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Enchanted

A 2007 movie directed by Kevin Lima.

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The closing credits were enchanted because it meant the movie was over

  • Oct 24, 2008
Rating:
-3
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 to be sweeping and all words delivered as if trying to reach row ZZZ (oops). So the film has Susan Sarandon, Timothy Spall, Amy Adams, and James Marsden to play such hams that it is a wonder none of them were turned into sausage.

Queen Narissa (Ms. Sarandon) will not tolerate her step-son, Prince Edward (Mr. Marsden) from finding his true love and throwing her off the throne of an animated world also so over the top that it is playing to the blind guy who isn’t even in the theater. He finds this supposed true love, Giselle (Ms. Adams), and will marry the next day. Before this can happen, the evil queen shoves Giselle down a fountain that ends at a manhole cover in Times Square NYC where she goes from animated to live action. Not long after this, Prince Edward and Nathaniel (Mr. Spall) fall down the same fountain to find his soon to be princess.

In the meantime, Giselle is reluctantly befriended by divorce attorney Robert (Patrick Dempsey). He thinks her insane, but over time begins to realize that she is an idealist which is a beast that doesn’t exist in NYC. And in due course, Giselle becomes accustomed to NYC. Edward searches while Nathaniel (myrmidon of the queen sent down the fountain to kill Giselle) does all he can to get the girl to eat a poison apple.

That’s enough by way of plot summary because it is predictable to the point of finishing sentences.

Enchanted (directed by Kevin Lima) is an ersatz mix of the animated with live action. All jokes are telegraphed from such a distance that you may as well laugh now for something that will happen in about 3 minutes. The script was weak, the story weaker, the acting . . .

The acting was horrible. So much attention was put on the hams that the “real” people were so marginalized that anyone could play them—it would have been less expensive to use anyone looking for Actors’ Equity points. And the former cartoon characters didn’t quite seem to grasp just how far they were supposed to take their hamminess. This is particularly true of Ms. Adams, but I think the blame lies with the director. She doesn’t seem like Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty but rather an escapee from Girl, Interrupted who is careless with her lithium.

That is the review but here are the better points. It is a fluff piece that requires no thinking or engaging of any kind. It is a romance with just enough comedy for it to be a decent “date” or “cuddle” movie. It is very colorful and energetic, but not so exciting that it would interrupt the date or cuddle or whatever.

I can’t pan it outright for these last reasons, but I would not recommend that anyone watch it alone or looking for anything at all but total fluff.

Recommended:
No

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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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Pros: The whole concept is just brilliant!     Cons: I guess it's still just more of the same when all is said...     The Bottom Line: My vote for Best Disney Princess is probably Jasmine.     Would you like to know the big difference between your favorite Disney fairy tales and the real world? According to Enchanted, the big difference is the Disney characters are all a lot happier. The villains in the Disney movies are villains because …
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 . 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 . April 21, 2008
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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 …
review by . March 23, 2008
You can get a review of the actual film and plot from various sites so this is just focusing on the DVD release. 'Enchanted' is by far one of the best movies of last year and one of the best Disney films. It's almost like the many spoof movies out there taking on the stereotypes found in Disney movies with the twist of setting the main plot in the 'real' world, though the animated and real world often are competing, showing the differences between what we hold as reality and the idealistic values …
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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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