A fun movie, not to be taken seriously. Shrek is sent on a mission to free a princess and bring her back to this evil guy who has to marry a princess to become king of his land or something like that. So Shrek heads out on his adventure with his donkey “friend” and ends up falling in love with the princess after he rescues her. He thinks that she could never love an ogre, but she has a secret of her own that she thinks will prevent him from loving her as well.
The only thing I really really really did not like about this movie was that they used the word “a$$” which is not a word we use at our house. My son is almost five and I’m not sure if he picked up on it. I’m sure there were many other words in the movie he had not heard before, but I just don’t like it when kid movies have swear words in it.
This was just a really adorable movie. Not really suitable for young children, but I think kids who understand or have gone through a death in the family or death of a pet could handle this movie, maybe starting at age 9-11?
I love the imaginations that the kids have in this movie. The things they see and do are real to them. At first this helps them to escape reality and in the end it helps them deal with reality.
There is great chemistry between the two characters, Jesse and Leslie. They both love adventure, and Leslie can write it and Jesse can draw it.
I feel so bad for Jesse regarding the relationship he has with his father. His dad is so connected with Jesse’s little sister, and Jesse’s desire for that connection is so obvious and intense. I love that he gets to have a small moment with Leslie’s dad when they paint the living room gold.
The story is a good lesson that life is not easy, not at home, not at school, but that there are ways to overcome everything, you just have to be creative about how you handle it.
The ending is sad, but I was pleasantly surprised (I didn’t read the book) that instead of ending the movie with the sad part, the movie continues and is turned into something positive, and leaves you feeling that Jesse finally connects with someone in his family.