Shrek the Musical

Movie review by Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Musical version is edgier, not as fun as animated movie.

NR 2013 130 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 16+

This thing is trash

The story of Shrek where an intrepid ogre must rescue a princess for lord Farquad to save his swamp but ends up falling in love with the princess. An amazing story. Now imagine that as a musical. How bad could it be? In the year 2008 DreamWorks produced Shrek The Musical so that they could milk the franchise as much as possible. The musical itself was not bad, it had good humor and the songs weren’t too bad. The fact remains though that DreamWorks was just trying to make more money off of the series. After the Broadway production of Shrek The Musical it premiered in the West End at the Drury Lane Theatre, where it continued to play from 2011 to 2013. So this means that it is no longer running, thank god. If you were to take the movie out of context and just look at it you would see that it's not too bad. They had some pretty good sets - especially seeing as how this was a musical and it's pretty hard to get good scenes if you're trying to copy a movie. They had good lighting and it really helped the atmosphere of the musical. From what I could see/hear the sound was good and the actors' voices carried well across the audience. The costumes were… Cursed and that is the most I can say about that. The props were amazing although I thought they were a bit lacking since DreamWorks is trying to copy Shrek, they probably could have added a little to help the atmosphere. Out of the entire show there's one person who I think deserves more credit. “Sire, we have found the thing you most seek” “A pretty pony” said the best character in the entire musical. Lord Farquad is a very iconic character and out of everybody I think that his character stands out the most. He is one of the funniest characters and his size allows for great jokes. I think that Christopher Sieber (who played Lord Farquad) absolutely nailed the character. He made Farquad stand out in every way possible and I personally think he did the best out of everyone. Everything I have said so far has been while you look at the show without context, but if you put the context back in you get a very different result. Let's say you compare it to something simple, let's say Shrek, the original Shrek movie that pales in comparison to Shrek. The original was way better. It has the same plot and ending but it is executed so much more beautifully. You can actually look at the characters without wincing, the jokes are always perfect and the musical just can't live up to the original. To be fair that is a bit mean seeing as how the original Shrek is god tier but still it's supposed to be the same thing but the musical is just way off target. Overall I would give this movie a ⅕ and before you watch this - Dont watch it! Run before you get nightmares from this thing!
age 13+
oh, it's beautiful.

This title has:

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