The King and Queen enter the domain of Rumpelstiltskin to make a deal. Fiona is trapped in a tower under a curse: by day a princess, by night a ‘beautiful’ ogre. Just before the thwarted King signs over his Kingdom to R, a page boy informs him that the princess has been saved. R’s dreams remain just that.
Enter Shrek and his swamp. Shrek wakes up to screaming kids and Fiona’s kiss. Everything is just beautiful: Donkey and Dragon keep coming for breakfast with their kids and Puss is always around to entertain. Life has never been better. Shrek’s swamp is a tourist spot and people come to get their pitch-forks signed by Shrek when he comes to visit his in-laws.
Everyone is happy, except Shrek. He wants everything as it was earlier. He misses the days when people were still scared of him, the days when he could do anything he wanted with nobody to bother him. He explains this to Fiona while they are celebrating their kids’ birthdays. Rumpelstiltskin overhears him and cunningly takes him on a ride in his egg-wagon.
When Shrek talks to him about what he’s been through and how he’d like to be a real ogre for a day, Rumpelstiltskin offers to give him just that for any day of his choice from the past. Well, just like in the fairytales, the magical contract is not without a catch. Shrek soon finds himself in a time where he is still scary. But the world has changed. Nobody recognizes him anymore. His friends don’t know who he is and he finds that Rumpelstiltskin is King. Shrek realizes that the only way to get things back to how they were is to obtain his true love, Fiona’s, kiss. Things do not get better when Shrek finds out that Fiona is the leader of group of Ogres who are a part of the resistance against Rumpelstiltskin.
The movie overall is good, though it misses all the fun from the previous installments, especially the first two ones. Somehow it tends to lean towards an older audience rather than the kids and even then fails to hold interest for long. The best 3D part was perhaps the credits which was well made. The movie on its own does not have any sequences which merit a 3D look. The music and songs have been very well placed and you’ll find yourself humming along to them.
Shrek has run out of stories to tell and its good that it ended the way it did.
Contributed by Rakesh Nair