Pros:extremely funny, very well done, great as a family film, Amy Adams is brilliant!
The Bottom Line: This was a very enjoyable film that was full of laughter and presented a story that would entertain the entire family.
Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.
Recommend this product?
The Walt Disney Company decided to take its cartoons to the next level, by combining the familiar story of Cinderella into a mix of animation and live-action comedy that is sure to appeal to all audiences. The story at the heart of Enchanted is a familiar one, but the way that they interpret, and better yet, present the story, is what gives this one its originality and truly a flair all its own. It starts out as an animated Disney film, where the animals can talk and the prince and princess are of course seeking out one another. That is where the trick to the story starts to take fashion, as the wicked witch of the area decides that rather than kill the fair princess, she sends her off to another world. That world is New York City, where the live-action part of the story starts to unfold.
The lead character is Giselle, who is as innocent as they come, completely embodying the typical princess that you would see in a Disney film, all the way down to her naivety that nothing can ever go wrong in her world. This belief in the happily ever after story is what will get her in a little trouble later on, but for now she is spending her time pining for the prince that is sure to come find her to win her over with loves first kiss. While the prince is on his quest, Giselle is sent to New York City by the evil Queen Narissa, and becomes a real woman in a world she doesnt quite understand. Here she is befriended by a pessimistic Robert Phillip, who tries to help her out, but often is confused by her upbeat demeanor and assuredness that her prince will come to find her one day. The movie depicts that quest to both fit into this new world, and prepare her for the day her prince Edward should arrive.
In what I thought to be a spectacularly charming role, Amy Adams takes on the role of Giselle, and completely owns the part from the first scene that she plays. It was an amazing job of casting, because her energy and sheer good-naturdness shine through in a role that she was born to play. Not only does she win over the hearts of the people in the story, but us in the audience as well, and does so in what will surely be a hallmark role for her career. You may remember Amy Adams as the wife of Will Farrell in Talladega Nights or as one of the girls in the romantic comedy The Wedding Date, but this is the role she will forever be known from this point on. Joining her in the cast is James Marsden (From X-Men and Hairspray) as Prince Edward, Patrick Dempsey as Robert Phillip, Susan Sarandon as the evil queen, and of course Julie Andrews as the narrator, just to name a few.
Seeing a Disney character try to survive in the real world, bringing with her the charm of her animated character, and combining that with the air of realism that New York City adds to any story was a stroke of pure genius on the parts of the producers and writers of Enchanted. The film still has all of the musical interludes that a typical Disney fair would have, and brings a lot of animals into integral parts as well, but does so in a really inventive way that makes this film stand up and shine. It isnt just geared towards a younger audience though, as it blends an enormous amount of humor into the story to keep everyone in the audience laughing the whole time. I found myself singing along to the catchy songs, and continuously laughing at a lot of scenes early on in the film that were just too funny for words. I ended up really enjoying the entire film, and have to say that Enchanted is a welcome edition into out collection, because it is truly what a family film should be like. This one gets a very high recommendation, and is surely one that I will enjoy watching again and again.
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