Sure, the animation work is great, but it's the actors and their subtle, complex vocal performances that make us care about these fairy-tale characters. Shrek 2 is all about fantasy, but its characters are rousingly, affectingly real -- not to mention real, real funny.
As it turns out, Shrek 2 is one of the funniest movies I've seen in years. But I'm far from sure that it's a kids' movie anymore, even though, like its predecessor, it's a thoroughly sugared-up reading of the book, by veteran New Yorker cartoonist William Steig, on which both films are based.
The voice acting is so alive, the cover songs all surpass the originals, the story is super fun and it flies by. Shrek 2 is up there with the best feel good movies of all time. I fly often and whenever I am on a longer plane ride there are times when you get tired, you feel so uncomfortable and have nothing to do. Put on Shrek 2 and youll want to explode. Absolutely outstanding.
Shrek is something of a poignant hero here and not terribly ogre-like; Myers obviously wasn't being paid per giggle generated. Diaz's Fiona feels increasingly fleshed out, while the "annoying talking animals" provide most of the laughs.
Shrek 2 is the best movie of the franchise, it's funny, the story is fun, the music is fun, the characters are fun, the songs are fun, I believe it's way better than Shrek 1. It's one of the best comedies of all time.
Another stale installment of the Shrek series with its plethora of fart jokes and bad Scottish accents. Nothing new. This series could've saved itself, at least a little bit,by not being a series at all and stopping at the first one.
A change in directors butchers Shrek 2 and heavily undermines the only positive aspects of the first film. With the writing department thrown off the cliff, nothing can save the film from its trend of ongoing stock characters, massive missed opportunities, and rote rehashes of the original.