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"Shrek 2"

EVERYBODY'S FAVOURITE ogre is back and you can chuck those fairytale books into the swamp. Meeting `Shrek' again is such a delightful experience that you just wouldn't want to leave the hall.

"Shrek 2" has all that you loved about the first part and more. If you are a Shrek fan, you can't help but be excited about the film. In the first part you saw how Shrek and Donkey rescue Princess Fiona from the dragon, how they get married and live happily ever after. The sequel is all about the hurdles in the "happily ever after" bit — the in-laws.

So here we have Shrek, Donkey and Fiona taking off to the Kingdom of Far Far Away on invitation from Fiona's parents, Queen Lillian and King Harold, who have no clue that their son-in-law is ... well, an ogre.

After Shrek and Fiona shock the kingdom and the royal family sufficiently, the King hires Puss in Boots, the ogre-slayer to kill Shrek. What follows is a `howlarious' adventure. "The position of the annoying talking animal is already taken," Donkey (with the ever lovable Eddie Murphy twang) tells Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas lending a Latino-cool, spoofy Zorro personality to the character). And there's a super celebrity Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders) and her son Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) who try to snatch Fiona from Shrek.

Mike Myers makes Shrek so endearingly uncool — in fact so uncool that its cool. And Cameron Diaz continues to add to Fiona's style and sophistication while veterans Julie Andrews and John Cleese lend their voices to Lillian and Harold.

Like in the first part, there is plenty of spoofing on film and fairytale characters — Pinocchio and Gingerbread Man bring the roof down with their Mission Impossible style rescue act. But that's just a sample; there are plenty of surprises in store.

Critics are likely to miss talking about the animation because never does it appear like animation. Director Andrew Adamson, this time, teaming up with Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon, manages to bring back the magical charm of the first part.

Feel good entertainment at its best.

SUDHISH KAMATH

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