11/29/2007

Movie Review: Enchanted


Enchanted is a throwback movie made in the old Disney mold, but with contemporary sensibilities and humor. The premise of putting an eternally optimistic and kind princess-to-be in a harsh New York environment works very fine and, well, enchants.

Amy Adams plays Giselle, who is an amalgam of Ariel of The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Snow White. As she is to wed Prince Edward (played by James Marsden) of the animated kingdom of Andalasia, she is transported to the real world and is left with her fairy tale idealism and magic to survive and find her one true love. She encounters jaded lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and is acquainted with "real life." Robert, on the other hand, finds Giselle's naivete irresistible and learns more than a song and dance number.

Enchanted is a spoof in a way-- it tries to see if the good old fairy tale candor is still relevant in today's cruel world. Amy Adams pulls off the role "straight out of a Hallmark card," and Patrick Dempsey is just as effective, drawing a lot from hi McDreamy role in Grey's Anatomy.

If you are like me who grew up in the late 80's-early 90's, you will see how Enchanted draws a lot from the early and modern Disney classics and puts it in a very witty and self-deprecating fairy tale. Thankfully, the result is satisfying and hearkens you back to the "happily ever after" days.


Rating: 4.5/5

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