Enchanted (directed by Kevin Lima) is a modern day fairytale that weaves comedy, song and dance and storybook fantasies together. The result is a delightful Disney movie that puts a spin on the classic ‘fairytale’ story.
The movie begins in Andalasia; an animated fairytale world full of merriment, song and adventure. Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is a young, Snow White-esque character that spends her days cleaning her house, singing with her animal friends and awaiting the day her prince charming will come and sweep her off of her feet. He arrives one day in the form of Prince Edward (James Marsden). They fall in love on a whim and plan to marry the next day.
Edward’s evil stepmother, Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon), however, wants the kingdom for herself and, in an attempt to get rid of her, pushes Giselle into a portal that leads to our world. She lands in New York City where she meets Robert Phillip (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey). Giselle must then choose between both worlds and along the way discovers what true love really is.
Amy Adams shines as the doe-eyed Giselle. Her innocence to the ’real’ world she has tumbled into is both charming and humorous. She transitions from a naïve fairytale princess who is perfectly fine with having her prince rescue her to a woman who ends up saving the day. Adams shows us that Disney princesses are not merely along for the ride and that each and every one of them are independent souls capable of shaping their own destinies.
Marsden keeps us laughing with his sheer obliviousness to almost everything that is going on around him. The fact that a chipmunk (voiced by Jeff Bennett and Kevin Lima) just may be smarter than the prince is equally humorous. The fairytale characters reactions to New York City are also laugh out loud. The scene where Prince Edwards has to slay the beast (a NYC bus!) is clever and helps the audience to understand how tough a transition it’s going to be for the animated characters. The thousands of Disney references are also fun to look for. Like discovering that Robert’s secretary voiced Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
Enchanted is a light-hearted comedy that the entire family will enjoy. It masterfully strings together humor and songs that results in pure entertainment. By the end it will have even the most cynical person singing along.