The fourth and presumed final installment (or at least that's how it's being marketed) of the 'Shrek' films, 'Shrek Forever After' revisits the beloved ogre as he is going through a sort of midlife crisis.

Overwhelmed by the chaotic routine of everyday living, Shrek (Mike Myers) is sick of being a family man and yearns to return to his role of the not-so-gentle green giant. He also finds the daily visits from a tour bus an infuriating nuisance. After a small quarrel with wife Fiona (Cameron Diaz) at their children's birthday bash, Shrek meets the sneaky Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn), a wish-granting malcontent who wants to take over Far, Far Away kingdom. Soon the evildoer and his creepy, sharp-toothed goose trick Shrek into granting a wish that would regrettably flip the world he knows upside down, with Rumpelstiltskin atop the throne and Shrek left Fiona-less.

The overall critical consensus on 'Shrek Forever After' seems to be somewhat middling: All agree the franchise has somewhat lost its visual luster and unfortunately run out of steam. Josh Bell of the Las Vegas Weekly calls the film "decidedly pointless." However, Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly feels like the creative team behind the film, along with its actors, perform "adequately" enough.

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