In our imagination, all the creatures in fairy tales are perfect. The princesses are all beautiful and effeminacy; the princes are all tall and handsome (and they usually ride a white horse). The knights are cool, brave, loyal guys; the fairies are tiny little people. All the spells are evil; all the step-mothers are bad. In the past cartoons, everyone has a what-it-should-be face, and everything goes on a what-it-should-be way. But Shrek breaks them whole.
The film begins with a typical Disney fairytale pattern, but such a romantic beginning is “destroyed” by Shrek’s big laugh. “That is not gonna happen! ”Yes, every mean-to-be thing is not gonna happen in Shrek.
The leading role is no longer a prince or a princess; instead, it is an ugly stink ogre. The princess who be cast a spell is not that effeminacy and beautiful. The prince (indeed a lord of a castle) is a person who is “in short supply”. The donkey is a chatter box, and the dragon is female. @_@
In the past fairy tales, spells are thought to be cast on prince, but in Shrek, the spell is cast on the princess. In the past fairy tales, people is enchanted to become ugly, but in Shrek, Fiona is enchanted to be beautiful. In the past fairy tales, dragons are terrible snake-like monster, but in Shrek, it is a lovely, friendly girl, and it (she) falls in love with the donkey. |||_|||
“Ogres are like onions, They have layers.” Actually, People are the same. The way we know someone just like the way we peel the layers of onions. As we “peel” them layer by layer, we may come to find it quite different from what we see from the outside. The more layers we peels, the deeper we know about them.
That makes me occur to the other movie Legally Blonde. In this movie, the situation of the heroine is opposite. People think little of her just because she is too blonde. Though Shrek and Legally blonde are quite different movies, they both tell us the same truth: We should not judge someone just by what he/she looks like, because it is not what he/she really is.