The film is the story of a girl named Giselle (Amy Adams) from the animated fairytale world of Andalasia. She then meets her true love, Prince Edward, and two are set to wed despite being together for only ONE DAY! The evil Queen Narissa then throws Giselle down a well that transports her to the bustling, live-action streets of New York City where she meets a single father named Robert who doesn't believe in "Happily Ever Afters". She then begins to charm and annoy people with her wacky, girly-girl, princess-like antics. Then Edward and Pip the Chipmunk from Andalasia drop in. Oh, pooh!
Enchanted lives up to its title with a sharp script, unforgettable performances, and charming animation sequences. The film is hilarious with many memorable and funny quotes. Especially from Amy Adams whose awkward charm is unforgettable. Adams' is just so memorable and has to be my favorite performance from her. She knows how to act like an animated princess in the live-action scenes. she is very charming and beautiful. I happen to have a little crush on her. Patrick Dempsey even knows how to react to the oddity she causes. James Marsden of X-Men fame is very good as the equally awkaward Prince Edward. I wasn't a big fan of his performance as Cyclops in X-Men but roles like this are the ones I like to see him in. Want to see me go on and on about how enjoyable he was in Hairspray? The supporting cast is terrific. Susan Sarandon and Timothy Spall were great. Every time I see a movie with a British powerhouse cast, Spall slithers his way into there. Harry Potter, The King's Speech, Alice in Wonderland, you get the picture.
Its about time I start a new paragraph. Also in the film is Jodi Benson, the voice is probably the hottest Disney Princess, Ariel. I saw a painting of her on sale at Comic-Con that made her look her more mysterious and lusty like Jessica Rabbit. Yummy! Anyways, this is probably the only time you'll ever see her in a live-action role. I find it funny because she also dumbfounded by Giselle and Edward even though se played a princess. That was another good supporting role in the film.
Disney collaborator, Alan Menken, writes some classic tunes for the film including one entitled, "Thats How You Know", which has already become a classic Disney song. I heard it at Disneyland and a Disney On Ice show. The scene is an instant classic with great lyrics and choreography. The other song, "True Love's Kiss", is very memorable. Menken's songs had just enough Cowbell to make Christopher Walken happy!
But what makes Enchanted enchanted are its numerous parodies and homages to many Disney films, mainly the ones with princesses. Here are a few of the many homages:
-An Italian restaurant called BELLA NOTTE is shown.
-Giselle cleans up a house with a whole bunch of critters.
-Giselle forgets her slipper!
-The BEAUTY AND THE BEAST theme is heard on a Soap Opera Edward watches.
So there you have it! All the stuff that make Enchanted a memorable film, a Disney classic, and one of my favorite films. Apart from my numerous DVD viewings, I saw it twice in the theater. The second time was the best because my family and I took a friend who just moved to the U.S. from Africa and it was her first moviegoing experience. Enchanted is just charming, classic, and most of all, ENCHANTED!
"Its like you just escaped from a Hallmark card or something."
It's really hard not to enjoy this film but it never seems to really address or credit the complexities of the theme it carries; real-life relationships vs the notion of idealized love and storybook romance. Instead it's sweep to the side as we're treated to one sing song to the next. Then, as if completely ignoring it's message it delivers an ending that just falls straight back into formula without so much as blinking.
But what the hell did I expect coming from a film that's clearly "Disney" at its core?
In the end, the songs and actors are so enthusiastic it's really hard to not enjoy this enthralling, often hilarious, romedy. It bleeds charm and personality, so much that this movie really comes together in a way that often transcends it's self-mocking nature.
The first half hour or so of the movie is excellent, culminating in the marvellous Happy Working Song sequence, the standout among the otherwise unremarkable musical numbers, a glorious spoof of Whistle While You Work from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in which Giselle calls upon the pests and vermin of New York City - presumably the only wildlife she can rustle up - to spring-clean an untidy apartment. Thereafter, instead of developing the burgeoning relationship between Giselle and the New York lawyer she is steadily falling for (Patrick Dempsey), the plot loses its way, shifting focus to the knockabout antics of Giselle's betrothed (James Marsden) and the wicked queen's stooge (Timothy Spall), both of whom have pursued her from Andalasia, the former to rescue her, the latter to kill her.
I didn't absolutely hate Patrick Dempsey as the romantic male lead but he should have been a lot more cynical at the start and a lot more charming at the finish; Timothy Spall looked a trifle uncomfortable, but having seen his Winston Churchill in The King's Speech, I'm reluctant to say he was miscast here; James Marsden was fine as Prince Edward, just the right blend of boyish enthusiasm, vanity, innocence and stupidity; as for Susan Sarandon's Queen Narissa, no sooner had she appeared on screen - well, in live-action form, at least - than she was morphing into a computer-generated dragon for the gratuitous effects-driven finale, which seemed a bit of a waste. As for that finale, it's a sad reflection of the cynical modern marketplace when the fairy tale's traditional, revivifying, love-conquers-all kiss is perceived as having lost its power over the audience. Nevertheless, this is still a good showcase for a hugely talented and versatile actress.
if anyone cares, the trailer here is not correct; it's for ella enchanted with anne hathaway *gag*