"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses" -- French journalist Alphonse Karr (1808-90) known for his caustic commentaries on the events and personalities of the Parisian literary scene.
One thing I gained after watching the movie Shrek Forever After is to appreciate what I have. Never mind about being among the ‘lucky people’ in Malaysia who have seen the movie even before it hit cinemas in most developed countries including the United Kingdom.
The American animated film was released just two days ago in cinemas in the United States and Canada. It is the fourth and final installment in the Shrek movie series.
While some reviews hinted that the latest movie was not as witty as the earlier ones, it is still funnier and more exciting.
I love the scene where Shrek sang “You’ve Got A Friend” when Donkey could not recall who he was.
But one particular line by Shrek that I remember most was when he said: “I didn't know what I had until it's gone”.
Yes, many of us take for granted what we have. More often than not, we only realize its worth when that something is no longer around.
The film depicts Shrek as as an utterly domesticated and completely overwhelmed family man.
There is a crushing, bewildering repetition to his daily life, so much so that he can't even take a mud bath in peace.
As devoted and loving as he is to his wife – Fiona and their three little kids, Shrek misses being the fearsome ogre he once was.
He is looked at by acquaintances and strangers alike as some sort of a sideshow attraction.
Shrek is finally driven to his breaking point during his kids' first birthday party when a pushy dad and his kid badger him to "do the roar."
His explosive outburst causes a scene that mortifies Fiona.
He snaps at her that he wishes things could go back to the way they used to be, when he was the boss of his own life and was left in peace.
And there, ready to make his wish come true is trickster Rumpelstiltskin who sets out to ensnare Shrek in a trap…
With Shrek, Fiona and Donkey at Arbat Street in Moscow in 2007.