Jacob’s review published on Letterboxd:
Louder, prouder and more vulgar. I’ll just go ahead and throw this in the “sequels that outdo the original” bin because almost each aspect that people cherished from the original, I feel is now upgraded and simply more fun.
Donkey isn’t oblivious to the fact that he is annoying, in this installment he knows exactly how annoying he can be and he engulfs it. Plus I loved the hidden themes about racism and traditional royal marriages which can be taught to kids, also gotta love the message about accepting who you are even when you have a chance to be someone better in the eyes of the public. I think in this day and age in the social media era, I would say this film’s core message should be valued and more talked about.
The adult humor is much more exploited in this film but the childlike innocence and fun is still on display. It’s cleverly written with many sexual innuendos, I mean Pinocchio lying about wearing a thong is so stupidly funny. I caught Mission Impossible vibes, I caught Ghostbuster vibes when the giant gingerbread man hilariously shows his face. I mean, there’s just tons of action with cute scenes thrown into the mix. Yea, this was an unexpected experience as I don’t remember enjoying the Shrek franchise.