Review: Latest 'Shrek' lacks 'wow factor'

LOS ANGELES 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.

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