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We have many Disney films in our collection of DVD's but one that both my son and I adore is probably one of the lesser well known films and was released in 2007. The film is called Enchanted and this is my review of the film.
The DVD case shows a picture of some of the main characters in the film and we are told that this film is rated a PG. I see no reason why I wouldn't let a young child watch it, unless they were likely to be scared by Narissa the evil queen in the film but I don't think she is any more scary that the likes of those in Sleeping Beauty or Snow White. We are told that this is a "new Disney classic with a twist" and I think that it is a very fair summary of the movie actually because this film features both real life actors acting the parts of characters and animation too so it is quite different from other things that I have seen before.
The film begins with animation and Enchanted tells us the story of the hopeless romantic Giselle who is wholesome, beautiful and just waiting for her one true love to find her. One day Prince Edward hears her singing and realises that this is the girl he has been waiting to marry...his one true love. They agree to be married the very next day but Edwards step mother the evil Queen Narissa doesn't want anyone stealing her crown and so she changes herself in to a frail old woman who on their wedding day manages to stall Giselle and then trick her in to falling in to a portal which not only transports her to New York City but it also turns her in to a real life, human character too. Can Giselle cope in this unfamiliar and harsh at times city? Will her true love Edward manage to find her? Will he still be her true love through all of her new experiences? There are lots of questions to be answered and Enchanted certainly does a really good job of taking us through the journey with Giselle!
Animated Giselle is a typical Disney beauty. She has animals all around her who talk to her and help her out with all kinds of chores. In real life Giselle is played by Amy Adams who is wonderfully suited to the part in my opinion. I love how when she arrives in New York she is wearing her gigantic wedding dress which she can barely walk around in and how out of place she looks yet still the people of New York wander by her taking little notice. It does a good job of portraying the city as somewhere distant and unfriendly as far as Giselle can see. Giselle does meet a man named Robert, played by Patrick Dempsey, and his little girl who is obsessed with Princesses and as such they take her in for the night showing some real kindess. In the end Giselle ends up staying with Robert and his daughter and she learns a lot from them about the real world but she also teaches Robert a lot about innocence and love I think as he is quite cold towards love as a divorce attorney!
When Prince Edward also jumps through the portal to rescue his one true love there are some real comedy moments! He almost battles some street workers and stabs his sword through a bus roof causing the cross lady bus driver to really tell him off. Giselles best friend Pip the chipmunk accompanies Edward and realises he cannot talk in New York like he can at home and his animated features as he tries to communicate with Edward are brilliant....especially as Edward can never understand what he is saying!
The evil Queen Narissa is played by Susan Sarandon in the real life part of the movie and I think she is great at playing the grand sorceress personally. She is a bit scary looking I guess but not so much as it would put a child off watching in my opinion.
I love the way that this story develops. I love Giselles innocent view on the world and whilst I do know this is a Disney movie it is always nice to see someone see the good in people and just put such focus on love and happiness in an innocent way. I like the way that she influences Robert to see some of these things too and it is nice seeing them grow closer. Towards the end of the film there is a key moment where her true love must step forward and save the day and as you watch you are wondering who it is going to be. Being Disney there is a happy ending for all who deserve it though which gives you the feel good factor!
There is plenty of singing in this film just like with other Disney films like Beauty and the Beast for example. I really enjoy the songs in this film and there is a mix of songs in animation as well as in real life but they are grand and well produced no matter when they appear in the film. Much of the songs focus on love and how will I know he loves me, or how will I know I've found him and such like but they are catchy, fun and well sung. They are definitely part of the reason that both my son and I love this film. I do think though that singing aside this film is very well acted. It is over the top in parts because it should be that way with Giselle finding her way and it is so fun to watch. It keeps our attention no matter how many times we have seen it.
The film runs for approximately 103 minutes and this seems to fly by really. The story is sweet and entertaining and the songs keep it really mixed up as well. I do really recommend that you give this film a watch if you haven't. It is a fun family film and one we will continue to enjoy I am sure. It costs just £4.00 from amazon and it is well worth the price!
Thank you for reading my review!
Enchanted shows Disney in a whole new light with a modern and exciting twist on the ever loved, classic fairy-tale by bringing in to life. Being Disney obsessed I bought this straight away when it came out on DVD and it's one of my feel-good movies as it puts me in a good mood instantly, the film combines animation and real life to create an fun and exhilarating movie filled with humour and thrill.
The film starts off in the animated world of Andalasia which is very much a Disney, all singing all dancing land. Princess-to-be Giselle is living a fairy tale until she's banished by the evil Queen and thrust into modern day Manhattan where 'happily ever after' doesn't exist. Giselle is amongst chaos and befriends a pessimistic divorce lawyer with a six year old daughter who is the only one who believes that Giselle is really a princess. Giselle charms and captivates all around her with music and enchantment and begins a journey to find true loves kiss.
The film has some clever and brilliant casting with Julie Andrews playing the part of the story narrator. Giselle is played by bubbly and sweet Amy Adams who brings her character to life with her voice, movements and facial expressions. Other great acting comes from Idina Menzel, James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey amongst others.
Sound and Visual
There are loads of good-feel musical songs in this film which give it its bubbly nature. It's very musical orientated with random bursting out into song which in modern day New York is surreal and gives the film its edge.
The animation at the start and end of the film is what you would expect from a Disney film and is bright and bold. The film then goes into real life with the presence of yellow cabs, skyscrapers and men in suits but the twist in this film is that the animated characters come to life by entering the real world; their costumes are just as bold and eccentric as they are in the animated world and really contrast with real life Manhattan.
I've seen this film for around about the £5 mark in supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda recently. At the time of writing this review the price on Amazon is £4 brand new or used from 99p.
The film combines features from lots of Disney films such as the apple and animals from snow-white, the prince from Sleeping Beauty and the happy ever after from all Disney princess films. It has a villain in the shape of the evil queen, the princess in the form of Giselle and the Prince but also features modern twists such as the love triangle between Giselle, Prince Edward and Robert. Also as Robert is divorced and cynical it provides a contrast to the 'happy ever after' world that Giselle is from.
Although this isn't your typical Disney film I really enjoyed it; it's fun, bubbly and eccentric and really is a good-feel film. This is a film that both children and adults can enjoy and relate to as it's got typical fairy tale features as well as well thought out humour and modern aspects. It's a musical comedy that will definitely enchant you.
Classification -: PG (Contains mild scary scenes and innuendo)
Running time - Approx 103 Minutes
Subtitiles - English/English for the hearing impaired/Swedish/Norwegian/Danish/Finnish/Icelandic/Hindi/Arabic
Bonus features include - Deleted scenes, Bloopers, Fantasy comes to life.
When Enchanted was released in the cinemas back in 2007 I tried to get my other half to come with me to the cinema to watch it with me. As a child I loved the Disney films, an obsession that still gets me going back to the cinemas even now at 30! I couldn't convince him to come with me so decided to take along my sister (also a fellow Disney fan). We had both seen the trailers showing a young princess crossing over from the animated land to Manhattan and the film looked like it had a strong casting and storyline. Personally I was hoping for the majority of the film to be set in the animated land as this was the type of Disney film I prefer.
The by-line for 'Enchanted' is "The real world and the animated world collide". The movie poster showed the menacing face of Queen Narissa, and an image of Gisele, Prince Edward and Robert underneath in their 'real life' characters. I think by making the movie poster show the 'real' characters instead of the animated ones if shows that the majority of the film will be in the 'real world'. This image is also used as the front cover image on the DVD release. On the back of the DVD case we are shown the cast, running time and a brief summary of the plot.
I do not like to give too much away in my reviews of films etc as I think this can spoil the film, so I will just give a brief summary and some insights. The films revolves around Princess Giselle who we see first as her animated character doing what countless Disney princesses before her have done - have woodland friends, sing and dream of her Prince Charming and 'True Loves Kiss'. Along comes the dashing Prince Edward who is there to sweep her off her feet and 'finish her duet' (a song they sing together).
As in true Fairytale and Disney tradition they plan to marry the very next day, and in a Cinderella style Giselle rushes to the castle with the aid of her woodland friends. However, worried that Giselle will take her place, Prince Edward's mother Queen Narissa decides to thwart the lover's plans and disguised as an old hag she lures Giselle to make a wish over the well/waterfall for her wedding. As Giselle leans over the Narissa pushes her down the well. Unbeknownst to Giselle the Well is a port to the real world and leaves in the Manhattan. Unsure of how to cope, Giselle wanders New York looking for help.
A young girl called Morgan travelling home with her father Robert see's Giselle upset and convinces her father to help her. The story then continues form there with Giselle unknowingly going through the real world and realising it is nothing like her world, chaos follows with Morgan and Roberts's life turning upside down while Prince Edward soon comes to rescue his princess from the hell of Manhattan.
I think the casting in this film is really what makes the movie what it is. The strong characters have chemistry and you can almost see the sparks. Amy Adams and James Mars den's singing voices are great, and their characters so innocent and lovable. Patrick Dempsey's Robert is also a wonderful addition and he carries the part as well as everyone else. The characters of Nathaniel and Narissa played by Timothy Spall and Susan Sarandon are also excellent and their performances as the 'baddies' of the film are believable
Amy Adam - Giselle
Patrick Dempsey - Robert
James Marsden - Prince Edward
Timothy Spall - Nathaniel
Idina Menzel - Nancy
Rachel Covey - Morgan
Susan Sarandon - Queen Narissa
Julie Andrews - Narrator
I really do love this film, Disney has taken the traditional princess fairytales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and gives it a twist in this film. For instance you have Giselle being dressed for her wedding with the aid of animals exactly like Cinderella, and then Narissa is very like Malificent in Sleeping Beauty. There are lots of little hints at the older Disney films. It is a strong film, with a good storyline, music score and cast. My personal favourite character is Morgan who is such a lovely little character and brought to life in a lovable way by Rachel Covey. Disney has put enough comedy in for adults as well as plenty for the children and is a wonderful family film!
If you like the old Disney Princess films then you will love this!
So what happens when you mix a cartoon with real life, with sleeping beauty, with cinderella, with god knows what else!? Enchanted obviously. This film is... so random! It works though because, well although you have the typical damsel in distress type thing - I would still happily say that this film is completely new and different. I loved this film and surprisingly enough so did a few male friends who I know!
So there's the typical story line - there's a girl who becomes a damsel in distress who's rescued by prince charming and they're to be happily married! Things don't go to plan because of the wicked witch and Gizelle gets pushed into reality - LITERALLY - and then she gets rescued by another bloke who isn't quite prince charming but he is widowed and they fall in love even though he has a fiancé already. Now here's what makes it different! Gizelle is adament that she wants prince charming but fancies the pants off this new guy even though she ruins his curtains! She is about to go back to her normal world but instead she gets with the new guy and the prince charmings gets with the new guy's fiancé. Overall, confusing, but worth watching and it's funny - but that could be just me being blonde and female! So the characters are different and some of them are animated and even though everything is unrealistic it seems so funny and the way in which other characters react to the actions makes this so believable! Even though you do realise this could never actually really happen. The acting is good and to be honest I did love this film because of the acting as well as the cartoon - I'm just a big kid really.
The special effects are ok, they weren't really going to the realistic approach like Steven did with Jurassic Park but they wanted the film to be funny and a split between the two. Although, they did have a Squirrel in the form of CGI which actually worked quite well for this film and this actually reminded me of the film chipmunks... only this is a squirrel! Compared to other films, this is definitely different and refreshing. Yes they've took the typical story line for a happily ever after and put a twist to it but this makes the film a lot more realistic compared to the rest. I mean, how often do you get rescued and married the next day? You don't you usually spend some time with them because you get hitched and the whole idea about Gizelle being pushed down the well at the begining - being pushed into reality - fits the story very well.
I'd say the soundtrack could have been a little better but for this film it was best as it was - they made some of their own songs for this film but maybe the songs were a little too cliché. Well that's what I thought anyway! I do love disney films and unfortunately... I don't know who the director is for this film and I can't compare to their other work... But I would definitely watch some of their other films if they're different like this. I'd definitely let my son watch this film - although I'd hide my shoes and make-up from him. This is definitely good value for money, might be a tad high at first but if you have a little girl who really wants to watch it - LET THEM! It might give her the impression that life isn't exactly like a happily ever after.
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Giselle Amy Adams
Robert Philip Patrick Dempsey
Prince Edward James Marsden
Nathaniel Timothy Spall
Morgan Philip Rachel Covey
Queen Narissa Susan Sarandon
Run time 98 minutes (just over one and a half hours)
In the land of Andalasia an evil queen rules the land. She does everything in her power to prevent her step-son prince Edward from failing in love with Gisele who he falls in love with. They do meet despite his step mothers actions. They are to be married at his castle when his step mother decides that she cannot let the wedding happen and so pushes her down a well which takes her to the 'real' world in NYC. After being spotted by a young girl Morgan, and her father Robert, she is taken to their home and she tries to explain she is trying to get home to Andalasia which no one has heard of. A series of events lead to her getting to know the young girl and her father before her true love comes to rescue her.
The film opens as an animation and the Walt Disney title is the old version seen in the old Disney animations. There are references to other Walt Disney fairytales such as Sleeping Beauty as the film opens with a book and Gisele and Cinderella with the talking animals acting as Gisele's friends. There is also reference to snow white as the step mother takes a disguise and pretends to be an old witch but she doesn't give her a poisoned apple, instead she is pushed down a well. Later poisoned apples, 12 o'clock deadline (Cinderella)and a kiss to wake the princess (sleeping beauty) are used.
The animation is like the old Disney films and it is very distinctive as it isn't like the pixar animations. I was apprehensive about the animation as the film began with it and I was hoping that there would not be very much of it. Thankfully only about 10% of the film is animation.
There is a lot of action with swords and fighting. It was lightweight action, there aren't any car chases or guns going off every second. It kind of a fun type of action, something that the characters have to overcome. There is a lot of action in the end with some at the beginning.
The movie is also very funny. The talking chipmunk, who later becomes mute when he enters the real world provides many laughs. Then there is Prince Edward who seems to be very dim but this is partly due to the fact the real world is new to him. Nathanial plays a kind of royal jester role but he is being laughed at rather than people laughing at his humour. Gisele is a very innocent character and this makes her very funny as she doesn't seem to understand how things work. There is a scene where she summons birds, rodents and flies to help her clean Roberts apartment.
Robert is a hardened character who has become distant and cold due to his wife leaving him and his daughter. Gisele on the other hand does not think of or has experienced bad things as she firmly believes in happily ever after. It is good to see how such opposite characters change and influence each other's choices. Robert is played by the handsome Dempsey who plays his character well but I would have liked him to have been a little bitter about relationships and love but overall it was a solid and convincing performance from him. I think that he was well casted because he looks very much like a Prince Charming because of his facial features and hair. Adams plays Gisele extremely well. Her body language and tone of voice at the beginning was very fairly tale like and also the innocence was well played. I think that her casting was excellent and it is one of the reasons that I wanted to watch the film. Morgan is a sweet girl who has never really had a mother in her life and Gisele seems to be someone who she admires and looks up to. She isn't heavily scripted in to the film but she makes appropriate and numerous appearances.
Prince Edward was a very annoying character from the beginning and slightly less towards the end. I think it was partly his costume which I thought was outrageous even for a fairly tale but also because he seemed very smug all the time and very sure of himself. He was portrayed as a dim buffoon but a very sweet one. Marsden plays the Prince and I think he was well cast because of his chiselled features and general appearance he looked like Prince Charming. His acting was good and he portrayed the character as a very typical handsome, dashing prince that comes to the rescue. His step mother played a very classical role as the evil stepmother which was played superbly by Sarandon. She has captured all the right emotions and actions of an evil step mother trying to protect her throne.
There is no bad language or nudity so is a perfect family film. There is only a very mild amount of violence but it is child friendly. So, overall I think that this is a great family film that the children and adults alike will enjoy. I would highly recommend it.
I'm actually rather disappointed that Dooyoo has listed Enchanted as a Children's DVD... I've been trying to justify my love of this film for two years now, and the closest explanation I got, while my mother was ticking me off for my 25 year Disney Princess obsession, was that it was actually an adults fairytale, but they had to keep some bits in for the kiddies. She didn't fall for that line, either.
Now, I'm the kind of adult that gets ridiculously excited about so-called Children's Films... My obsession for The Nightmare Before Christmas has been inherited by my son, and everyone that knows me knows that I shrieked with joy the moment I found out Disney were making Rapunzel into a movie. Now, Enchanted? I'd been a tiny bit dubious about.
Disney have been, in my eyes, hit and miss with their animation since after Pocahontas. The exception goes to the Pixar films, but then, I often find they are a bit samey-samey... And as for their live-action films?Yes, they've had some successes, mainly Pirates Of The Caribbean, but too often, I find myself just craving a good, old fashioned, Disney Princess film.
So, one fateful night, in 2008, I found myself daring to try Enchanted.
The film starts with an animated Giselle (Amy Adams)... No, she's not a Princess, yet... With her large blue eyes, and long, red hair, something about her bears a strong resemblance to Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Anyway, in true Sleeping Beauty fashion, she's recently been dreaming of the Prince, the man of her dreams. And, whilst telling her friends (yes, they're furry... Disney Princesses aren't allowed human friends, unless they're waist high, with beards or wings...) about this wonderful man, she bursts into song about how she's waiting for her "True Love's Kiss"
Meanwhile, in an act of paranoid narcissism, Queen Narissa (Susan Surandon) has assigned her henchman, Nathaniel, (Timothy Spalding) the task of making sure her step-son does not fall in love, get married and then make his new wife Queen of Andulasia. So, Nathaniel takes her step-son, Prince Edward (James Marsden) troll hunting. I mean, obviously, he's not going to meet the love of his life there, is he?
Well, incidentally, he does. After he rescues her from a troll. When I say "rescues", I mean he's on his horse, underneath the tree she falls out of, and she lands in his arms... but hey. Let's not be technical here. So, after a quick exchange of names, they agree to get married... The next day, of course!
Now, I've never been married, but I suspect it'd usually take more than one evening to choose (or in Giselle's case, make) a wedding dress. But somehow, the next morning, Giselle turns up at the castle, ready to become Mrs Prince Edward.
But, if things were going to hapen that easily, we wouldn't have much of a film now, would we? On her way to the Church, Giselle is stopped by an old hag, who offers her a wedding wish. Now, for those well educated in the School of Disney Princesses, you'll know that these hags are bad news. Usually jealous step-mothers, in need of an inconspicuous disguise, these hags are there to remind us that step-mothers are evil... wait, no... Ugly people are evil... No. Still not right... Oh yeah. These evil hags are supposed to remind us that being evil is an ugly business. And that you shouldn't go off killing your step-daugher, or your step-son's future wife... Anyway, Giselle decides to take the offer of a wedding wish, and before she knows it, she's falling down a well, and somehow landed in the sewers of New York... Well, there's THAT wedding dress ruined...
It's not long, however, before the (live action) Giselle meets the gorgeous Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter, Morgan. (Rachel Covey) But, as Robert strugles to understand Giselle's strange ways, and Morgan believes that Giselle really IS a Princess, can they get Giselle back to Andulasia? Or is she trapped in New York, "A place where there ARE no happy endings", forever?
The great thing about this film is that Disney have finally decided NOT to take themselves too seriously. They take every single Disney Princess stereotype and work it into Giselle. Now, normally, it'd be annoying. Nut somehow, in Enchanted, it works. Amy Adams plays the ditsy, hopeless romantic beautifully, with even her facial expressions resembling those of a genuinely confused Disney Princess. Or an escapee from a mental health ward. Instead of adapting to life in New York immediately, Disney have considered the problems that Giselle really would face...
James Marsden plays Edward perfectly, not only as a confused Prince, but also as the fearless hero, who would willingly take on the ever so deadly, ever so scary... local bus? His chemistry with Timothy Spalding makes for a great comedy pairing, although you do wonder quite how stupid Prince Edward really is...
Now, I feel guilty for crushing ever so slightly on Patrick Dempsey. Only a matter of weeks ago, I found out that he's old enough to be my father... But he is, in this film, adorable as the cynic, who doesn't believe in Happily Ever Afters, but more so in, if you're going to marry someone, you have to be damn sensible about it. You feel sorry for his long suffering girlfriend, Nancy (Idina Menzel - who reminds me ever so slightly of Penelope Cruz) who is obviously hoping for the day that Robert turns into Prince Charming.
As seems to be standard with most Disney DVD's, Enchanted has a number of bonus features, and hosts Disney's fast play feature. But what fun is a DVD without the bonus (or as I call them, "Geek") features?
On Enchanted, in addition to the main film, you'll find...
#Deleted Scenes. Now, sometimes, you get scenes that don 't make it into the main movie for whatever reason. The majority of scenes that are shown in the deleted scenes didn't make it in as they either dragged out the introduction, or just didn't fit in quite right. This is one of the rare films where I agree that every single final scene worked better without any of the deleted scenes.
#Blooper Reel. Ah, what DVD isn't complete without a blooper reel? It's there, reinforcing the fact that hell, even world class actors screw up on their lines sometimes! But, alas... I've yet to find a blooper reel that outshines the one on the end credits of Toy Story 2...
#Carrie Underwood music video. Well, does what it says on the tin... Features a cartoonized Carrie, jumping down the well into which Giselle is pushed, and being "stalked" aroundNew York by her own Prince Charming.
#"Making Of" featurette. This featurette tells you how various scenes were achieved throughout the movie, including the climax of the film, and various other effects.
#Pip's Pop-Up Adventure. I thought this was a brilliant idea. It shows us what happened to Prince Edward while Giselle was pushed down the well, and how Pip told him what happened... All I'm going to say is, it was an Enchanting idea...
Well, credits where credit is due... and it takes more than a few actors to make a film work... So here goes!
Director ~ Kevin Lima
Written by ~ Bill Kelly
Produced by ~ Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld
Director of Photography ~ Don Burgess ASC
Edited by ~ Stephen A. Rotter and Gregory Perler
Giselle ~ Amy Adams
Edward ~ James Marsden
Robert ~ Patrick Dempsey
Queen Narissa ~ Susan Surandon
Nathaniel ~ Timothy Spalding
Nancy ~ Idina Menzel
Morgan ~ Rachel Covey.
Kim's Last Word
Don't be put off by this being a children's film. This is one of those Disney films that you KNOW people are still going to be watching in years to come, so, it's worth watching! It's made it's way onto my list of favourite ever films, and judging by my son's reaction, it's one of his favourites too!
If Amy Adams ever runs of movies to star in, she could always get a career as a Princess in Disneyland. I honestly cannot imagine any other actress juggling the role of Giselle as she did in the film- and that's not to mention how she had to act like a real fairy-tale, animated princess. Enchanted was according to me, a very fresh outlook on the whole concept of Prince Charming and Disney's version of true love. What I loved both about this film was (obviously) the highly original blend of the animated with the non-animated, transforming this into a film that both children and adults alike can enjoy. The songs and music scattered all through the film definitely made it a true delight to watch.
Giselle lives in the animated world of Andalasia. In true animated fashion, her life is blissful and tranquil with her animal friends helping her and spending time with her. Giselle dreams of true love and when she meets Prince Edward, it is love at first sight. True to the fairy-tale spirit, they decided to get married the following day. But Edward's evil stepmother has other plans for Giselle; she transforms in an old hag and banishes Giselle to the non-animated world. Lost and confused in the midst of this world full of disenchanted, hurrying and somewhat mean people, Giselle meets Philip and his daughter Morgan. Philip decides to help her while she waits for her Prince to come...
Amy Adams, like I mentioned, was simply amazing. She came very, very close to overshadowing her two co-stars. I have no idea how, but she somehow managed to depict the traditional Disney princess to perfection, her innocence and naïveté were constantly reflected through her body language and facial expressions. She even came across as being more naïve and innocent than the six year old girl (Morgan) in the film. Amy Adams was outstanding to the extent that she genuinely came across as an outsider in our real world and her animated personality came across extremely strongly. In the extras, the director of the film describes Giselle as being a blend of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Ariel- and I'm just bowled over by how accurately Amy Adams managed to depict a little bit of each of the Disney Characters mentioned above. Moreover, there was plenty-and I mean plenty- of sizzling on-screen chemistry between the actress and Patrick Dempsey (who played Robert Philip). This was really in line with the plot.
Both Dempsey and James Marsden (as Prince Edward) delivered just as flawless performances. Dempsey depicted an average, modern day man, but Marsden had to depict an Animated-turned-Non-animated Prince who left the animated kingdom to come and rescue his Princess in the real world. His performance was quite simply stunning and while he did provide some laughs, he also stood in stark contrast to Dempsey and that was quite an interesting touch to the plot as a whole.
The songs in the film were really in line with the overall essence and spirit of the movie. Like the theme itself, the songs reflected both an animated and non-animated feel and they were so fun, romantic and full of feel-good factor that I often caught myself singing along- something that I never, ever do while watching a movie.
Amy Adams as Giselle
Patrick Dempsey as Robert Philip
James Marsden as Prince Edward
Timothy Spall as Nathaniel
Idna Menzel as Nancy Tremaine
Rachel Covey as Morgan
Susan Sarandon as Queen Narissa
Jeff Glen Bennett and Kevin Lima as Pip
While all the extras were really interesting and packed full of information, I thoroughly recommend my favorite- the Making of. It was extremely, extremely interesting to watch this bit. They show you how the special effects in the film were carried out: For example, there is one song/dance sequence involving mice and pigeons helping Giselle in cleaning the apartment and this particular extra show you how this was filmed. It really was highly informative and entertaining to watch, do give the Making Of bit a try even if you don't have time to sit through the other extras.
Overall, I very, very, very highly recommend this film. This is, according to me, truly magical in the manner that it blends the animated with the non-animated. The acting was literally flawless, the plot flows nicely and the songs were really fantastic. Do give this one a try!
~Thanks for reading~
Running time: 92 minutes
Director: Kevin Lima
Country: United States
Amy Adams as Giselle
Patrick Dempsey as Robert Philip
James Marsden as Prince Edward
Timothy Spall as Nathaniel
Idina Menzel as Nancy Tremaine
Rachel Covey as Morgan Philip
The story is about a girl named Giselle who lives in a fairytale world and is looking for the prince in her dreams. She lives in a small cottage in the forest with all her animal friends who help her cleaning while they sing together. Her dream prince is a actual prince and he's also looking for her, while he never even met her. When they do meet each other it's love on first sight and they want to get married the next day! They go to the mother of the prince, only she's not happy, because she's afraid that her son will take the crone of her when he gets married. On the day of the wedding the mother lures Giselle into a trap what causes Giselle to end up in the real world! She 'lands' at Times Square in New York and is totally helpless. She wonders around alone with nobody helping her, until she meets Robert Philip with his daughter. They decide to help her and take her into their house. First Robert thinks she must be crazy, but is she? Also her Prince is following her to the 'real' world but will they find each other?
I really enjoyed the acting in this animation comedy movie with a little musical. In the fairytale world there's of course a lot of dancing and singing and it's the animation part of the movie, so you only hear the voices of the actors. In the real world see can actually see the actors and even here it's dancing and singing, only not as much. I really like the transaction from the fairytale world to the real world and I especially think the actors do a pretty good job in bringing the fairytale characters alive. Amy Adams plays the lead in this movie as the Princess and does a good job. She comes across really happy as a fairytale princess should be and love the scene where they all start to dance in New York. The last time I saw Amy Adams was in the movie Julie & Julia where she also did a very good job. Patrick Dempsey plays the part of Robert Philip who decides to help Giselle. I like his character because he wasn't all perfect and especially in the beginning he didn't even want to help Giselle so much, because he thought she was crazy! Luckily he turns around. A good part, but the acting of Patrick is good but nothing special. Amy Adams really steals the attention in this movie.
I enjoyed watching Enchanted because they make a little bit fun of previous stories of Disney. You see the fairytale characters having to survive in the real world and suddenly the singing and dancing just looks a little bit dramatic. Also the love on first sight doesn't look that perfect either. It's really a fairytale movie in the real world, but they luckily hold on the happy ending, maybe just not the way you would expect it. The transaction from the fairytale world to the real world is really well done and especially the actors do a really good job. Amy Adams did for me the best job in this movie and is just very convincing in her too happy mood as a fairytale princess. She sees everything in a positive way and really made me wonder if she's crazy of not. It's how a fairytale princess act and Amy really portrait that well.
Disney films rarely start with the main princess having found true love. They usually spend the entire running time on their search for their perfect prince, their other half but quite strangely, it appears our heroine of "Enchanted," Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) has found her match. The dashing, troll-hunting Prince Edward (James Marsden) completes her love's duet and falling in love at first sight, they decide to marry the first thing next morning. Is this a happily ever after for the charming couple already? The film has only been playing for five minutes! But "Enchanted" is a fairytale with a cruel and bitter twist: for Edward's mother, the ruthless Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) fears that Giselle will steal her throne. Unacceptable. Disguising herself as an old lady promising the greatest wedding present, Narissa lures Giselle to a nearby fountain. Narissa pushes the poor innocent princess and she ends up in the real world. The actual, non-animated, real-life New York.
It's a fantastic idea that gives the writers plenty of room for humour, constantly poking fun at Giselle's childlike innocence. As she emerges from a sewer hole with her ridiculously puffy dress and a shiny tiara, she looks like someone who just escaped from a mental hospital. Wandering the busy, crowded streets of New York, she receives no sympathy from anyone and she no longer has chirpy, charming talking animals to guide her. She has a chance encounter with a divorce lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and although very reluctant to get involved with one delusional woman, he ends up helping her anyway, providing her a place to stay and willing to get her back to her fairytale wonderland.
The comedy never ceases as Giselle goes about her life as a princess from the animated world. She suddenly starts singing in the middle of a park, much to Robert's embarrassment, she makes new friends with the city rats, pigeons and cockroaches as they ever so cheerfully clean Robert's house (this time, to Robert's horror), she makes a beautiful dress out of Robert's curtains, something he doesn't approve of course, but what can he do when Giselle is just so sweet and adorable? The clash between the two incredibly different characters from two very different worlds is a true comedy treat that can no doubt be appreciated by both adults and children.
Events get slightly more complicated though: Edward is determined to find his love and bring her back to their dreamland. He travels with his trusted servant Nathaniel (Timothy Spall) and his loyal chipmunk. But here's another twist. Nathaniel is actually working for Narissa, who sent him to spy on her son. So his objective is to kill Giselle using various means, and prevent Edward from ever uniting with her. Even more comedy, since Edward isn't the brightest guy. He's handsome sure, but when it comes to intelligence, he's amusingly dumb, making us question whether he is capable of triumphing over evil. Put him and the no-longer-verbally-competent chipmunk (one of the side-effects for animals who enter our world from the animated land) together and you get one of the most hilarious scenes in the film where the squeaky animal tries his absolute best to explain Nathaniel's betrayal.
"Enchanted" benefits greatly from outstanding performances from everyone in the cast. Adams is so wonderful and delightful with her cartoon-like over-gesturing and various facial expressions, winning us over instantly with her infinite charms. She has such a warm, pleasant and lovable air around her that no one could have played the role better than her. Dempsey is the perfect opposite, a man with a more realistic, complicated interpretation of life, hardly cracking a smile when animals invade his house or when a whole park turns into a musical stage. As the two characters bond, his uptight heart starts opening up and the unavoidable romance between the two is a sweet one, two unlikely people falling for one another. Spall is excellent as the scheming but also comic supporting character looking both sinister and slightly confused at the same time. Marsden is fantastic playing the hard-working but hysterically underachieving prince and Sarandon, who has a bigger part to play towards the second half of the film, rules the screen with her majestic presence and whilst blazing some menacing magic, causes havoc.
Music is very important in films, especially with Disney films. They have had so many hits in the past that they had a lot to live up to with "Enchanted." And it's a great surprise to find that all the original songs written for this film are perfect, with catchy tunes and light but meaningful lyrics. Adams also shows she has a solid singing voice as well. "Happy Working Song," obviously inspired from the similar tune in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," works beautifully with her voice and "That's How You Know," leads to a big-scale, fun musical sequence and this works because of the song's bouncy nature. "So Close," sung brilliantly by Jon McLaughlin is used in one of the most romantic but heart-breaking scenes in the film.
Disappointingly though, the ending fails to wrap the film up with a good, solid punch. Given that the characters have just gone through a lot leading up to its grand climax, the bad guy's fall is too abrupt and simple. The film could have used some action in the end but chooses to discard that and take the quick and lazy approach. The conclusion itself isn't bad, it's what we expected all along, but the process is very light-hearted and unimaginative. Possibly the only drawback of the film, it's a shame that final few minutes had to drag down the film's overall quality.
There are many references to past Disney animated films in "Enchanted." Watch out for these when you're indulging in some classic Disney storytelling. A fantasy film that successfully targets both the younger and older crowds of the audience, it's no wonder this performed so well at the box office.
Giselle (played and voiced by Amy Adams) lives in the typical traditional-animated Disney world known as Andalasia. She deams of her true love - her princes charming and she sings about him to a group of animals. The gallant and brave Prince Edward (James Marsden) hears her singing whilst chasing trolls with his valet Nathaniel (Timothy Spall). He manages to rescue her from the same troll he just captured, and they marry the next day. However, the evil Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) knows she will lose her throne to Giselle if her stepson marries, so dressed up as an old hag a la Snow White, she manages to push her into a fountain, sending her into a world where there are no happily ever afters - the real world, i.e., modern day, live action, gritty dirty New York City.
Walking dazed and confused through the streets of New York, she eventually runs into divorce lawyer Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey), who although initlally reluctant to helpo her, eventually lets her into his home to sleep. Differences emerge but eventually she begins to grow on Philip. Meanwhile, Edward has jumped into the wormhole after his beloved Giselle, and Nathaniel (who is working for the Queen) follows to stop him.
The film carries on kind of in the way that you would expect it would, with some funny misunderstandings involving people from a fairy tale land experiencing the real world, people finding their true loves and all of that jazz. It's pretty simple stuff but it's really not trying to be anything else. The premise is simple, but the way it tells its story is pretty good and you can tell it really does try to be original. There are some pretty tried-and-trusted styles of comedy and storytelling, Nathaniel appearing in different jobs (taxi driver, food vendor, and waiter) to trick the main characters is one of those things you see in cartoons all the time.
The ending surprised me a bit, although it was kind of predictable. They just expanded a bit more on what would have been the norm for this kind of film and it works pretty well, making a pretty well-rounded kind of ending.
I thought the casting was done very well, with James Marsden being one of my favourties. It was a great change from seeing him as the boring and sulky Psyclops in X-Men. Here he plays the outgoing, cheerful and charismatic singing prince and it's a role that suits him pretty well.
While more suited for kids, adults will get a good deal of fun from it too. It carries on in the usual "Disney princess" style very well.
With this film Disney crossed their animated magic with an every day film. Released in 2007 and starring Patrick Dempsey, Amy Adams, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Mazell and Susan Sarandon this Disney film is a classic with a great modern day twist.
One day Giselle is banished from fairy tale land to the totally unmagical live action world where nothing is quite as magical as she's used to. Then enter Patrick Dempsey as a divorce lawyer who comes to Giselle's aid when she needs someone most. As time passes Gislle enchants the lawyer and the fairy tale comes to Manhatten. This film combines great music with classic comedy moments and creates a film to rival every magical Disney moment released before.
As well as the goods guys like every Disney Classic there's the wicked witch and her evil helpers, but as always no matter how hard they try the prince and goodness always wins.
Rated PG this film is great for all the family and will have you singing and dancing around your front room, and it's the perfect addition to an already amazing Disney collection.
Special features include Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, music video for the theme tune and much more.
I watched this with my daughter for the first time today. Shes had for quite a while,a nd my wife has watched it with her loads, but i was always put off by the cover... i thought it was just another princess movie. Not so!!!
This is a really good twist on the usual disney princess film. It begins in animation - giselle (the princess wannabe) is waiting for her prince charming to turn up. When he does - his stepmother isnt too impressed with his bride of choice and pushes her into a great big vortex on her wedding day - sending her plummeting into the real life world of New York City.
Enter actress Amy Adams. Amy does a fab portrayal of a disney character trying to make it in the real world - it really is how i would imagine the ever popular Cinderella would cope with this. And it has hilarious consequences. Patrick Dempsey plays the unwitting bloke forced to come to Giselles aid, and James Marsden plays the real life version of the Prince. Susan Sarandon plays the human version of the wicked stepmother.
Many songs (meaning a great soundtrack) and mishaps later - youve emerged from a disney film with a hilarious twist.
Of course its rated PG - and i can only assume its not U because of the dragony bits at the end. But i really wouldnt worry about letting your little ones watch this - they will love it. Its also suitable for boys and girls despite the misleading princess cover - im sure boys will love the princes dopeyness and the little chipmunk Pip!
You can buy this on Play.com for about £7.99 - not too bad for a disney film. And this has never been sent to the disney vault - meaning its always available to buy.
Well worth a watch!
When this film was first released in cinema I went to see it along with a friend. It was amazing, the songs are really catchy and soon as the film was over I had bits of each of the songs in my head and I went home singing them all. I decided to get the soundtrack and absolutely love it :)
The start off as a animation in the land of Andalasia is really good and how they merge into real people when they fall down a well and out on to the modern day life of Manhattan (USA). The princess Giselle (Amy Adams) meets a Father - Robert Phillip (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter -Morgan Philip (Rachel Covey) along her way while in search for her Prince Edward who is also looking for her. But who does she fall in love with at the end Prince Edward or Robert Phillip? It's a typical fairytale story, happily ever after.
Giselle (Amy Adams)
Prince Edward (James Marsden)
Queen Narrisa (Susan Sarandon)
Morgan Philip (Rachel Covey)
Robert Phillip (Patrick Dempsey)
Nathaniel (Timothy Spall)
Nancy Tremaine (Idina Menzel)
Pip in Andalasia (Voice played by Jeff Bennett)
Pip in New York (Voice played by Kevin Lima)
Bunny (Voice played by Teala Dun)
Sunglass Street Vendor (Courtney Williams)
Grumpy (William Huntley)
Bluebird / Fawn / Rapunzel (Voices played by Emma Rose Lima)
Narrator (Julie Andrews)
Release Date ~ 17 December 2007 (UK)
Where can you buy it from? ~
HMV - £11.99
Play.com - £7.99
Asda - £6.93
I recommend it strongly you will enjoy it! definitely worth the money too!
This is a fairy-tale for all the family, old and young. Being a fan of Disney and fairytale fantasy in general, I was looking forward to this film. It didn't disappoint.
The plot revolves around a typical story-book princess called Giselle, who is pushed from her animated home into the real live world of New York. It is here where Giselle recieves a hefty dose of reality, bringing with her wonderful references of the fairytale world. The film draws on a wealth of past Disney experience and knowledge and presents it to the viewer as a homage to their past.
The film is full of computer generated imagary, animation and live-action to keep the audience happy and interested.
The plot is very fairytale orientated, with the princess Giselle, actress Amy Adams, wanting to meet her one true love. She is overheard singing in the animated land of Andalasia by Prince Edward, who offers his hand in marriage. Prince Edward's wicked stepmother, Queen Narissa will lose her claim to the throne if he marries, so on the wedding day she pushes a niave Giselle into a well through which she consequently ends up in Times Square, New York as a real-life woman.
It is here she meets Robert Phillip, played by the actor Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), who insists she stays at his apartment, along with his young daughter. Much comedy ensues in traditional Disney fashion. The ending is fabulous as the Queen, played by actress Susan Sarandon makes a grand entrance and tries to eliminate her enemy. Happy Ever After wins the day and all is well.
The costumes are amazing and very Disney-esque, bringing to the screen a wonderful presence and coupled with the very imaginative song and dance routines, means that this film was well placed for numerous award nominations it recieved.
Definatley worth the money to purchase this film.
I am admittedly a little bit biased when it comes to Disney movies - they are my absolute favourite and i await each one with baited breath!! But, honestly, Enchanted will not disappoint.
The film begins animated and then flips into true life. It is the story of Giselle - a young woman awaiting true loves kiss from her prince. When he arrives, the wicked stepmother becomes jealous and sends her plummeting head first into the very real world of New York City.
This is a film that the entire family can enjoy...my 3 year old daughter loves it, and she watched it with me and my husband and her grandparents - and every one of us has laughed out loud!
The songs are amazing and you may catch yourself humming along to the cleaning song whilst your strolling around the supermarket - but a good disney film is always accompanied by a wonderful soundtrack.
Despite the princess on the cover - this film isnt a girls film... boys will find the prince hilarious too!!
if your struggling for a family dvd - Enchanted will fit the bill!!