Richard, a has-been writer, is staying in a cabin in hopes of striking up some inspiration that will allow him to write his next novel. His wife is only at the cabin every other weekend which gives him time alone to write while she is at home tending to their house and her job as a medical resident.
Richard finds himself unable to write and every time he attempts to put something down on paper he is visited by Captain Excellent. Captain Excellent is an imaginary friend and super hero Richard made up when he was second grade. Since then Captain Excellent has been showing up every now and then and acts as Richard’s conscience and only true friend.
A few days of failed writing attempts pass by and the uninspired writer is bored. But he soon meets a young high school girl named Abby. Abby is a bit more mature than her friends and boyfriend, that are her age, and she enjoys Richard’s presence on a platonic mentoring type of level. Richard initially offers her a small gig as a babysitter even though he doesn’t have any kids for her to watch.
Abby doesn’t really seem to mind and spends her time cleaning his small house and making the occasional meal. Richard feels as if he finally has a real friendship and in a way, a chance to relive part of his adolescence with his new friend.
There are a few sub plots in the movie and a few of which I find to be confusing and not needed. The imaginary friend of Captain Excellent is something that never really develops into anything worthwhile. Another character who is Abby’s sad best friend is constantly around and sometimes in an unsettling and unexpected way. He is madly in love with her and he’s really only in “love” to make her feel sorry for him. Some of these parts just didn’t tie in with the rest of the movie.
Honestly I didn’t think that this movie was all that great. There were good parts of the movie but for me, they really weren’t redeeming enough to compensate for all the back and forth between the other failed plots in the film.
Richard is discovered by his wife with Abby after they accidentally fell asleep together, forgetting that she would be arriving with some friends in the morning. His wife is angry and confused, but later she seems somewhat understands that Richard is unhappy and feeling that he has no real friendships and somehow got something from a high school girl that he couldn’t find in all the other family friends that he had over the years. This was strange and unrealistic to me. Arriving at the movie’s ending there is some resolution to the story but it’s not anything that interesting. Paper Man was a swing and a miss in my opinion.
Like in writing or reading, a movie’s storyline must tie in and make sense. The movie “Paper Man” does not do a great job with this according to the viewer’s feedback and review. Shrek
Shrek is an off-beat fairytale that takes jabs at your classic Disney favorites. The spoofs on Disney works could partially be due in part because of many of the Dreamworks production members were formerly employed by Disney.
Shrek focuses on the unsung heroes and the underdogs of the fairy tale story rather than the glorified princes and princesses. Shrek is a smelly ugly green ogre who lives in a small shack in the middle of a big infested swamp. He likes it this way and really refuses to change until one day he wakes up to find all of the fairy tale creatures inhabiting his land due to an order put out but the high and mighty Lord Farquad.
In frustration, Shrek vows to get all on the fairy tale creatures off his land and back where they belong. He states this with the intent of it being a threat towards the intruders but tham recognizes it as a saving grace. From that point Shrek is unwillingly committed to reaching out to Lord Farquad to get the people off his land.
Dreamworks has plenty of characters that they borrow from Disney movies and classic children’s stories. They put their own spin on it by making the characters way different than the way you are used to seeing them being portrayed. Characters like the gingerbread men, three blind mice, three little pigs, and the talking mirror from Snow White are just a few of the funny spoofs that the movie Shrek entails.
Shrek has roles from Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers that bring to life the full computer animation of Shrek. The music reminds me of the soundtrack from A Knight’s Tale, the way it is more modern even though the movie is taking place in the middle-ages sometime.
Although Shrek is considered a children’s movie it does have some more suggestive content like music with a couple profanities and vulgar behavior here and there. It’s much like the movie Antz in terms of questionable content. Shrek was created by the same company as Antz so the similarities would make sense.
I would say that for children that are a little bit older Shrek would be a fine movie for them to watch. I wonder why Dreamworks made some of the choices to include the more suggestive material when the movie is clearly intended to be meant for youngsters. That might be why even though Dreamworks sees plenty of success with its movies, Disney still remains to be the top contender in the children’s genre. But Dreamworks is well on its way to to closing the gap between themselves and Disney with Shrek leading the way.
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