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Shrek 3 and Ocean's Thirteen

Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at 8:58 AM

As you all should know by now, I go to Movie Gallery and rent some movies and then review them here.

Shrek 3

Is there anything that I can say that will either convince you to watch or not to watch this show? I didn't think so.

Shrek 3 is the latest installment in the Shrek series that started many many years ago but is still going strong. A lot of the same talent is back behind the scenes and all the talent is back for the voice cast that includes Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy. This Shrek doesn't get rid of the formula that was so popular with the first two but rather tries to shove more and more story plots into the same area. This at least keeps you interested but pulls away from the overall feel and tone of the movie. I am an original Shrek fan. I happen to remember the day it was released on DVD, as it was my very first DVD purchase. I was a little late coming into the whole DVD craze, but Shrek made me want to buy a DVD player which in turn let me buy Shrek on DVD. I watched that movie ALL THE TIME. I am saddened to say that although Shrek 3 is a good film, I won't be watching it ALL THE TIME. You see, I feel like Shrek 3 lost some of the magic that the first Shrek film had. Shrek 2 also had lost some of the magic as far as I'm concerned. I think both Shrek 2 and 3 are worthy successors, but not quite up to par with the first. Thus, I highly recommend Shrek 3 as I enjoyed it greatly, but please be warned that this new Shrek just can't quite compete with the original Shrek.

With that said, Shrek 3 has many great points and I was thrilled to see that they are trying very hard to keep the witty fairy tale comments as clever as possible. The Shrek series does this so well where other animated flicks can't quite get the right mix down. Shrek 3 also adds many new characters to keep injecting the series with more and more plot lines. New character Arthur is voiced by Justin Timberlake and is the center of the main plot line. Arthur is the only other person to take the Throne of Far, Far Away so Shrek sets off on an adventure to get Arthur and bring him back to be the King. From here, the flick is all jokes as they make their way back.

As I said before, Shrek 3 is a step down from the first Shrek movies, but overall an enjoyable film that will delight fans of the Shrek series and kids of all ages.

Ocean's Thirteen

Every once in awhile, a movie comes along that I had every intention of watching, but for whatever reason, I couldn't watch it before I had to take it back. This was the definite fault of my daughter who insisted that we watch Elmo's World, but since I am not reviewing Elmo's World, I will copy and paste a description of Ocean's Thirteen for you below. Please be advised that my friends really enjoyed this flick and said it was way better than Ocean's Twelve, so you heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who watched it!

What are the odds of getting even?

Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and the gang would have only one reason to pull off their most ambitious and riskiest casino heist--to defend one of their own. But they're going to need more than luck on their side to break The Bank.

Ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) never imagined that the odds were against him when he double-crossed Danny Ocean's friend and mentor Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), putting the distraught Reuben in a hospital bed in critical condition.

But Bank miscalculated...badly. He may have taken down one of the original Ocean's eleven, but he left the others standing and, worse for him, gave them a shared purpose: to take Bank down on the night of what should be his greatest triumph--the grand opening of his new casino, appropriately named The Bank.

Their strategy is twofold. First they will ruin him financially by turning the tables on the precept that the house always wins. But that's just money. The knockout punch will be to Bank's personal pride and joy: his reputation as the only hotelier who has earned the Royal Review Board's Five Diamond Award on every single one of his hotels.

The plan is elaborate, dangerous and damn near impossible...but there are no limits when it comes to one of their own.

That's it for this week. Check them out at Movie Gallery in McCook and make sure you come back and let me know what you think!

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.