Reviewed by: Dymphna Meeds
Better than Average
Live Action, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
1 hr. 47 min.
Year of Release:
November 21, 2007 (wide)
“This fairytale princess is about to meet a real Prince Charming.”
Does true love exist, do dreams come true, does anyone live happily ever after, or does no relationship or marriage ever work out due to problems? These are frequently asked questions that humorous and touching “Enchanted” ponders.
In the beautiful land of Andalasia, Giselle (Amy Adams), exquisite young lady, lives in a woodland cottage with all her animal friends, including one close friend, Pip (Jeff Bennett and Kevin Lima), a chipmunk. Happily waiting for her true love’s first kiss, Giselle rejoices when Prince Edward (James Marsden) finds her, and they decide to be married the next day. However, Edward’s wicked step-mother Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) is not willing to be dethroned so easily. So dressing up as an old hag, the queen pushes Giselle down a magic well into a place where “happily-ever-afters” never happen—Manhattan, New York. Bewildered and perplexed, Giselle makes her way through a scary, dark world that will change her life forever. Will she ever be able to go back to her old life and marry her prince?
From an actress’s point of view, this film was superb. Amy Adams performed wonderfully, along with the rest of the cast. Yes, Adams’s and Marsden’s voices didn’t move you to tears, but they were good enough to make you smile. The transition from animated film to real people was done very gracefully, and the artwork was stunning. Even those who aren’t as crazy about singing and art will be attracted to this film’s humor and sweet, enjoyable story.
Giselle certainly did not fit in our world; she was much too helpful, kind, trusting, innocent, earnest, and sincere. At times, this was harmful to her, but, in reality, this took her much farther in life. In fact, Giselle is a lovely example for girls. In her innocence and love for others, I was reminded of how Jesus told us to be in this world, but not of it. That was exactly how she was. Giselle was in New York, but she certainly wasn’t FROM or OF New York. Even in the end, when she becomes wiser, she still is different than every other character. All girls are princesses of God, and this world is just as treacherous and alien to them as it was to Giselle. Yet, like Giselle, we should overcome the world and show God’s love to others.
Other wonderful characteristics of Giselle are her generosity, sympathy, genuine concern, and optimism. When given some money, Giselle immediately turns and hands it to someone else. In a New York park, Giselle sings and reaches out to touch all, even the tougher citizens, and tells them to show each other love. Almost always positive, Giselle is courteous and kind to everyone she meets, often telling them how lovely they are. She takes the time to see the best in every person. Nevertheless, Giselle is not afraid to show her feelings; she cries when sad and never tries to conceal it. Best of all, when Giselle meets a couple that are getting a divorce, she is forced to tears at the thought. Later, the couple decides to rethink their choice and stay together. The woman says, “Everybody has problems. Do we sacrifice all of the good times because of them?”
Giselle learns throughout the story the difference between infatuation and love that will last a life time. Robert (Patrick Dempsey) learns that although he is hurt, he will heal and that love is real.
Edward is willing to go through anything to save Giselle, and when she realizes that she doesn’t really love him, he is happy for her and for Robert. And although Robert doesn’t want to take care of Giselle in the beginning, by the end he is willing to die for her, and she for him.
Nathaniel (Timothy Spall), on the other hand, is able to see past his infatuation for Queen Narissa and look at who she really is. In doing so, he goes through a change of heart.
Robert won’t let Nancy (Idina Menzel) spend the night with him because he wants to be a good role model for his daughter.
Yes, this movie deals with magic, and it is all bad magic. Queen Narissa is the only one who uses it—for spells, to turn into a hag or dragon, etc. But it is not shown in anyway as reality. For one thing, it points out that no one in our world can do that, only people from Andalasia. Also, this magic is more like in “Snow White,” “Beauty and the Beast,” or other old Disney movies; it doesn’t seem real at all. But to little children, it should be explained how this is not true and wrong.
Queen Narissa has a very low cut dress, and Giselle does most of the time, too. Several times Giselle’s hoop skirt falls over her head and then the hoop finally comes off. In the background of the city is a poster for “Chicago” with a lady in a very low and short shirt. Morgan (Rachel Covey) tells Giselle that she shouldn’t put too much makeup on, because otherwise boys will get the wrong idea and that boys only want one thing (when Giselle asks what, Morgan responds that she doesn’t know). While looking for Giselle, Edward knocks on the door of a male biker, who looks at him suggestively (Edward leaves right away). Several people kiss. There is a naked statue in Robert’s office building.
The most awkward part of the movie is when Robert walks into the bathroom where Giselle is showering, but the birds cover her with a towel in time. Then she trips and lands on top of Robert, making Nancy very upset.
Troll snot lands on one character. Cockroaches and sewer rats clean the house. A bird eats a cockroach. Giselle almost swallows a live fish. A poodle and Pip go to the bathroom.
A troll chases and tries to eat Giselle. Giselle falls many times from great heights. Cars almost run over her. Prince Edward jumps on top of cars and stabs a bus with his sword. Different characters numerously threaten people (or chipmunks) with knives or swords. Bikers run over Edward and crash. Nathaniel sticks Pip on a hanger and tries to kill him many times. The dragon falls to her death. Robert and Giselle almost fall off a roof.
This movie might scare little kids, because of Queen Narissa.
Once “Oh my G**!” was said. There is a bar in one scene.
Overall, this movie was not only very enjoyable, but had some beautiful messages about marriage and life. Although I wouldn’t take young kids to the movie, it great for tweens and up! Overall, it was a wonderful movie.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor