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Great family fun
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Advantages: Funny, sweet, wide appeal
Disadvantages: Predictable ending
Kevin Lima (102 Dalmatians)
Amy Adams (Talladega Nights, The Wedding Date)
James Marsden (Hairspray, X-Men)
Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy, Sweet Home Alabama)
Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise, Elizabethtown)
Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, Oliver)
The film starts as all good Disney films do, the opening of a story book, then going into a cartoon world with lots of singing and little animals. Giselle (Adams) is looking for her perfect man and get her "True love's kiss," so when she meets Prince Edward (Marsden) they fall in love immediately and lan to marry the next day. However, Edward's stepmother, Queen Narissa (Sarandon) has other plans as she fears Giselle will steal her crown. So on the wedding day (disguised as an old woman of course) throws Giselle down a magic well that transports her to New York - a place where there are no Happy Endings. When Edward discovers this, he follows her, alongside Giselle's chipmunk friend Pip and Edward's friend Nathaniel (Spall) who is secretly working for the queen.
In New York Giselle befriends Robert (Dempsey) a single father and divorce lawyer who is less than impressed with Giselle's innocence.
This film is just what you expect it to be sweet, a little predictable and good family fun. However unlike the older Disney film this is really funny and has things in for the adults. Obviously putting child like characters into New York is going to result in a level of chaos.
Amy Adams is great as Giselle,a girl who is simply seeking true love and some of the song and dance sequences are ridiculous but very funny. I would say that James Marsden completely steals the show as Prince Edward. He is a dumb, macho man who is desparate to return his bride to Andalasia and has no idea what is going on at all in the city. In order for him to find her, he has to rely on a chipmunk that is unable to speak in the real world, and will Nathaniel desperate to sabotage his plans and kill Giselle, the odds are stacked against him.
As family films go I would recommend this thoroughly - you would think it was aimed for little girls wanting tobe princesses, but there were grown man sat laughing next to me. It makes fun of itself and is genuinly enchanting - it has something for everyone and I look forward to seeing the DVD extras when it comes out later in the year.
Summary: Silly, funny family film.