering of ... Paul McCartney's Live and Let Die. Er ... huh? Because it's kind of sad and it has "die" in the title?

 

chamber- pokój, komnata; komora

evolve into- ewoluować, przekształcać się

bland - mdły

barrel-scraping – oparty na resztkach

averageness - przeciętność

franchise – koncesja, licencja

rip off – zwinąć, kantować, zdzierać skórę

successor - następca

grumpy - zrzędliwy

greenster – małolat, młokos

freak out - zbzikować

decent - przyzwoity

bizarrely - dziwacznie

rendering – wykonanie, odtworzenie (utworu)

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