October 25

My Take On Shrek 2

I just finished watching Shrek 2 and I have to say it’s a cinematic masterpiece. The plot begins with Fiona convincing Shrek to visit her parents in Far Far Away. Fiona wants to get her parents’ blessing for their marriage. Shrek’s father in law, Harold, in fact, is repulsed by the idea of their marriage and confers with the fairy godmother. She believes that the only way to get Harolds happily ever after is to kill Shrek. This surprised me, however towards the end of the movie Harold shows character progression by switching his stance on the marriage and trying to make amends. When you look past the veil of the fairytale elements, it’s a story about a husband who wants to be the best man he can be for his wife, but because he’s so different from what his in-laws expect, he feels like he has to change. The beautiful part about it is that he’s so willing to sacrifice everything that he is to make his wife happy, he goes so far as to transform into something that he’s not. When he finally gets to ask his wife what she wants and tells her he’s willing to change, he learns that he was already the best man he could be, and then they live happily ever after. And that’s before analyzing the subtext, the undertones of racial tension, poverty, the innuendos, the pop culture references, and the subplot alluded throughout that his father in law was in fact just like him, and even had a similar arc. All in all 12/10 movie.