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Enchanted – Movie Review

February 22, 2008

enchanted1.jpgThe just released Enchanted (a couple of months late in India!) is a childrens movie, a delightful musical, and one that you can enjoy with children. This Disney movie has got 2-D animation and it’s got real-life, so you get both. You can read on as there are no spoilers.

The movie starts off in Andalasia, a land of cartoon characters. It’s a once upon a time story…once upon a time there lived a princess called Giselle (her voice is that of Amy Adams) who is looking for love and once upon a time there was a prince called Edward (voice is that of James Marsden) who is also looking for love…and well, they meet and fall in love. But there is an evil stepmother (played by the talented Susan Sarandon) who wants to separate them. Sort of brings to mind the umpteen fairy tales that we have read in our childhood doesn’t it, but then this is just the beginning, and what follows is not very typical of fairy tales!

The prince and the princess land up (now played by the flesh and blood actors) in the real world – New York of all places. More characters are introduced here. There is the New York lawyer Robert (played by Patrick Dempsey) who has a daughter, Morgan, (Rachel Covey). Little Morgan and Robert bump into the fairy tale characters and Morgan takes an instant liking to Giselle. It is through Morgan’s eyes that we see her and Giselle’s naivete doesn’t seem so outlandish after all. I need to stop telling the story here as it will give away the plot. What happens next is a bit unexpected, but no great surprise. You can guess where the movie is heading half way through.

There are plenty of animals in the movie, and one of them, a chipmunk, jumps the great divide, from animated land to the real world and becomes a real chipmunk. He is Giselle’s friend and ally. Giselle has the ability to attract animals in the real world too and we see her surrounded by a variety of city creatures like pigeons and even rats and cockroaches! That was a bit much…I’m not fond of watching cockroaches dancing and singing along with the heroine and found it difficult to watch this sequence.

The acting was okay. Amy Adams has this constant wide-eyed innocent look stamped on her face and this was probably what she was supposed to act like, but I found it a little irritating. I preferred Dempsey’s low key acting, although it was a bit flat. As for James Marsden, he was grinning and jumping around waving his sword most of the time…as comic in real life as in the cartoon world. Susan Sarandon as the evil step-mother was stunning.

Enchanted is not just a story…it pointedly tells us that fairy tales aren’t exactly dishing out the right ideas to our kids. That the happily-ever-after formula has its flaws.

The movie is well directed (by Kevin Lima), brilliantly edited, entertaining and great fun! It is also well made and a compact 1 hour 47 minutes. The music is good…I thoroughly enjoyed the song sequences. A really decent childrens movie…and yes, it’s got a happily-ever-after ending.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Raj permalink
    February 23, 2008 12:18 am

    Nita,

    Thanks for this review.I’ll try to watch this movie if possible.

    // The movie starts off in Andalasia, a land of cartoon characters //

    I love imaginary lands of cartoon characters,more so if the characters speak with a Spanish or a Latin American accent,but I wonder if that is the case with Andalasia . . .

    // But there is an evil stepmother //

    I hope they stop portraying stepmothers as evil.Not all stepparents are evil.Atleast some of them love their stepchildren as much as they would love their own children.

    // it pointedly tells us that fairy tales aren’t exactly dishing out the right ideas to our kids //

    I have a slightly different opinion.I think almost all fairy tales and other children’s stories have a deep meaning hidden in them if adults and children look for them (I am reminded about the Tales of Beedle the Bard).Infact,I tend to believe that fairy tales and other childrens’ stories contain all we want to know about life and death and they manage to explain them in a simple and entertaining manner.

    // I’m not fond of watching cockroaches dancing ………. //

    I agree with you.I know that cockroaches are living creatures and sturdy ones at that,and I do respect them for what they are,but for some reason or the other,I too,am not exactly fond of them . . .

  2. February 23, 2008 8:32 am

    Thanks Raj, I know you are not a movie buff, but now I know what your favourites are! :)

  3. February 25, 2008 2:50 am

    i absolutely love this movie! it’s a nice dose of cheesy and cheery, though some might say it’s terribly unrealistic. and man, are the songs infectious! i love all the songs.

    oh yeah, i was a little creeped out by the cockroaches when giselle was cleaning the apartment. urgh.

  4. Erin permalink
    June 5, 2008 3:12 pm

    loved the movie heaps and heaps

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