You may find this hard to believe, but Enchanted isn’t just another fairytale. Enchanted is innovative …
The last time Walt Disney studios made made a successful live action-cartoon hybrid was back in the late ’80s with Who framed Roger Rabbit. Different than ever before, this traditional animated movie is completely transformed into a human reality. This means: a classic Disney cartoon figure suddenly becomes a human of flesh and blood. Disney never tried it before, out of fear children who were watching the movie might lose interest.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
Enchanted is everything you can wish for in a feel-good movie. There’s singing and dancing like there’s no tomorrow! There’s tons of humor, both slapstick for children as well as subtle references to older Disney-movies for adults. In short, it’s a movie that knóws how to bring joy to people from all ages …
Enchanted tells the classic tale of a princess who falls in love with a handsome prince, until the evil witch defiles her plans. She puts a curse on the princess so the happy couple can no longer see each other anymore. In Enchanted this curse means: the witch pushes the princess in a deep, magical wishing well that’s connected to our reality … this being an American motion picture, so … New York.
Then Giselle (the princess) awakes only to find herself trapped inside a world that’s completely different from hers. There are no more talking animals nor big ugly trolls, gone is the beautiful fauna & flora of a thousand different colors! Her new world is grey and bleak. No one seems to be happy, and no one wants to talk to her. Also, everywhere she looks there are big metal machines driving by at a great speed. Giselle doesn’t understand any of it …
It doesn’t take long for the movie to start spinning around!
First the young dashing prince jumps in the deep well, followed by a squirrel named Pip. Then the scrimpy little sidekick of the witch decides to follow down the same path. And after that … well … you better watch the movie instead.
The power of Enchanted is hidden deep within the story.
It all starts as a common fairytale, but as soon as the main characters jump in the wishing well and pop up in the human world – they are doomed! They know nothing of our reality and it’s this particular discovery that makes Enchanted so much fun!
Add to that a naive yet ever-heartwarming princess plus the only guy in New York who wants to help her out – a down-to-earth lawyer whose life is all about work – and you have a colorful 7-course menu that’ll have you crave for more …
More than being just a classic Disney movie, the casting is beyond wonderful!
At the head of this festivity you’ll find none other but Amy Adams. To say this is her best work may be a little presumptuous, but the Italian-born actress nevertheless delivers a stellar performance that will make you happy, even if you just had a rough day. With her perfect, toothpaste-white smile she can overwhelm even the most melancholic doom-thinker.
Solely by her own accord Amy Adams lifts the raw reality of New York into a colorful pallet of child-like dance & songs. She plays the role like a kid in a candybar shop, and you cannot stop smiling for as long as it takes to watch the movie!
Just as important, though the acting of Amy Adams remains the ultimate attraction, is the performance of ‘Dr. McDreamy’ Patrick Dempsey.
Throughout the movie, he tries his best to keep everyone grounded – his own daughter included – but as soon as the little family comes in contact with the dreamy Giselle, it seems as if he becomes part of that same fantasy-bubble.
Dempsey plays his part very well, mainly because he succeeds in reminding us that this is a Disney movie in a human world. He isn’t so much negative as he is very pragmatic and a no-nonsense guy. In essence, he creates the perfect balance of criticism and murmur against the romantic frivolity of Disney-princess Giselle.
Furthermore, there’s also ex-X-men James Marsden as the prince. He too plays a part uncommon for his liking. He sings and dances as if he’s been on set of a musical all his life.
To add some real character, Timothy Spall doesn’t mind joining the party. He is – surprise, surprise! – the bumbling, inept right hand ally of the evil witch, a role which is not that very different from the one he used to play in the Harry Potter-saga.
Finally there’s the evil witch herself. This part is neatly filled out by long-time-no-see actress Susan Sarandon. The last time she did anything worthwhile is as far back as the ’90s when she won an Oscar in the movie Dead man walking. Since then she sort of vanished from the glitter and glamour of Hollywood …
Before we lock out, one special salute has to go to Julie Andrews – the classic Disney actress may never appear on-screen but she’s the sweet-honey voice that tells the fairytale, from beginning till end.
Oh, shoot, before I forget! If you ever wanted to see the face behind the beautiful voice in ‘Let it go’, the classic Disney-song of Frozen? Her name is Idina Menzel. The actress continues her Disney-career by playing a small yet vital part in Enchanted. This irony is: she’s probably the best singer of them all (as proven in the snow-white animated comedy) and yet she’s the only one who doesn’t get to sing a song … pity, no?
did you know?
When Edward is on top of the bus, the people riding on tour buses next to him laughing and pointing at him weren’t extras, but real tourists.
Give it to me short:
Enchanted is a movie that will keep you smiling hours after you’ve finished watching it!
It’s a child-like dream of a feel-good comedy. It’s a movie for both young and old, because it’s one big fat wink towards every single Disney-cartoon ever made! The cunning way in which the filmmakers stay away from every cliché, and choose to discover new horizons within the Disney-world is unprecedented.
Enchanted may last 100 minutes, but it’ll be gone in a flash – that’s how great this movie really is!
The main reason why this movie sets itself comfortably above most other Disney movies is due to its relentless entertainment and awe-inspiring use of colors. There’s happy-go-lucky singing and dancing all around. There’s crazy humor from beginning till end! And of course there’s the glamorous acting performance of Amy Adams who’s just as comfortable playing delightfully enchanted Disney-characters as gloomy-serious drama queens.
What an actress … and what a difference she sets in this movie!