Megan Duncan, Campus Carrier photo editor
The Shrek series have long been my favorite movies of all time. When I am sad, I can put on “Shrek Two” to make me feel better. When I need some nostalgia in my life, I put on the first Shrek and reminisce about watching it as a child. Each Shrek movie has something different to introduce to the conversation.
The first Shrek introduces you to a character that is an unlikely hero. He isn’t meant to charm the audience with his good looks and he isn’t even a nice character. Throughout the movie, however, you grow to learn that Shrek is just like everyone else and wants to be loved too. Yes, he is an unlikely hero, as he is not a prince, but the unlikeliness is what makes him the best. He even shocks himself with the fact that he has fallen in love with Princess Fiona. The first Shrek movie teaches you that what is shown on the outside doesn’t matter. True beauty comes from the inside.
The second Shrek shows our unlikely hero meeting Fiona’s parents. For most, this is an intimidating process, which Shrek quickly comes to realize. Everything seems to go wrong for him and his attitude toward the situation doesn’t help. Shrek soon requires the help of the fairy godmother who will do anything to make sure he doesn’t end up with his princess. After Shrek turns himself into a human so that he can be Fiona’s happily ever after, they both realize that they love each other the way they were. The second Shrek teaches you that sometimes change isn’t the answer.
The third movie highlights the future King Arthur and his journey to become the next king of Far Far Away. If you’ve ever seen the movie, you know that the King Arthur who is represented here is not the King Arthur we’ve all read about as children. This Arthur is scared. With the help of Shrek, however, Arthur comes to realize that it is okay to not be perfect. The third Shrek teaches you that not all leaders need to be strong and brave. There are many types of leaders.
The fourth Shrek shows Shrek seemingly happy with his family, but he hates how nobody respects him as an ogre anymore. Shrek eventually makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to let him relive his days as a free ogre. Shrek soon comes to realize that this is not what he wants after his entire family disappears and Fiona forgets who he is. He goes into battle for Fiona and gets true love’s kiss all over again. He returns to his family in which he is immensely grateful for after being away. The fourth movie teaches you about loving your family no matter how crazy they make you. There are many more lessons Shrek can teach us as an unlikely hero in our own stories.