There’s no denying Dreamworks has had many great movies that are worth looking back upon: The How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, Shrek and its sequel, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron, the Kung Fu Panda trilogy, Road to El Dorado, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, I could name several but we have a list to discuss. Sadly while Dreamworks definitely established a unique identity for itself, they had a couple of notable failures under their belt. This article takes a look at the worst Dreamworks has offered.
This is probably the safest movie Dreamworks has ever made. The story sounds promising on paper but everything about it is so downplayed. It took little to no risks and nothing about it feels new with its overly bright color scheme. The good thing about Dreamworks movies is that failed or not they always offer something to think about. This is just junk food for the mind that will only appeal to the smallest of children. While its message is fine, there’s not much tension or deep emotion involved in any of it. It’s just overly kid friendly with no real desire to try something different.
2. Shrek the Third
Shrek is neither love nor life! Quiet Shrek apologists in the back row! This movie was a giant step backward from the first two Shrek movies. The first two movies pushed the methods of modernizing and parodying fairy tale and Disney tropes in imaginative ways. The dialogue here is poor and the movie really feels alien from the characters we’ve seen develop over the last two movies particularly with the death of King Harold who is given a horribly over-dramatic and insulting goodbye that has no idea what it wants to be. The movie has a lot going on in it between Shrek going off to find the heir to the throne, him dealing with becoming a father, Prince Charming and a bunch of fairy-tale villains invading Far Far Away, and Fiona and the other ladies having to defend the kingdom and it could have worked but it’s very slow-paced and dull in its scenes and humor that really won’t fully appeal to kids or adults. And the lowbrow humor really stands out here. It’s really clumsy, awkward, and really began the downfall for the Shrek franchise.
3. Boss Baby
The concept of this whole movie feels downright forced and devoid of charm. It’s got some good voice acting and some inventive animation but its premise is far too simple and stereotypical. Even for kids movies it’s not going to offer anything that any other Dreamworks or kids film can do better. This is just disappointingly bad since Dreamworks is in fact capable of doing better even when they aren’t as ambitious as some of their best movies.
Sadly the voice talents of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick and the good looking animation really don’t make up for the bad points of this movie in its narrative and characters. It doesn’t have much in the way of creativity and is really overly happy. It goes for characters performing dated and recognizable pop songs that neither add to the film nor help it progress. The characters are one-dimensional and the romance between the leads doesn’t have much in the way of chemistry (all they do is argue). All of it is formulaic and contrived and it feels so much like it’s trying to be hip with its generation.
5. Shark Tale
Urgh! This is what I consider Dreamworks’ worst movie. It had a lot of big names in this movie including Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Robert De Niro, and Renee Zellweger and relied on the names alone to get an audience in the seats. The celebrities don’t do much in bringing the characters to life. And the movie has a lot of horrible puns and jokes that go one after another and all the dialogue feels like it’s just trying to be hip and with it. Aside from Angie who I really feel bad for due to her blinding sympathy for Oscar, the characters (particularly the main character Oscar) are downright shallow and stupid with no complexity. Its story is predictable right off the bat and with how the characters are it’s not easy to root for anybody or anything of it.
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