Can Shrek Survive His Wife’s Family?

When talking about animated movies severeal pieces of art come to mind. We have movies like Finding Nemo, which was very well received by the audience and has a sequel in works, and we have the most recent animated blockbuster Frozen, which did very well beyond anyone’s expectations. All of these animated movies are truly great, no questioning that, but there is one franchise that stand above alkl the other ones, Shrek. Shrek 2 keeps all the elements from the first one and brought a whole lot more in order to make a movie that truly does the first one justice and stands as one of the best sequels in the film industry. Let’s check it out.

Shrek 2 - Christian Lovera

Shrek 2

Shrek managed to get the girl and the end of the first movie and thought that all his woes were over. He had married the girl of his dreams,Princess Fiona, and went on a lovely honeymoon to celebrate their love, everything was good and well until they decided to go back to their swamp and begin their new life together. Turns out Fiona’s parents heard the news of her marriage and wish to have the newlyweds over to meet their son in law, quite the surprise they will get.

Shrek 2

Shrek 2

Shrek agrees to meet Fiona’s parent but knows it will end in disaster once they see they are both ogres. The parents are of course shocked to see their daughter is still an ogre after breaking the curse but decided to make the best of the situation, that is until tensions rise between Fiona’s dad and Shrek. Shrek decides he has had enough and wants to leave but Fiona wants to stay and reminds him on all she sacrificed in order to be with him, which would be taking the shape of an ogre.

Shrek 2 - Christian Lovera

Shrek 2

Shrek then tries to find a way to make it up to Fiona by looking for a potion for them to be human, so they will be able to live a normal life with her parents. The potion, however, was all part of a trap setup by the Fairy Godmother in order to make human Fiona fall in love with her son,Charming, so that he would be king someday. Learning of this Shrek rushes back to Fiona, who is surprised to be human again.

Sherk 2

Sherk 2

Charming claims to be the human Shrek in order to trick Fiona into drinking a love potion to make her fall in love with him. Shrek arrives just in time to stop the farse and a battle ensues between Shrek and friends against Charming and his mother. Shrek wins and gives Fiona a choice, if they drink a potion that Shrek bought they can live forever as humans. Fiona choose to remain an ogre because their love goes beyond their physical appearance.

Shrek 2 - Christian Lovera

Shrek 2

Once again the Shrek movies teaches us that love comes in many shapes and sizes. Unconventional love stories will always be the ones that resonate the most with audiences, that is the true charm that makes people continue to watch these movies to this day.

 

 

A Different Kind of Love Story

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 - Christian Lovera

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?

Shrek

Shrek

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.

Shrek - Christian Lovera

Shrek

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.

Princess Fiona - Christian Lovera

Princess Fiona

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.

Donkey

Donkey

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.

Fiona and Shrek

Fiona and Shrek

Movies like this break away from the tipical love stories and breathe new life in the genre.

Did You Really Think 50 Shades of Grey Was Going To Be Good?

50 Shades of Grey - Christian Lovera

50 Shades of Grey

The movie based on the “succesful” 50 Shades franchise was released early February, on the 13th, one day before Valentine’s Day. So far the motion picture has seen success in the box office, with over 400 million dollars earned against it’s 40 million budget. In less than a month the movie has done remarkably well box office wise, despite the terrible reviews and controversy surrounding the entire franchise.

The movie is certified rotten on Rottentomatoes, and bad reviews keep pilling up. The Guardian shared it’s opinion on the film, which was, of course, a negative one. Most of the reviews online do comment on the same things, the lack of chemistry between the actors, on how tedious and boring the movie gets after some time has passed and, of course, how sadomasoquism is wrongly descripted and can create a wrong message surrounding the activity, but that has been a thing since the books came out.

The little praise the movie gets come from the leading actress, Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia, but that is as far as praise goes. Some organizations tried to stop the movie from being released since it goes against feminist values, depicts abussive relationships as something normal and “romantic”, and also on being a rather horrible movie. Sadly all these movements basically serve as publicity for lame movies like this.

The next books is also scheduled to hit the big screens next year, 50 Shades Darker, due to the success of the first one. We can only hope that success was due to a result of curiosity more than actual enjoyment, which would make the sequel flop.

The Blue Room: An Enigmatic Arthouse Movie

Mathieu Amalric

Mathieu Amalric presents his new movie

Mathieu Amalric is the director and main character of the French arthouse movie The Blue Room. The plot is about a man named Julien (played by Amalric) a successful salesman that hides a secret: he has a mistress named Esther(Stephanie Cleau).

Both Julien and Esther are married, but they cannot stop their love and prefer to cheat on their partners. However, this never ends well.

Julien is the main narrator of the story. He is in prison, but at first we do not know why, he tells the gendarmes about the forbidden relationship. In addition, the judge and a psychologist tell us the story.

The performances in the movie are excellent. Mathieu Amalric does a great job showing that adultery never ends well and that is not meant to last. Besides, Stephanie Cleau and Lea Drucker, Julien’s wife Delphine, act very well too. Julien hates his wife Delphine, he feels guilty and he does not love her anymore.

At the end, Esther’s husband is found dead and the first person that police deems as guilty is Julien. He is put in prison because French police finds out the love letters of Esther about her lover. In that way, Julien’s affair becomes a nightmare.