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Enchanted

A 2007 movie directed by Kevin Lima.

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Disney Laughs At Itself With This Family Feature

  • Apr 21, 2008
Rating:
+4
When Mike Myers poked fun at fairy tales in the "Shrek" films, he did so by blending pop culture into the stories. The result was hilarious. Disney takes the humor up a notch with the live action/briefly animated family feature, "Enchanted." With a vast amount of excellent material to use as references, Disney took the generic story of a princess living in a fantasy land and smacked it in the face with a good dose of New York-style reality. The result this time was a film that was more family-friendly than "Shrek" but just as funny, with countless in-jokes that only Disney fans can pick up on.

Amy Adams heads up the cast as Princess Giselle, a gullible, "golly-gee" generic Disney princess who thinks anything and everything can be solved with a song or true love's kiss. Her love, Prince Edward (hammed up by James Marsden), has plans to marry her. Those plans seem to be going quite well until Edward's wicked stepmother Queen Narissa (a devilish Susan Sarandon), pushes Giselle through a portal that sends her to reality, literally, in Times Square hoping to rid the kingdom and the queenship of her.

When reality checks in, animation checks out. Adams wanders aimlessly around trying to find help, which results in some funny moments in the film. She finally stumbles upon Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his cute daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey). Robert's up to his neck in relationship problems at work and at home. Giselle's goofy way of doing things only adds to this at first, but as the tale rolls along Robert realizes that all of that mushy fairy tale stuff just might actually work.

Meanwhile, Prince Edward has jumped through the portal in order to find his true love. Along for the ride is Pip, a hilarious chipmunk that's sure to make the kiddies laugh. Marsden's character suffers from a wicked dose of "knight in shining armor," and his interactions with the residents of NYC make for some funny moments.

Of course, the wicked stepmother has to cover her tracks. In order to do this, she sends bumbling Nathaniel (an excellent Timothy Spall) to finish off Giselle. Pip does his best to warn Edward of Nathaniel's motives, but Edward believes that Nathaniel's there to help him. In the end, though, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This means that Narissa pays reality a visit with some good ol' fashioned fantasy wickedness. Will the damsel-in-distress be saved? Will Narissa keep her crown? Who falls in love? Who loses love? You'll have to watch to find out.

The entire cast is solid, including Elpheba Idina Menzel as Nancy, Robert's real-world love interest. She has a small role in the film, but she delivers a solid performance. The special effects are excellent, including a climactic face off with a dragon. The only minor letdown is the musical in the film, which is almost too generic to befit what will probably become a classic Disney film. It isn't terrible, but it isn't up to par with the music in the films that it references.

Old and young fans alike will enjoy picking apart scenes to determine which Disney film is being referenced. Some of the references are more subtle than you'd think, which makes it that much more fun to figure them out. The DVD comes with a pop-up adventure featuring Pip that I'm sure will please youngsters as well as deleted scenes, a Carrie Underwood video and other features.

Overall, "Enchanted" stands as a solid family film. There is a little sexual innuendo and almost a nude scene (thank heaven for the help of small woodland creatures), but nothing that a young child will be able to pick up on. I don't recall any bad language at all. There is a little violence, but nothing too disturbing. While this is a good family film, I suggest watching the wonderful Disney classics that this movies references to see just how magical the wonderful world of Disney can be. Highly recommended.

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review by . December 19, 2010
It's good to see that even a film powerhouse like Disney can make fun of themselves sometimes. As much as I liked them when I was a young child, the Disney Princesses aren't very good role models, and the princess in this film, Giselle (played by Amy Adams) is just like that in the beginning, until she is tossed into the real world and becomes accustomed to the real world. The story is why I like this film so much, and why I think it's really underrated.      I like …
review by . December 20, 2009
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original, witty, and very entertaining. The plot is a spoof of typical Disney cartoon romances. I love how it mixes fairytale characters with the hustle of modern New York. The blend is seamless. The cast is really well-suited to their roles - both fairytale and modern. When the cartoons transform into actors, they become real people but never lose a sense of fairytaleness. However, Amy Adams shines through as the naive but charming Giselle. She is able to say the most insane lines while keeping …
review by . January 29, 2009
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review by . November 15, 2008
Some day my prince will come   Some day we'll meet again   And away to his castle we'll go   To be happy forever I know     (Lyrics from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Some Day my Prince Will Come)     "Enchanted" begins in an animated land named Andalasia, with a young girl named Giselle (Amy Adams) meeting the prince of her dreams, Prince Edward (James Marsden) and preparing to live happily ever after. Andalasia, and large …
review by . October 24, 2008
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Pros: Pretty people      Cons: Pretty people acting very badly and terrible songs       The Bottom Line: Fluff fluff fluff.  Knowing that going in may save a few brain cells.  It is a good "cuddle" movie perhaps (which is why I don't give it one star).      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Enchanted is a way for 4 actors to go back in time when all movements had …
review by . May 16, 2008
Since Shrek, numerous studios have produced movies that overtly combined themes from classic Disney cartoons. So it was only time before Disney joined in; the result being this combination cartoon - live action flick titled "Enchanted". The story is simple enough, but the execution was actually very impressive. As a Disney movie, there is singing, and it was actually quite good. The comedy was original enough, and appropriate for both adults and children. The casting was also good, with Susan Sarandon …
review by . May 15, 2008
Pros: Amy Adams' performance, McDreamy's cuteness     Cons: cliched, predictable, unfunny, cheesy; too many cons to list      The Bottom Line: I nearly vomited.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Maybe I’m becoming cynical in my old age, but I’ve hated every movie I’ve seen recently—even ones that were highly recommended. I feel like Elaine from Seinfeld in the episode about The …
review by . May 13, 2008
Ingeniously incorporating a mix of memorable elements from earlier fantasy classics, including The Wizard of Oz, Men in Tights, King Kong, and their own fairy tale repertoire, the Disney folks, whose products are often annoying, have turned up a winner. Filmed like a musical, Enchanted is a delightful, sometimes fanciful , sometimes realistic tale about make believe characters who wind up in NYC because of the curse of an evil queen. Amy Adams and James Marsden are perfectly cast as the innocent, …
review by . April 23, 2008
Pros: Excellent family movie, You will not be disappointed.     Cons: Nothing at this time     The Bottom Line: I would highly recommend this for all children and adults alike. You will not be disappointed.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. This movie first starts out in the animated world of Andalasia. (Giselle played by Amy Adams) loves to prance around and have interraction with all the animals …
review by . March 23, 2008
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Life is idyllic in the fairytale world where conflict is minimal and breaking into song solves every problem, but what happens when a princess from the fairy world gets magically transported into the real world?Enchantedbegins in the animated fairytale world of Andalasia where Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is destined to marry Prince Edward (James Marsden) and live happily ever after. Problem is, Edward's step-mother Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) doesn't want to give up the throne and will do anything to get Giselle out of Edward's life. Queen Narissa's solution is to push Giselle into a well that magically lands Giselle smack in the middle of the real world--the center of Time Square in New York City, to be exact. This launches the live-action portion of the film where Giselle immediately realizes that things are frighteningly different in this new world and that she is ill-prepared for the callous ways of the people who inhabit it. Giselle finds herself alone on a stormy night in the wrong end of town, but a chance encounter with Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his princess-loving daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey) leads to a warm, safe place to spend the night and the beginnings of a complicated, yet compelling relationship. As Giselle begins to question the fairy-tale truths she's always inherently believed, Robert's outlook on life and love also begins to change significantly. Parallels to the classicDisneyfairytales,Cinderella,Snow Whiteand Sleeping ...
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Director: Kevin Lima
Genre: Music, Musical
Release Date: November 21, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
Runtime: 107 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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