Movie Review: Enchanted

Mood: Spellbound

I took myself to see Enchanted on the weekend, and loved every minute of it.

A synopsis of the movie as follows:

A classic Disney animated fairy tale meets with the modern, live-action romantic comedy in Walt Disney Pictures’ ENCHANTED. Featuring an all-star cast, the film follows the beautiful princess Giselle (Amy Adams) as she is banished by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon) from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn’t operate on a "happily ever after" basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince (James Marsden) back home – she has to wonder: can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?

Amy Adams was, for want of a better word, enchanting. Amy played Princess Giselle with such earnest innocence that for the duration of the movie, I believed she was that fairy tale princess who had never been exposed to the harsh realities of today’s cynical and often ego-centric society. Her naïveté towards love and romance was endearing, and her effervescence and light-hearted treatment of the song-and-dance scenes made me bounce in my seat.

Patrick Dempsey was, well, dreamy. Patrick’s Robert was a single father trying to keep a level-head about him for the sake of his young daughter whilst balancing his job as a hard-nosed divorce lawyer. You could tell he was desperately trying to keep a straight face as Giselle sang and danced through Central Park, and his features soften considerably as Robert slowly began to believe Giselle’s story and fell in love with the fairy tale princess.

James Marsden was hilarious as he hammed it up at every opportunity. James’ Prince Edward was a loveable buffoon who for the most part appeared to love Giselle almost as much as he loved himself. Prince Edward made me laugh and laugh and laugh on his often clueless search for his true love Giselle, and laugh some more during their "first date" in New York.

I liked Susan Sarandon’s evil Queen Narissa, although I felt she was underused in the live action part of the movie. Queen Narissa was deliciously evil without scaring the younger audience into nightmares and therapy sessions.

The minor characters were terrific as well. Robert’s daughter Morgan (played by Rachel Covey) was simply gorgeous – her rapport with Giselle was palpable and made the audience warm to the relationship, even if Robert was very guarded at first. Robert’s girlfriend Nancy (played by Idina Menzel) was straight-laced enough to balance what could have been a saccharine overdose. And Queen Narissa’s infatuated servant Nathaniel and Giselle’s chipmunk friend were good little side-kicks who saved the day.

Rating:

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. And being a Disney movie, it was a no-brainer as to how the movie would end – happily ever after, of course! I had a smile on my face from start to finish. It was perfect escapism.

Not sure what I’ll be seeing over the Australia Day long weekend. Stay tuned for another review!

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