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(Doug Wright Reporting)
Everybody's favorite green ogre is back in "Shrek the Third," and this time our boy from the swamp is dealing with new life challenges.
When his dear old father-in-law, King Harold, croaks-hilariously, I might add-seems old Shrek is expected to take the throne.
Wanting only to return with Fiona to the delightful stench of his beloved swamp Shrek is determined to find another heir, and sails away on the quest just as his dear wife announces that she is pregnant.
Left to mull this over with Puss n Boots and Donkey, who is now the father of little fire-breathing, flying donkeys, Shrek is even more determined to find another to be King.
Well, the plot thickens. Prince Charming, who has been doing dinner theater, decides to stage a coup d'etat and sweet Fiona has to marshal all of her storybook friends to fight for the kingdom.
Will Shrek find another heir to the throne, will he be able to return to his swamp, will he be a good father? The price of a ticket will give you the answers this weekend.
While entertaining, "Shrek the Third" isn't as good as the first two films.
The first movie caught everyone delightfully off guard with unique characters and ground breaking stylized…even irreverent delivery.
The second continued the fun with the brilliant addition of Puss n Boots and great twists and surprises.
The third is simply more… more characters but none that really break out…. more ogre angst over the responsibilities of leadership and fatherhood.
The fatherhood things starts to become tedious with little green babies everywhere…in Shreks' dreams, nightmares and eventually in reality… so to speak.
The major voices are all back with the addition of Justin Timberlake as Artie, the alternate heir to King Harold's throne…and he's just OK.
While it does have some very funny bits, overall, "Shrek the Third" gets only 2 ½ stars and it's rated PG.