I've been called a "soft touch" where certain mega-popular Hollywood franchises are concerned: I loved the first two Shrek movies, I adored the first two Spider-Man movies, and don't even get me started on those Lord of the Rings masterpieces. As critical as I can be from time to time (and believe me, I can be a real whiny geek sometimes), I really love sitting down and being treated to a high-end, fast-paced, and well-constructed piece of Popcorn Movie-making. And don't even mention those Pirates of the Caribbean flicks -- because I'll never shut up about 'em.
Having said that, I can't help but think that the 2007 Summer Movie Season (the one that's predicted to be the most profitable summer season of all time) is getting off to a fairly limp start. My first relative disappointment was Spider-Man 3, which I found to be all sorts of dry, redundant and generally uneventful. And now comes Shrek the Third, second sequel to the resoundingly popular Shrek -- which is a movie that had me giggling my way out of the theater like I was a 6-year-old on a chocolate high. Shrek 2 proved to be a surprisingly worthwhile follow-up, mainly because of its clever screenplay and attention to (amusingly silly) character development. Needless to say I walked into Shrek 3 with very high hopes -- which might help to explain why I found the flick a little ... lacking. Not terrible, but just sort of limp, obvious and lethargic.