This past Saturday was a yucky, rainy day. The kids were whining there was nothing to do. Sure we have games. We have books. We have toys. We have fun music. They could pick up toys. Or better yet, pick up their room. Still. The children insisted there was nothing to do.
My husband and I finally had enough and decided to change everyone's mood. Time to take the girls to see the movie Shrek the Third. You can view the movie trailer here. The kids were so excited and to be honest, I was looking forward to it too. I loved the first two movies. Yes, there's some gross humor, but still, these movies were laugh out loud funny. And when you think about how the screenwriters tweaked all the Happily Ever After tales to create these entertaining movies, it is simply fascinating. To me anyway. So I was expecting big things for the third movie. Warning: There are some spoilers here...
And I was so disappointed. You know the feeling. When you're reading a really good book series and the next book just doesn't cut it. You're off kilter because you were anticipating so much more. I'm not going to name names. You know what I'm talking about.
Don't get me wrong. Shrek the Third is funny. Shrek, Donkey and Puss are still up to their hysterical antics. Shrek and Fiona are still lovey dovey. We get comic glimpses of Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Boy, the Three Little Pigs, and the Big Bad Wolf. And Charming, poor self absorbed Charming, who lost out to Shrek for Fiona's hand...he made quite an interesting bad guy.
Girl Power is so evident in this movie. The Disney Princesses -- Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty -- are first depicted as spoiled, selfish gals. And this worked. It was amusing. After some trouble, they end up teaming together with Fiona and the Queen to seriously kick some major butt. Awesome.
So you're asking, what was the problem? What was the problem? The problem, my friends, was the introduction of one of my favorite childhood stories...of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I was really excited when I realized this storyline would come into play, but as it went on, I found it so disappointing and lacking in substance. I know the screenwriters were trying to have some fun with these new characters--Arthur, Lance, Gwen and Merlin--but it didn't work for me.
The movie is cute, but, the first and second movies are so much better. And it made me crave some books about King Arthur and the Knights. So when I went to the library today, I discovered these books. I'm going to read these to my girls, so they can properly fall in love with Arthur, Lancelot, Merlin, and the rest of the gang:
The Sword and the Circle by Rosemary Sutcliff
Arthur, High King of Britain by Michael Morpurgo
Excalibur by Hudson Talbott
Lancelot by Hudson Talbott
Wizardology, The Book of the Secrets of Merlin by Master Merlin and Dugald Steer
Any other suggestions?