Shrek The Third" had been a financial success, but it wasn't as funny or Shrek-centered as the first two films. Mike Myers (Shrek) and his friendsd (Eddie Murphy as the Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Fiona, Antonio Banderas as Puss), however, were all set to go with "Shrek Forever After (2010). This one was directed by Mike Mitchell after Chris Miller left to do Puss in Boots. Once again, we get a change in tone, this one slightly for the better. The franchise definitely peaked with Shrek 2, but this is a nice send-off. The biggest change is that this film is in computer-animated 3D, so you will need the special glasses for this one.
Fixing the major problem with the previous film, which went off track by focusing on other peoples' problems rather than Shrek's, this film sticks with the big green ogre and his own issues. Shrek wants to liven things up, as domestic life has gotten a little too cozy and he misses some of the old adventures that he, the Donkey and Puss in Boots used to go on and just "being an ogre." Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn), has the answer, and makes a deal with Shrek that winds up sending Shrek to an alternative-universe version of Far, Far Away.
"Shrek Forever After" places Shrek in peril, involves the audience more than placing someone else in peril, as in "Shrek The Third." It is a lot more fun than that film, but it still does not rise to the heights of the first two films. A problem that arises is that in the first two films, Shrek was establishing himself and changing the kingdom: here, he is just trying to maintain the status quo. That is inherently less interesting.
This is a great film if you are invested in the characters and care about their relationships. Otherwise, it is a little difficult getting emotionally involved in whether or not Shrek can convince Fiona to kiss him and make it all better. "Shrek Forever After" is a nice send-off for fans, but this probably is not a film you want to view without previously having watched and enjoyed the three previous films.
Below is the trailer: