Friday, January 24, 2014

Enchanted (2007) [PG] ****

Enchanted is a modern-day retelling of Sleeping Beauty, done in animation (in fairy-tale Andalasia) and live-action (in New York City), filled with song, dance, music, bright costumes and sunshine – think Disney meets Bollywood. It has all the characters; lovely Princess Giselle (Amy Adams), handsome Prince Edward (James Marsden) and evil Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon).

On the day Giselle is to marry Edward in Andalasia, Narissa pushes her down a magic well, and she emerges from underground onto a New York City street, where she's rescued by Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey) a divorce attorney, and Robert's young daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey).

Morgan, like every young girl, would love to be a princess. She's fascinated by Giselle, whose goal is to be rescued by her prince, receive true love's kiss and then live happily ever after. The subject of sex is handled in delicate, PG-rated fashion, so we have dialog like this: Morgan: Boys only want one thing. Giselle: What's that? Morgan: I don't know. Nobody will tell me. The romance that develops between Robert and Giselle, as she waits for Edward to rescue her, is sweet and innocent, but there are moments when we wonder if Robert should be adopting Giselle rather than falling in love with her. Enchanted pays homage to several motion pictures, including Pretty WomanLady and the Tramp, King Kong and Ever After: A Cinderella Story, and it's fun to watch for the references. If you enjoy light-hearted entertainment, then you will really enjoy Enchanted. But, if you're mainly interested in watching the lovely and talented Amy Adams, then I highly recommend The Wedding Date and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Labels: adventure, comedy, family, fantasy, musical, romance     
Internet Movie Database     
Metacritic 75/100     
Tomatometer (critics=93, viewers=80)     

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