Movies about love stories have been stuck in a rut since they ever started appearing in cinemas. We always have the sames story about a couple going through the same obstacles in their love and then overcoming them in the end and end happily ever after. We might still find it cute, but we can all agree that it is getting more and more tiring. However, Animated movies bring a whole new life to this familiar setting. Movies like Tangled show a new side of the whole love story affair while still tackling a whole other kind of issues, and that is just the first out of the many animated movies that I can think of that can be considered love stories. Today, however, we talk about the mother of all animated love story movies. Welcome to Shrek.
Shrek is about a grumpy ogre, voiced by Mike Myers, called Shrek who enjoys his “bachelor” life style by living alone in a swamp, however, his life gets turned upside down. His swamp gets taken over by fairy tale creatures such as Pinocchio because Lord Farquad, the king around these parts and main antagonist has evicted them all from their land. Shrek tries to take back his land with the unwanted help from Donkey, voiced by Eddie Murphy. His quest leads him to the castle of Lord Farquad, and he proposes a deal to him. If Shrek wants his swamp back he has to rescue a damsel in distress that he wants to marry in order to be a real king, because a king is no king without a queen. The perfect reason to get married, am I right?
So, we have Shrek and his untrusty sidekick on a quest to save the damsel in distress from a tower surrounded by lava and guarded by a dragon. The unlikely duo manages to rescue the princess by seducing the dragon, who happened to be quite taken by Donkey’s game, but the princess is quite confused about why the Farquad sent someone to rescue her instead of going there himself, but strangely seems to go on with it and decides to marry Farquad when they meet him, she also seems to be quite confortable around the ogre, which many normal people fear.
On their way to Farquad is where the love blossoms. The princess, Fiona, who appeared like your stereotipical princess turns out to be a really interesting and atipical character. Fiona is an independent woman, who knows how to fight and stand her ground, and she and Shrek develop a bond of sorts, but Fiona has a secret. Every night she becomes an ogre because she is cursed and Shrek mistakes her behaviour while human has rejection for his ogre form and pushes her back and lets her marry Farquad.
Fiona needs to marry Farquad in order o have true love kiss and then take the form of that true love, which would be human because Farquad is human. Shrek is back into his swamp, his at last, but can’t seem to enjoy his old life because his old life is not enough anymore, this is when Donkey tells him Fiona’s secret and this leads Shrek to barge into Fiona’s wedding and confess his love to her. Farquad tries to stop this but get’s eaten by Donkey’s girlfriend, the dragon.
Just when night falls and Fiona is turned into an ogre she fears Shrek will reject her, but she finds her even more beautiful and share true love’s kiss, which breaks the curse, but she remains an ogre because she took the form of her true love Shrek, and both lived happily accepting their differences.