Fritzi over at Movies Silently is hosting a blogathon that is everything fairy tale. I didn’t hesitate to jump in and review the fairy tale movie I have been wanting to watch for a while: Enchanted. Although it is not a direct adaptation of a specific fairy tale, it contains many of the basic notions of the classics. To read the other entries in this blogathon, head over to Movies Silently by clicking on the Fairy Tale Blogathon banner below. While you’re there, peruse Fritzi’s site a little bit to see someone who appreciates and celebrates silent era of film history.
Giselle (Amy Adams) is on her way to her wedding with Prince Edward (James Marsden) when his evil stepmother, Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon), transports her from the animated world of Andalasia to New York City in the live-action world. There, she meets Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter, Morgan (Rachel Convey). After spending some time together, Giselle and Robert begin to change each others view on true love.
Enchanted begins in an interesting place. Normally, it would be the end of the fairy tale, when the prince and princess get married. However, here that is just the beginning. It is a good way to get into the mindset of soon-to-be-princess Giselle. So when she gets into the “real world” and meets Robert, there is a clear change between her character in the beginning and her character at the end. Speaking of Giselle, I really like Amy Adams as Giselle. She clearly has a fun time with character and capturing Giselle’s storybook innocence. It is easy to tell this was a Disney movie because it had several tropes from classic Disney fairy tales, including, but not limited to, a poison apple, evil stepmother, and true love’s kiss.
This movie is a stepping stone to where Disney’s more recent movies have been going about the idea of true love. It looks like it will end not how you think, then Disney plays it safe and it ends exactly how you think it will. My favorite part about the film was how out-of-water the characters from Andalasia were in New York City, especially Prince Edward. I had a good time watching Prince Edward try to start singing in the middle of the park, only to get weird looks, exemplifying the difference between our world and theirs. Enchanted is an entertaining romp through a non-traditional Disney fairy tale that parodies the Disney classics.
Cast & Crew
Kevin Lima – Director
Bill Kelly – Writer
Alan Menken – Score Composer
Stephen Schwartz – Lyricist
Amy Adams – Giselle
Patrick Dempsey – Robert Philip
James Marsden – Prince Edward
Timothy Spall – Nathaniel
Idina Menzel – Nancy Tremaine
Rachel Covey – Morgan Philip
Susan Sarandon – Queen Narissa
Julie Andrews – Narrator (voice)
Jeff Bennett – Pip (voice in Andalasia)
Kevin Lima – Pip (voice in New York)
I don’t know what it is about this, but I love this movie! Amy Adams is amazing. Great pick.
Thanks Justine, it was pretty fun. This film does have a certain charm to it. I agree, I’m a huge fan of Amy Adams and she does not disappoint here.
Thanks so much for joining in! This has been a favorite girls night in movie for me. It’s just so cute and has the right blend of snark and whimsy. Thanks for the review 🙂
You’re welcome, Fritzi! Thank you for letting me participate. I have been wanting to watch this movie for a while and this blogathon was the perfect incentive. 🙂
Nice! I think a lot of that cuteness comes from Amy Adams’ Giselle. She is so innocent and adorable!
I thought I was going to REALLY dislike this, that it was going to be pure schmaltz. But I must admit it was a lot better than I expected, I liked the way they switched it up and had the princess married at the start, which is usually the sole aim of most fairy tales!
Really? Well I’m glad you liked it in the end. Sometimes those end up being some of the best movies. I agree, that starting with the wedding was an interesting place to begin the film. It really sets up Giselle’s character.
Great review! This is such a fun, entertaining movie to watch, and I liked the way it gently poked fun at other Disney films.
Thanks! Me too! It was a fun way to show how the Disney has changed since their earlier fairy tale movies.
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This looks like SO MUCH FUN! Can’t believe I haven’t seen it. Thanks for including this in the blogathon. 🙂
It is! You need to change that immediately! It’s been my pleasure. 🙂
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This was a fun movie. My daughter enjoyed it very much. I think this was the first time I saw Amy Adams. What a talent. The reactions of the characters to New York were a lot of fun. And the scene where the creatures helped her clean the apartment. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
I agree, I almost always enjoy a movie that stars Amy Adams. The cleaning scene was one of my favorites of the film. You’re welcome, I’m glad I could share with all of you. Thanks for stopping by, Joe!
Really liked this movie. I never fail to laugh while they’re dancing and singing in the middle of central park. Glad you liked it
Me neither. That’s one of my favorite scenes and ‘how does she know’ is probably my favorite song from the movie. Thanks, I’m glad you like it too.
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