By Lauren Wiles
Shrek is love, Shrek is life; a film critic has sent Twitter into a frenzy with his negative review of Dreamworks classic Shrek.
The animated comedy recently reached its 20th anniversary and is regarded by most as one of the most prevalent movies in pop culture. This anniversary has sparked nostalgia and joy for grumpy green ogre and Smash Mouth fans across the globe.
However, one film critic wasn’t such a big fan of the iconic animated film and decided to write an opinion piece on The Guardian. Film critic Scott Tobias called Shrek “an unfunny and overrated low for blockbuster animation”.
“Shrek is a terrible movie. It’s not funny. It looks awful. It would influence many unfunny, awful-looking computer-animated comedies that copied its formula of glib self-reference and sickly sweet sentimentality.” – Tobias Scott
In the review Scott also noted that Shrek was added to the Library of Congress last year by the National Film Registry. They select 25 films each year that showcase the range of American films. Later, Scott joked how his argument was so persuasive that Shrek was removed from the National Film Registry.
In a matter of hours, the review was circulated around Twitter. It was shared almost 3,500 times. Most of the responses were very negative and fiercely loyal of the much-loved classic.
Once again I must remind you all that if you have a vague and unfounded dislike of something you can simply choose to not write an article in a national newspaper about it. https://t.co/C0orj4x7b2
— Robin Stevens (@redbreastedbird) May 18, 2021
this the most disgusting headline i’ve ever seen https://t.co/kbI4CyS7EP
— holly (@crueltyfreehols) May 18, 2021
One of the most liked tweets criticising Scott’s review was that of The Tab writer Harrison Brocklehurst who tweeted: “@TheGuardian, I’ll give you one hour to delete”. Brocklehurst then went on to write an article in retaliation to Scott’s opinion. The headline read: “Actually, Shrek is a timeless masterpiece and you can’t tell me otherwise.”
@ The Guardian, I’ll give you one hour to delete pic.twitter.com/IF647BZUaA
— Harrison Brocklehurst (@harrisonjbrock) May 18, 2021
Once again, everyone from around Twitter stood in solidarity for a very unlikely cause. It just goes to show that if you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. In the famous words of Shrek himself: “That’ll do Donkey. That’ll do.”