LOS ANGELES --
"Shrek" and his pals return to close the book on the fairy tale that began as a blockbuster back in 2001. Does it end as big as it all began? No. But how could it?In "Shrek Forever After
," the larger than life character you've come to love misses his tougher side. So he makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to have it back for one day. But the villain's deal is a trick that could forever change the world of Far Far Away.
The film is available in 3-D, but I don't think it really enhances the movie-going experience.
Eddie Murphy once again brings great comedy to the screen as the energy-filled Donkey. Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz have Shrek and Fiona down.
Newcomer Walt Dohrn, who plays as Rumpelstiltskin, may have a future in voice work. And Antonio Banderas is again a kick as a chunkier Puss in Boots.
Younger children may have a little trouble following this storyline, but they probably won't care. And if they do, they'll just ask you!
"Shrek Forever After" is cute, but while I smiled several times watching it, I never laughed out loud. It doesn't have the "wow factor" of the original. But it does hold up to the other "Shrek" sequels.
I felt like I spent an hour-and-a-half with characters I love in a story I only liked.
"Shrek Forever After" is rated-PG.