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The greatest fairy tale never told. 

Year: 2001 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC U Cert – Universal 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson 
Starring: Mike Myers & Eddie Murphy  
An image from OUTDOOR SCREENING: Shrek

On Tuesday 28th June (the last Tuesday of term) an event arrives that is so mammoth that Warwick Student Cinema can only hold it once a year: the Outdoor Screening! This year’s film is…. Shrek! Does it even need an introduction? Undoubtedly the strongest of its trilogy, the film that started it all. Come see all your favourite characters, and hear all the classic lines again. Rejected by a prejudiced world which views all ogres as evil and ugly, our hero Shrek (Mike Myers) is content to spend his life alone, having nothing to do with the rest of the world. However, when the ruler of the land, Prince Farquaad (a superbly cast John Lithgow), wishes to rid the land of all mythical and magical creatures, they all seek refuge in Shrek’s swamp. Prince Farquaad agrees to clear the swamp if Shrek will complete a small task for him. He must climb to the highest room of the tallest tower, slaying the fire-breathing dragon, to rescue Princess Fiona so Prince Farquaad may marry her and become king.

Shrek is not alone in his quest, however. He is accompanied by the smooth-talking Donkey (Eddie Murphy), whose heart is as large as his mouth. The only one so far able to look past Shrek’s exterior to see his kindness within. Both social outcasts, a strong yet volatile friendship is formed between them. Will Princess Fiona escape her tower? Will Donkey survive the fire-breathing dragon? And will Shrek finally get some peace and quiet?

Full of laughs, magic, and larger-than-life characters, Shrek remains grounded by the honest emotion shown between the characters, giving it a delightfully heart-warming human centre. Shrek is one of those rare gems which gets the balance just right between comedy for the young and the old. The full gamut of humour is covered, from political satire, spoofs of popular culture, to even the occasional fart joke. The perfect summer film, Shrek is definitely not to be missed! Hope to see you there…

Natalie Tyldesley

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Screenings of this film:

2007/2008 Summer Term (35mm)
2015/2016 Summer Term (digital)