As Shrek and Donkey approach Lord Farquaad’s castle, the camera moves from ground level upwards. This is called a high angle shot which gives the feeling Shrek and Donkey are just two tiny people approaching a castle towering over them, illustrating the magnitude of the quest ahead. As Shrek enters the castle of Duloe they end up on a more Traditional quest of rescuing the princess from the dragon, with the ultimate aim of recouping his swamp. As they set out on their new quest they are pictured walking through fields, with the sun shining down on them.
This reinforces the idea of them being the good guys in this fairy tale. They find the princess in the highest room of the tallest tower. The idea of the knight in shining armour rescuing the princess and then sharing true loves’ first kiss is shattered as Shrek hurries to escape from the dragon. Princess Fiona is shocked when she sees Shrek as an ogre, which upsets Shrek but as the story continues, they start to become closer. The close ups of Shrek and Princess Fiona smiling are really useful, as they focus the viewer’s attention on their emotions showing they are starting to enjoy each others company.
The images of light are also used to great effect when Shrek and Princess Fiona are pictured walking through meadows. The fact that the sun is shining and the birds are chirping makes these touching scenes have a very cheerful feel to them. Later on, when Shrek prepares Donkey and Princess a meal, mid angle shots are used to give the scene a feeling of closeness instead of just showing one person at a time. Around this time the mystical air surrounding Princess Fiona is finally revealed as Donkey goes in search of Princess Fiona. Princess Fiona tries to hide away but Donkey finds her and promises to keep her secret.
As they are talking Shrek overhears Princess Fiona saying,” who could love a hideous beast? ” Misinterpreting this, thinking she was talking about him, his feelings are really hurt so he runs off to get Lord Farquaad. As Lord Farquaad proposes to Princess Fiona, Shrek walks away with sad music playing in the background, making it feel like the princess is marrying the wrong person. As Shrek heads back to his swamp, Donkey tries to follow him but Shrek indicates he doesn’t want to be friends anymore. Shreks back is then shown instead of his face, suggesting isolation from Donkey.
It seems at this point, that, from a traditional fairy tale point of view, the story is going to end properly, with the prince marrying the princess and the ogre living in isolation from other characters. However, the audience feels unsatisfied with this ending even though this is how traditionally it should end, but throughout the film they have become closer to Shrek and start to feel empathy and sadness towards him. Thankfully, Donkey comes to the rescue, persuading Shrek to go and see Princess Fiona before the wedding. Thankfully they make it in time; Shrek bursts into the church and professes his true feelings towards Princess Fiona.
Lord Farquaad still wants to persist with the wedding, until he sees that when the sun sets Princess Fiona transforms into an ugly ogre. Lord Farquaad speaks to her in a cruel way, and orders his knights to “get that out of my sight! ” Lord Farquaad now cancels the wedding, but still proclaims himself king. This confirms the concept that he never loved the Princess, but only wanted to become king. It comes as a great relief when the dragon eats the king and we feel justice has been done. At that moment, Shrek and Princess Fiona finally share true loves’ first kiss; Princess Fiona then starts to float and then takes “loves’ true form.
” A brilliant light shines giving the impression that good has conquered evil. It can be seen therefore that the story of Shrek uses presentational devices to reverse our expectations, so that by the end of the film the audience feels happy for Shrek, the unlikely hero, by presenting him as the loveable good guy. The audience feels hatred towards Lord Farquaad his evil; merciless actions make him disliked by everyone. The layout of the film makes it very successful as well as the fact that it was aimed to appeal to all ages. Some of the jokes in the film are clearly aimed at adults, as they would pass over a young child’s head.
At the end of the film, even though it pushes the boundaries of a traditional fairy tale, it does have all the right ingredients; – it has a prince, princess, an ogre and finally a noble stead. The only difference is the fact that all their roles have been reversed with the prince being evil and the ogre being the good guy and ends with the right couple living “happily ever after. ” Kieran Casterton 10T Page 1 of 4 Shrek Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE JRR Tolkien section.