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Quite Enchanting

  • Apr 21, 2005
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"Ella Enchanted" is a fun film for all ages. There is enough adventure for older kids and a great little love story for soft hearts and young girls. My three year-old daughter has completely engulfed herself into anything princess these days, from the Disney Princesses to movies with damsels in distress, she loves it all. Of course, Ella has captured her heart for many reasons, she's funny, beautiful, independent, and sings and dances in this film.

Anne Hathaway is truly a beautiful sight to see onscreen. She has a simple look to her that isn't plagued by slutty costumes or too much makeup. Also, Hathaway seems to be cornering the market on young free-thinking do-gooders, which makes her a good role model for any young girl.

The film itself is fun to watch. It is definitely geared at a younger age group, but I find myself watching it with my daughter every time she asks to see it. There's music, comedy, dancing, and plenty of other things to keep anyone interested.

Lucy Punch is downright hilarious as Ella's evil stepsister, Hattie. Prince Char is played with dash and flair by Hugh Dancy. Even better is Cary Elwes as the devilishly funny uncle of Char who, as in every fairy tale, wants to eliminate the competition so that he can become king. The rest of the cast is wonderful, most notably Minnie Driver as a house fairy who lends her boyfriend(he's a book) to Ella so that she can find the well-meaning but mean-tempered fairy(Vivica A. Fox) who "enchanted" her by making her obedient to any and every command given to her.

There are bits and pieces of a ton of other fairy tales and films scattered throughout this story, but no so much that they are annoying. "Shrek" is represented best by the contemporary languge used in the film, a few musical numbers and the modern feel of the towns visited by Ella and her companions(they have escalors and a community college). Disney's adaptation of "Robin Hood" is here thanks to Elwes' talking snake. You can even see a remote "Matrix"-like reference in the big fight scene with ogres(though it seemed more like a nod to Princess Fiona's martial artistry in "Shrek").

Overall, a good film for the whole family. I don't recall any strong language, just a few adult inside jokes. One of my favorites is when Benny, Driver's bookish boyfriend, refers to an elf's dream of becoming a lawyer as "small claims court, no doubt."

Highly recommended to families with children twelve and under, or for anyone who wants to watch a fun film with nothing too offensive in its bag of tricks.

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Similar to SHREK and THE PRINCESS BRIDE, this fantasy adventure, based on a book by Gail Carson Levine, combines fairy tale with sly, 21st century pop humor. Teenage Ella (THE PRINCESS DIARIES' Anne Hathaway) lives in Frell, a magical place where humans, fairies, ogres, and other mythical folk peacefully coexist. However, when power-mad Prince Regent Edgar (Cary Elwes) passes laws that segregate humans from everyone else, Ella becomes determined to win equal rights for all. This task presents a challenge for anyone, but especially for Ella, who at birth was given the dubious gift of obedience by Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox), a fairy with an attitude. When she finds an ally, and love interest, in the almost-king Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy), she invokes the ire of her witchy stepsister Hattie (Lucy Punch), who has figured out that Ella must obey any command. Between avoiding her stepsister, trying to break the spell, and restoring justice to the kingdom, will Ella find time for true love? <br> <br> The talent...
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Director: Tommy O'Haver
Genre: Family
Release Date: April 9, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Michelle Wolff
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
Runtime: 1hr 41min
Studio: Miramax
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