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Re: Shrek Forever After

Post by Jake » May 26th, 2010, 5:27 pm

Nothing can replace the theatre experience for me... I love going opening night when there's usually a big crowd in attendance. I have had a few bad experiences (a midnight viewing of "The Crazies" drew a teenage audience of chronic texters), but otherwise, the more the merrier. I love when audiences are engaged: laughing together, screaming together, etc. I'm usually disappointed if there are only a few people in the theatre. I saw "How To Train Your Dragon" five times and I enjoyed it the most when it was sold-out or kid-ridden. The younger set paid extremely close attention to that film, and their comments were often enlightened, if not hilarious.

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Re: Shrek Forever After

Post by Whippet Angel » May 26th, 2010, 7:31 pm

Yup, that's what I like about going to the theater too. I've had a bad experience here and there, but it hasn't been enough to completely deter me from going.

Note: If you happen to be close to an offender, you can always ask them (nicely) to stop whatever it is they're doing. I've learned that it usually pays to be polite. "When I saw How to Train Your Dragon", there was a group of teenagers directly behind us that would NOT stop talking. They were really loud, and about 20 minutes into the film I'd had enough, and was about to turn around and say something rude to them (my temper gets the best of me in these situations :P ). Before I had a chance my boyfriend turned around and politely asked them if they could please stop talking, as they were disrupting the film. They quickly complied, and were quiet for the rest of the film. I'm very glad he said something first, because they probably wouldn't have if it had been me. :wink:

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Post by Ben » May 27th, 2010, 4:13 pm

Oh, don't get me wrong...I've said in the past that I love the basic communal expericnce of watching a movie in a packed house with the audience totally engaged.

Comedies and adventure films seem to be best, with big laughs or big gasps of excitement filling the air at appropriate intervals, and nights out like those are priceless. I don't really even mind kids shows, since if the film is any good, they'll be as enrapt as I am!

But these experiences are becoming more few and far apart, and it's just started feeling like a bit of a waste of time to go and see anything that I'm not that jazzed up about. I mean, films on the whole these days are lousy, and if it's going to be something good I'm likely to pick up the disc release anyhoo.

So it's the really big anticipated movies I save my money for seeing, where the communal experience comes in. But so often that means putting up with texting phones and people like Whippet mentions that it's just got to the point where I'm more likely to wait for the disc. I just don't get how people pay their ticket prices and then disrupt the movie for themselves and others around them.

Whippet, you're lucky your boyfriend said something to those kids first...they'd sadly have likely told you where to go if you'd tried to say something - but why should you have to say something in the first place? And that's what I meant by "rude people" in my post above: during Casino Royale, I got told to "f-off" by some teenagers who were simply shouting through the whole first half, and I've actually been pelted by popcorn after, politely, "shushing" a loud crowd as another movie's opening was playing, since they didn't seem to have any intention of shutting up.

Various other things are just not as good as going to the movies used to be either: presentation has gone downhill, and even though we now have digital prints, they often only offered in 3D, which is a format I'm just not that interested in as I don't think it works on "flat", average sized movie screens. Giant, Imax 3D? Yeah, sure, it's an event, and the presentation and audiences seem to get that. But I can't trek across London and pay upwards of $40 every time I want to see one of those!

So...while I do love the right kind of movie crowds and prefer to sit in a big audience watching a new film, I just find the general disrespect in people to be something I don't have to put up with at home, where pin-sharp Blu-ray offers better picture, and friends provide better company.

But...if others still enjoy it, I'm very happy. Seeing a movie on a big screen with big sound is how they are meant to be enjoyed! :)

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Post by James » June 6th, 2010, 4:35 pm

Better late than never!

(Sorry for the delay. Shrek 4 came out the day I left for Disney World, and I just got back earlier this week.)

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Re: Shrek Forever After

Post by Dacey » June 6th, 2010, 5:45 pm

Nice review, James. :)

I agree about Rumple being a great villain. I loved the character, and thought that the voice did a wonderful job. After seeing the movie, it was hard for me to imagine anyone else voicing him.

I also agree that the third film was definately lacking a strong bad guy. The writers mistook Charming for a villain when he was really just a vain, spoiled child in an adult's body. Granted, I woudln't have minded seeing him as the main heavy if it had been done right...but it wasn't, really.

I did kinda like the Shrek and Fiona stuff. I appreciated how the script allowed for her to be feeling real pain about what happened to her in the tower, and allowed for her to express it. I also thought that fat Puss in Boots was hilarious.

I just wish that the climax had been "bigger." There was so much buildup to the battle at the end that I found myself thinking, "That's all?" It was a bit of a dissapointment.

Still, as everyone's said, it was a lot better than the third film...and that definately counts for something. ;) :)
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Post by EricJ » June 6th, 2010, 6:17 pm

James wrote:(Sorry for the delay. Shrek 4 came out the day I left for Disney World, and I just got back earlier this week.)
So, you didn't go to see it at the Downtown Disney AMC?--Aw, man, you gotta go there just once for the after-hours cool of catching a movie on property.
(Me, I love to go to new theaters on vacation, and planned to catch Star Wars Ep. 3 the same week I was on vacation at the parks for Star Wars Weekend. It's no El Capitan as a Disney-managed theater, but it's pretty slick.)
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Re: Shrek the Third's Website Updated

Post by chrisadam » August 27th, 2010, 7:20 am

Shrek Forever After,[5] taglined as Shrek: The Final Chapter,[6] is a 2010 animated comedy fantasy-family film, and it is the fourth and final installment in the Shrek film series. The film is produced by Dreamworks Animation and is distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was released in cinemas on May 20, 2010 in Russia, on May 21 in the United States, Pakistan, Canada, India and on May 28 in Vietnam. The film was then released on June 17, 2010 in Australia and Sri Lanka and on July 2, 2010 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[7][8] It was released in 3-D and IMAX 3D theaters.[9][10] Although the film received mixed to positive reviews from critics and opened lower than expectations, it remained as the #1 film in the United States and Canada for three consecutive weeks and has grossed a worldwide total of over $693 million, making it a commercial success.


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