Observer reporter Beth Sharp tells why Shrek 2 is her favourite festive film:
CHRISTMAS wouldn’t be the same without a good catch up with Donkey, Shrek, Puss in Boots and Princess Fiona.
Nothing makes it feel like the festive season has arrived more than being curled up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate, fluffy socks and Shrek 2.
Despite having watched this film once a year since its release in 2004 it still brings a smile to my face every time I watch it.
The second films of the sequel tells the tale of what happens next, after Shrek has rescued Princess Fiona, got married, and is preparing to meet his dreaded parents-in-law – the King and Queen of Far, Far Away.
After setting out on their long, long journey to Fiona’s family home Donkey proves why he such a lovable chap and one of the favourite characters of the story – by proving how he can still pull Shrek’s strings and make him tick, even now.
When Shrek finally meets the King it becomes clear the happy couple’s ‘happily ever after’ will not be as easy as it first seemed.
We also meet new characters including Prince Charming who has returned after arriving too late to rescue Fiona from her dragon-guarded tower.
We are taken on an excruciatingly funny and emotional journey where Shrek, Puss in Boots and Donkey have to tangle with Charming’s mother – the Fairy Godmother.
Although fighting magic proves itself to be difficult and utterly hilarious it acts as a brilliant reminder of all those times our friends have experience those completely ridiculous situations with us which have in turn created memories of a lifetime.
This is especially evident when Donkey shows what a loyal steed he is to his best friend Shrek.
Not only are the utterly ridiculous situations the trio get themselves into gut wrenchingly funny but also touching, emotional and even moving.
This film reminds you of the true meaning of friendship and how with the help of your pals you can do anything.