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Shrek the Third

Shrek the Third ★★ 2007 (PG)

Third time is not the charm in the latest tale of the cranky ogre. Shrek (Myers), Fiona (Diaz), and Donkey (Murphy) must find an heir by the name of Arthur (Timberlake) to replace Fiona's dying father (Cleese), prevent Prince Charming (Everett) from staging a coup, and deal with the idea of tiny baby ogres and donkey-dragon toddlers. Swashbuckling kitty Puss (Banderas) is along for the ride, as well as the standard host of fairy tale and legendary characters, old and new. Potty gags and in-jokes abound, but don't seem nearly as fresh or fun as in previous efforts. The all-star cast and some of the charm of the first two remains, but all in all the movie spends more time trying to be funny rather than actually being funny and doesn't bring anything fresh or new to the story. 92m/C DVD, HD DVD . USD: Chris Miller, Raman Hui; W: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Jon Zack; M: Harry GregsonWilliams; V: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Julie Andrews, Justin Timberlake, Rupert Everett, Amy Sedaris, Maya Rudolph, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, John Krasinski, Ian McShane, Eric Idle, Regis Philbin, Larry King, Conrad Vernon, Cody Cameron, Seth Rogen.

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