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A 2007 movie directed by Kevin Lima.

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Nauseated by Enchanted

  • May 15, 2008
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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 English Patient.

Many people find fairy tales comforting, but I tend to find them nauseating. All this crud about “true love” and “happily ever after….” *Blech.* But I agreed to watch Enchanted because I’d been told that was an anti-fairy tale. “It’s different and modern,” people claimed. Even cynics were supposed to enjoy it.

Plus, Enchanted had been nominated for several Academy Awards, and McDreamy was in it! I am not ashamed to admit that I do enjoy Grey’s Anatomy.

Well, I’m sorry to say that I’m in the minority here. Enchanted has an average rating of five stars on Epinions. I give it a generous two.

To be fair, it’s not that the film was poorly made. I just hate the entire genre. It’s completely bland. The advertising campaign made it seem as if Enchanted would mock fairy tales, but it’s just another Disney movie—completely unrealistic and full of clich├ęs.

The plot of Enchanted is that (once upon a time) there’s this princess named Giselle (Amy Adams) who lives in an idyllic cartoon world where she frolics with animals and meets her true love, Prince Edward (James Marsden). But Prince Edward has an evil step-mother, Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon).* Queen Narissa will lose her power if her step-son gets married, so she banishes Giselle to Manhattan.

In New York, Giselle meets Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter, Morgan (Rachel Covey). Morgan is adorable and believes in fairy tales, but Robert is portrayed as overworked and cynical. But how cynical can you be if you invite a strange woman who appears to be mentally ill into your home? But this is a fairy tale, so kids are always right, and good always trumps evil. The whole thing is incredibly predictable.

The one bright spot in this movie is Amy Adams. She puts her all into the meager role of Giselle, and her singing and dancing are quite impressive. It’s a wonder that she can sing all the cheesy songs with a straight face, but she does it convincingly. The choreography and costumes in Enchanted are also strikingly elaborate.

But each song-and-dance sequence seems to last about 15 minutes! I was really bored and considered leaving the room to go read a book, but I didn’t want to be rude to my friends. With nary a plot and an unfunny script, director Kevin Lima relies on the musical numbers and slapstick humor. Enchanted’s signature song, “That’s How You Know,” made me think, “Wasn’t this same song in The Little Mermaid except it was better then?”

The special effects are also pretty terrible. I was surprised at how bad they were considering Disney’s gigantic budget.

The main problem with Enchanted, or course, is the plot—or lack thereof. It doesn’t add anything to the world of cinema. Believe me, you’ve seen and heard it all before. I didn’t care about any of the characters. They are all either boring, vapid, one-dimensional, or all three.

Calling it a waste of my time would be far too kind.

Up next in my movies-I-hated-but-everyone-else-liked series: No Country for Old Men.
* Republicans must have been thrilled with this casting choice. My redneck cousin calls Ms. Sarandon "that gun-hating b****!"


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8

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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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