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Enchanted

A 2007 movie directed by Kevin Lima.

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Enchanted

  • Dec 19, 2010
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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 a lot of things in this movie, including the acting, the story, the animation/live action combo (although they keep the two worlds separate entities), and the general message it sends: Princesses are fun and all, but they're not real, and you need to live in the real world. It's kind of sad that once Giselle loses that fairytale innocence, she'll never get it back. It's good not to be totally hardened, but you shouldn't just be living in a dreamworld with no grasp on reality.

First of all, the acting is great. Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey are both likeable and have a reasonable amount of chemistry, but I think who definitely stole the show was James Marsden as Prince Edward. Prince Edward is the stereotypical fairy tale prince, and James Marsden takes full advantage of that and makes Prince Edward easily the most fun character in the movie.

James Marsden is a good actor, and he is more famously known for playing it straight. When he was given a role that is meant to be played goofy like this one, I was unsure how he would handle it. Luckily, I could not have been more wrong, because he blew it completely out of the water and was by far the best actor in the movie (better than a seasoned actress like Susan Sarandon and two likeable young actors like Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey).

Secondly, it borrows from pretty much all the DP films while still being original and creative and not outrightly plagiarising them. Sure the poison apple thing was cutting it a bit close, but for the most part, the references are cleverly snuck in. Giselle herself is pretty much a combination of Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, and a little bit of Ariel (namely the redheadedness).

Lastly, Susan Sarandon is a great actress who rarely ever turns in a bad performance, and Enchanted is definitely not one of those bad performances. The look and feel of this villain, simply known as The Evil Queen (possibly by some other name, but I don't remember it), is simply great. She manages to be a combination of the evil stepmother, Maleficent, and The Evil Queen while still being original and not a cardboard cutout. I also like her CGI dragon sequence. But the best thing about her is definitely her costume. I loved all the costumes in this film, and hers is by far the best.

There are songs in this film, and they're pretty good, but they're not terribly memorable. That is, except for the main theme "True Love's Kiss", which is so catchy that I couldn't get it out of my head for days after first watching it. The other couple of songs are so non-memorable that I can't even remember their names. That should say enough.

If you haven't seen this movie, it's definitely worth a watch, whether you're male or female. It's easily Disney's smartes movie, with a princess anyway, and it's really underrated. Most definitely worth a rental.

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December 19, 2010
I bought this one for my little cuz when it first came out, great review.
 
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review by . December 20, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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 . October 24, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
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 . April 21, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
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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