When it comes to the “Shrek” movies, many people rank them as followed:
- The first one – good
- The sequel – the best
- The third – the worst
- The fourth – underrated, a little better than the third, or also not so great
I, however, stand out, considering the third “Shrek” film to be the best, particularly because of its humor. In fact, I believe both deserve an oscar award. That’s how much I enjoyed “Shrek the Third.”
Not only that, it’s also one of those movies I can watch over and over again without getting tired or bored with it. You can read my review of “Shrek the Third” here.
Now you probably disagree with me or would even look at me like I had 4 eyes. Of course, I respect people’s opinions, but I will confess something. It hurts me to see or hear others bash or negatively criticize anything I love. It’s also common for me to be in the minority when it comes to movie opinions, and I struggle to cope with that.
But here, I am going to share some other strong moments from “Shrek the Third” that are less, if at all, naive.
Also, I won’t include any spoilers, for those who have not seen the movie. Don’t worry.
1: Shrek has improved his behavior and is now the good guy – literally
As an ogre, Shrek would previously scare away anyone who approached him or his swamp and would demand to be left alone. He would also perform that signature scream to frighten others. Neither of those occur in the third film.
That being said, Shrek isn’t perfect since no fictional character is or should be. He still does things that are wrong numerous times as well as displays bad attitudes.
Regardless of his flaws, Shrek does allow characters to make their own choices and does show affection at times, too. He also experiences fear and anxiety, making him more real and likable.
Another perk is the breaking of the stereotype about species and physical appearances and how one should view those insead.
That brings me to my next point…
2: The lesson about looks
Prince Charming, who was originally designated to rescue Princess Fiona in the first “Shrek” installment, goes bad. He is the main villain of this film, despite his handsome looks. At the same time, Cinderella’s ugly stepsister, Doris, has become good and has joined Cinderella and the other princesses, including Fiona.
The moral is to never judge anyone’s trustworthiness or behavior merely by his or her appearance.
Someone who appears handsome or beautiful may not necessarily be a kind person. In fact, he or she could be the opposite. The same can apply for somebody who many might not consider the most attractive.
While some old stories or movies, like “The Wizard of Oz” or “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” often communicated that message, thankfully, those in recent films tried to avoid it.
3: Artie’s speech and its important message
Some have found Fiona’s cousin, Artie, annoying. However, I think he deserves more sympathy.
His father had abandoned him prior to when he first appeared in the story. Aside from that, his classmates constantly bully him at his school.
At some point, Artie gives a speech that emphasizes something crucial. That is, just because others view you a certain way, that doesn’t mean you have to be that. Who you are and what you want matters a lot more than how others view you.
Somebody considered the speech too much, but I consider this sweet and essential. That lesson should apply to read people, as well.
4: The females rescue Shrek
In the previous “Shrek” films, Shrek saves Fiona. However, this time, she and the other princesses save him from being killed at some point.
I appreciate this a lot since it represents strong females and how they can be as heroic as males. Plus, it makes for a nice change, and is often pleasing to girls and women.
5: The film does not include this painful cliche
I’m keeping my promise not to spoil anything, especially the end. However, if you want to know what painful cliche I am referring to, it’s this: A woman screaming, heavily breathing, and going through lots of pain while giving birth.
How is this relevant? Fiona announces that she is pregnant less than halfway through the movie. But the viewer won’t see her give birth at any time.
I don’t know if the filmmakers intended to omit this, or cut it out if they’d originally planned it. But I appreciate the exclusion of such a scene.
Even though I loved “Shrek the Third,” I also enjoyed the first 2 films, as well. You can read this post to learn about my favorite moments in “Shrek 1” and “Shrek 2.”
What do you think of these aspects I’ve listed? Do you have any of your own?