Years ago, I traveled to RCA Labs in Princeton to spend a day living in the future. It was then that I learned one of life's great truisms: Americans buy new television sets like clockwork every seven years.
All the warning signs are there: it's the 4th film, it's in 3D, virtually all of the original creative talent (aside from the actors) have moved on. Has the law of diminishing returns caught up with Shrek Forever After? Yes and no -- but mostly no.
While Antonio Banderas may be running off to promote to his latest Hollywood excursion, Shrek Forever After his real passion recently has been curating a new, free film series at Manhattan's Spanish culture center.