Shrek Snyder Cut Review. Filmmaking is undoubtedly an admirable industry to work in. From teenage vampire sagas to superhero movies, everybody knows that the only purpose of the entertainment industry’s chiefs is not to preserve art, but to double the money that goes into their bank accounts.
Nevertheless, every year there is a couple of movie releases that tell us that everything’s not lost, and that there is still plenty of art to discover in the movie theaters: from Her (2013), to La La Land (2016), to Sherk (2001); the recent history of cinema has witnessed some truly magnificent creations.
The latter movie is a strange case: the green ogre story is undoubtedly loved by everyone and hated by… Basically, not a single living thing on earth. However, what can we say about the not-so-known Zack Snyder’s cut of Shrek?
The Shrek’s Snyder Cut saw light recently amid the insistence of the American director. After having offered millions of dollars to Dreamworks to let him release his version of the 2001 movie, Snyder realized that nowadays, there is just one thing with more influence than money: Twitter hashtags.
So, the filmmaker bought three million bots to tweet #ReleaseShreksSnyderCut continually and hacked the accounts of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz to join the movement. Eventually, the online social pressure brought down the legal barriers that held Snyder from his dream and gave him the rights to get on work. The media described the event as something ‘almost as unnecessary as The Godfather III’.
Before being shown to an impatient mass of people hungry to see new content of their beloved green-muscled-and-perfect ogre; the movie was first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Lars Von Trier said: “it is possibly one of the most experimental audiovisual experiences that I have ever witnessed, and I watched Gaspar Noe’s ‘Enter The Void’ on acid. He added, I am also f*cking Lars Von Trier.”
The Shrek’s Snyder Cut turned out to be, -not at all- surprisingly, a very different product from the one made by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson. The Rolling Stone magazine said that comparing both movies would be ‘as absurd as making a comparison between the Harry Potter saga and… the Marxism-Leninism theory.’
The picture has a running time of 213 minutes, which is 121 minutes longer than the original material. According to the editor, the film would be approximately 87 minutes shorter if some of the slow-motion effects were removed. Also, in this brand new Shrek’s alternative, there are three post-credits scenes. The last one of these being the most popular as we can see the green hero being approached by an animated version of an elegantly dressed Viola Davies, who wants to recruit him for a “Suicide Squad”.
In order to give Shrek’s Snyder Cut a unique personality without losing the whole essence of the original film, the soundtrack of this movie is composed by the same songs from the 2001’s version, but this time performed by Cannibal Corpse.
Although the film was elaborated nearly by the same technical team as the original one, the new cut is full of Snyder’s personal touch, and not just because the whole movie contains a watermark with the director’s social media accounts. Despite having a crew with the best colorist in the animation business, the picture has a hideous image filter that is uncomfortable to see. According to the animators, it was ‘tough to make the color palette as ugly as Zack wanted it to be’.
The lighting department went through a hard time as well, as the indications they received were to make the environment of the locations as dark as possible, although most of the film’s scenes take place in the day.
Rotten Tomatoes stated that: “Shrek’s Snyder Cut is in visual terms almost a dreadful job as ‘300’, ‘Man of Steel’ or ‘Batman v. Superman’, but at least never as horrid as Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.” On the other hand, this movie left us some truly moments of brilliance: the audiences worldwide froze at the scene where Shrek stands in front of Pinocchio and yells at him “This is my swamp!” just before kicking him into a bottomless pit.
Nonetheless, there was not so much enthusiasm for the final sequence where the ogre is about to defeat Lord Farquaad, but this suddenly reveals that their mothers’ names are the same. Indeed no one saw that coming… again.
Naturally, the reviews and commentaries were all mixed up both from the specialized critics and the public in general. However, while some people really liked the film and others hated it brutally, the truth is that none of them understood it at all. Nonetheless, a great sector from the internet agreed that there are not enough black characters, gay characters, transsexual characters or one-handed characters.
However, the mythological creature’s community was shown to be very pleased with their representation in the film.
Zack Snyder also said to be very blissful with the result of his work and said that Shrek’s cut was exactly what he was trying to achieve back when he made ‘Watchmen’.
Verdict: Just when you thought that there would not be another way to see Shrek after the numerous sequels, memes, and all that “Shrek is love, Shrek is life” thing; here is the answer we were all waiting for! Dare yourself to give this piece of work a chance. And if you are not convinced, just breathe deeply and remember what everyone said before watching Cats: “well, f*ck it, at least this isn’t another sequel of The Fast and the Furious saga.”