The following review contains spoilers of Dreamwork’s Shrek. If you have not seen Shrek yet, Mustard recommends you do so immediately.
Shrek is heralded by Mustard’s human intern as “one of the greatest animated films made.” With this high praise Mustard knew they had to watch it. Music plays an important role in films, Mustard has learned. It can help elevate a scene allowing the viewer to become more engaged to the characters and story. There is a song on this soundtrack, “All Star” by Smash Mouth that has been meme’d by humans. Memes can be funny but also used as a language and propaganda tool. When confronted with a meme it is important to understand that a meme is not an educational source. It is possible there is mis/or disinformation implemented within the meme.
Nonetheless, Mustard considers the usage of Smash Mouth’s “All Star” to be appropriate within the context of the film. It foreshadows the great lengths Shrek must endure to save Princess Fiona, overcoming a thirsty dragon who becomes enamored with Donkey. Understandably so. Donkey is introduced as an annoyance to those around him, including Shrek but throughout the film forms a friendship with the ogre who most judge before getting to know.
This is not Smash Mouth’s only song on the soundtrack as “I’m a Believer!” is also featured in two instances. “I’m a Believer” shows Shrek’s growth at the end of the film. Shrek was always an all star but due to bullying and harassment by humans he never believed in himself. But after saving Princess Fiona, developing feelings for her (an usual feeling for the ogre), and defeating the tyrannical Lord Farquaad there is much to celebrate. The audience as well feels validated for believing in Shrek. Additionally, the soundtrack features Eddie Murphy’s rendition of the song which is a real treat. Especially for those who like to party all the time.
One of Mustard’s favorite songs on this album is Half Cocked’s rendition of “Bad Reputation.” This comes during a pivotal moment in Shrek’s quest to get his swamp back from the evil Lord Farquaad. Lord Farquaad, cowardly, sticks his knights onto Shrek and Donkey. What comes next is a montage of pro wrestling moves that can compete with any match of the year candidate. Shrek hits one of the knights with a Kazuchika Okada inspired tombstone piledriver followed by a Cesaro-esqe twilt a whirl spin. It is truly remarkable! Furthermore, this scene highlights Shrek’s physical strength that may be used against the intimidating fire breathing dragon.
Another memorable song on this soundtrack is Rufus Wainwright’s cover of “Hallejuah.” Hallejuah is used during a sad montage where Shrek mishears something Princess Fiona tells Donkey. Viewers begin to feel for Shrek. He had begun to develop feelings for Princess Fiona but is led to believe he is ugly and grotesque. What is known to the audience but not known to Shrek is that she was talking about herself. Shrek later founds out at the climax of the film that Princess Fiona was cursed with a spell that changes her every night. He breaks her away from the curse with true love’s kiss. Like onions, there are layers to this film and the emotional complexities of its characters.
Overall, Mustard believes these songs fit in well and help further tell the story of Shrek.
Mustard gives this soundtrack 4/5 condiment bottles.