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Enchanted

A 2007 movie directed by Kevin Lima.

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Let Your Children Dream Their Life Away They Are Only Small Once.

  • Apr 23, 2008
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+5
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 and birds, and they love to interact back with her talking with her and singing. She has this fixation on meeting her true love, a Prince that will take her away to her castle. She dreams of marrying Prince Edward played by (James Marsden). This prince is a very handsome, but clumsy and has a very strong ego, animated male. Giselle is being attacked by a troll who wants to eat her and he hears her calling and he wants to rescue her. Once they meet their eyes make contact, and she dreams of marrying him. They are about to be married but the evil step mother Queen Narissa (played by Susan Sarandon) does not want them to be married. So she hatches a plan and pushes Giselle into a magical well. At the bottom of the well is a magic portal.

As Giselle plunges to the bottom, and she goes through this portal which takes her to the real world and out of the animated part of the story. She appears in New York City, where she meets a gentleman, Robert Philip played by Patrick Dempsey. Robert takes her into his apartment thinking that she is crazy running around the streets of New York in a fancy dress that she is in. He notices right away that there is something special about Giselle. This is when he noticed that she cuts the drapes in his living room for a new dress. The drapes were hanging out the window, but there was an outline of a dress that was cut out. The story goes on as Giselle continues to do weird things, and Robert keeps on trying to save her. This is when Roberts fiancé played by Idina Menzel walks in on them, Giselle and Robert, and has a fit thinking that Robert was playing around on the side. Robert tried to soothe his fiancée. Even though he did not know that he is actually falling in love with Giselle. Each time they had a different interaction. They would grow closer together. Giselle on the other hand, continues to try and find her prince. Not knowing that the animated prince was still looking for her. They stumble on each other inside of Robert’s apartment.

Prince Edward and Giselle finally do meet and decide to go to the Kings ball. The wicked stepmother Queen Narissa, had sent a henchman Nathaniel played by Timothy Spall to try and get Giselle to bite into a poisoned apple. He did not have any luck so the wicked stepmother had to appear and do the job herself. She appeared as an old hag and tricks Gisele to bite in to the Apple. When she does, she takes a bite of it and collapses on the floor. This is when Prince Edward tries to revive her, and it does not work. So Robert tries to revive her, gives her a kiss, and this does wake her up. This is when Roberts fiancée and Prince Edward, figures out that they were actually meant for each other. That is when the big turn of events happens and Prince Edward go back to the animated land of the Andalasia, and Robert and Giselle stay in the real world and open up a boutique.

Characters
Amy Adams plays Giselle, she is not a princess but is always dreaming of a prince named Prince Edward to find her. Amy has a very light personality that makes her the perfect princess. Patrick Dempsey played Robert Philip, who is a divorce lawyer in New York City. James Marsden plays Prince Edward, who is they klutzy prince and has a very strong ego and is determined to find his princess. Susan Sarandon plays Queen Narissa, which is the evil villain in the whole story. Timothy Spall plays Nathaniel and is the henchman of Queen Narissa. Idina Menzel plays Roberts fiancé. There is a couple more people of interest and that is the narrator, which is Julie Andrews, this is directed by Kevin Lima, and produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld, and written by Bill Kelly. This was distributed by the Walt Disney studio motion pictures and released in November of 2007.

Casting
This movie starts out with the animation part. But then turns into the real world of New York City. There is actually only 13 minutes of animation to this whole movie, and ten minutes of it is in the first part of the movie. The rest is at the end of the movie, where they go back to the animated kingdom. Computer graphics and color is excellent and 3-D animation brings this all to life. It is amazing how they way able to run around New York City in those outfits that they had on. No one really seemed to notice they were dressed differently. You will also enjoy the music to songs are beautiful as they sang all throughout the movie.

Believable?
Whether or not this isbelievable is up to you and all the other people who watch it. I guess it really depends on your imagination. Sometimes dreams really do come true, that is when this story becomes believable. For the most part, I could believe the antics and stuff that went on in the real world. But as for the animation part well, I guess it depends on the person if they believe it or not. All I know is that I would not take my dreams away from my daughter, she fell in love with this movie as I am sure all other kids did. My wife and I watched this and also enjoyed it immensely. To see the look on my daughter’s face after watching this was worth the money to see it.

Rating
This movie was a rated between three and four stars by the film critics. It is not a very long movie only 107 minutes and is rated PG. There are several different groups and that this is put under such as animation, fantasy and science fiction, family, romantic, a musical, or even a comedy. Take your pick after you watch this. You could be the judge, but there is only a little bit of it that is animated.

Overall Conclusion
I would highly recommend you letting your children see this movie, plus it is also good for adults. Basically this is an all around good movie, with no nudity that I can think of, or bad language. It is very hard to be able to watch a movie that does not have any nudity or bad language in it. With this movie, you will not have to worry about it. I would give this movie five stars.

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8

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review by . December 19, 2010
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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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