This package brings together some of the world’s most famous childhood heroes and mythical creatures in an inventive story about the power of belief, faith, and the values of the universe.
For its long-time followers, “Shrek Forever After” is passable entertainment. It is for those who have grown with the franchise’s predecessors and not the type that can add any new toddler fans.
The swoony supernatural romance and the neo-horror motif of “Twilight” can both amuse and bemuse — depending on the type of viewer. It knows what it is meant for. Either one likes it or hates it. It has a sweetly idealistic charm on its own. It pleases its devoted fans, but does little for the uninitiated.
For its time, “Beowulf” takes tremendous artistic license to blend CGI and motion-capture technology, then renders it in IMAX 3D to bring a level of hyperreality for the audience to enjoy.
The Shrek franchise comes up with its third installment quite inferior to the first two. Shrek the Third tries to do its best to bring out some laugh-inducing slapstick from the can. At least, it has the very humor that Shrek fans have come to expect.
Darker, a little more mature, and a little less magical, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” primarily deals with rejection and hormones as Harry and his friends struggle through transition from childhood to young adulthood.
Behind its eerie theme, “Corpse Bride” is fun, genial, expressive, and charming. This semi-musical stop-motion animation celluloid baby is set at death’s door and salutes the liberating power of true love and sacrifice.
“Brothers Grimm” is shallow, bland, and disappointing. There are a few sparks of promise, but the muddled plot messes up its supposed intensity.
Tim Burton breathes new life to Roald Dahl’s 1964 sweet tale and makes it into a new celluloid confectionery. This gothic yet colorful fantasy is filled with the eccentricity only director Tim Burton gets to achieve in Hollywood mainstream.
“Blade Trinity” turns out to be a generic end to the “Blade” trilogy. This third installment directed by David Goyer wrestles to its end as a flashy, suspense-free visual reel substituting quick-paced humor for some chills.