Here's what I'll say about Shrek Forever After. It's better than Shrek the Third, not up to par with Shreks 1 - 2, and the 3D looks great. Also, if you can see it with an 11-year-old on the biggest screen around, then more power to you.
Cribbing well enough from It's a Wonderful Life, Shrek finds out what life in Far, Far Away what have been like without him after his regular jolly green giant family routine leaves him longing for his single days as a scary guy. Enter the scheming Rumpelstiltskin who grants Shrek the wish for a day -- which doesn't turn out so well for our hero. Fiona's warrior princess doesn't care for him, Madonna-crooning Donkey runs the other way, and fearless feline Puss has lost his boots and gained 40 lbs.
Will the big man regain his mojo? Have you ever said no to a pet with that twinkling Puss-purrfect saucer stare? Some things are predictable, and as long as they deliver a few original moments and don't outstay their welcome, you can just smile along and have a sip of Cherry Coke. Director Mike Mitchell and writers Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke are fairly new to the franchise and have toned down the frequency of the fairy tale-in jokes, but after the bloat of part 3, a skimpier Shrek is just what the doctor ordered. The 3D, too, works wonders, more in line with DreamWorks' animated hit How to Train Your Dragon than the subpar effects in Alice in Wonderland and Clash of the Titans. If this is the last we see of Shrek, it's a fitting farewell. If $200 million changes his creators' minds, then next time, I vote for more Puss-in-Boots and his crafty antics.