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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
James Marsden
Amy Adams
Susan Sarandon
Patrick Dempsey.
Directors
Kevin Lima.
Screenwriters
Bill Kelly.
Running Time
107 minutes

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Enchanted
The silliest, funniest fairy tale of the year


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Plot
The good news: animated Disney princess Giselle (Adams) has found true love with a prince (Marsden). Bad news: his stepmother (Sarandon) doesn’t want him to create a new queen, so she banishes Giselle to real-world New York, which doesn’t gel with her fairy-tale ways.


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Enchanted

For all their contribution to animation history and their near-miraculous ability to condense any emotion into a hummable melody, Disney’s animated heroines can be irritatingly earnest. Their eyes almost pop their sockets with innocence and voices that speak of independence disguise hearts that yearn for some betighted hunk to rescue them from a life populated by furry companions. They’re in dire need, in other words, of a kick up the bustled butt and a good shot of cynicism, but it’s surprising that Disney themselves would be the ones to deliver it.

Enchanted opens in the long-lost world of the Disney fairy-tale, where nobody has jobs and horses have opinions. It’s here we meet Giselle (Amy Adams), a romantic optimist, shortly before she’s thrust into the fleshier world of real-life New York, where locals will happily trample a damsel in distress if it gets them to the subway a little quicker.

It’s a cute idea and one that Kevin Lima (who directed Disney’s terrific Tarzan) and screenwriter Billy Kelly squeeze for maximum fun. Amid the fish-out-of-water gags and big musical numbers, there are nods to Disney movies past and even what looks like an homage to Beauty And The Beast’s hill-running homage to The Sound Of Music. How’s that for postmodern? The film’s best asset, though, is an extremely game cast.

Amy Adams is just wonderful. Her cartoony over-gesticulation and face writ with complete delight in the world are as wholly believable as ink and paint made flesh. It’s the sort of Johnny Depp-like commitment to daftness that could potentially see her name on award shortlists. James Marsden is an equal hoot as Giselle’s lunk-headed suitor: a hero in animation, an unwittingly misogynist snob in real life. It’s a shame that the fun doesn’t stretch to Susan Sarandon’s wicked queen, given too little screentime to make a scary or ludicrously camp impression; or Patrick Dempsey as a grumpy lawyer whose cynicism is chipped away by Giselle’s chipperness.

Though things, naturally, wrap up in a twee little bow of happy endings (this is wry Disney, but it’s still Disney), the tangle beforehand is a silly, retro blast.


Verdict
It’s essentially, y’know, for kids, but the dedicated fairy tale fan will have tons of fun spotting all the references. Adams, meanwhile, gives one of the comedy performances of the year.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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Enchanted Review

From beginning to end this fairytale is full of emotional twirls and upbeat fantasies. The lovable and romantic personality that Giselle (Amy Adams) portrays keeps the film bubbly and fit to the typical Disney theme. Throughout the search for true love, Robert (Patrick Dempsey) does a superb job in his role as caretaker. The fun-filled adventures both characters endure and the lovable sing-a-long scenes make for a perfect tone. The added aspects that director Kevin Lima used from each Disney Pri... More

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Posted by ElleLouise at 23:00, 09 September 2012 | Report This Post


Lovely

Deciding to mostly take a detour away from the magical worlds or the morality tales, Disney take on a startlingly vivid tale that takes the best of Disney cartoons and their lovably silly and romanticized characters, and the best of modern day foibles, and crafts them into an utterly unique and totally adorable vision. Amy Adams totally steals the show, being both beautiful and completely hilarious. Being a film for kids, obviously some adults will be rather resigned to watch this, but even for ... More

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Posted by blaud at 19:26, 14 June 2011 | Report This Post


Starting as a classic Disney animation film but after the introduction continuing in live-action, Enchanted is from beginning to end a warm and affectionate tribute to the films Disney used to make. Director Kevin Lima was inspired by everything from Snow White to Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty (as an extra on the blu-ray there`s even a game in wich you see parts of the film and need to guess on what Disney classic it`s based). It`s not just a simple rip-off of those wonderful films but much mo... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 21:43, 09 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: It's cute, it's fun, watch it!

Three stars Empire really? This is five star wonderful entertainment in my book.  Amy Adams is a revelation. ... More

Posted by theoriginalcynic at 18:31, 22 February 2010 | Report This Post


It's cute, it's fun, watch it!

To my surprise, I greatly enjoyed watching this rather silly film. A Disney cartoon Wanna-Be-Princess gets pushed into a fountain by the evil stepmother of her Prince, bringing her into the Real World. Here the Princess meets a grumpy lawyer and turns his world upside down. When her Prince (her true love) comes to take her back home she starts to doubt where her home really is. It is a cute story with fun characters. Nice Disney entertainment. TheMovieNess.com ... More

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Posted by TheMovieNess at 20:24, 31 October 2008 | Report This Post


Enchanted

I smiled or chuckled all the way through this. Perhaps I was in the mood for some sugary optimism, but the film has a (small) point - we do get a bit wrapped up in cynicism. Anyway, if you're game it delivers a very entertaining two hours, sweet and ridiculous and the most fun I've seen in a film in ages. Preferred it to, say, Stardust, (which gets same rating) and it's less pretentious than the Narnia films. One star knocked off for the CGI chipmunk which I found annoying, although I imagine th... More

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Posted by I Miss Sunshine at 10:54, 01 August 2008 | Report This Post


Good movie

I've just watched this on DVD and really enjoyed it. I would probably enjoyed it even more if I'd seen any of the many Disney films it references throughout (Disney films were just never part of my childhood). Worth watching for Amy "cute as a button" Adams alone! ... More

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Posted by RogueElement at 00:27, 25 July 2008 | Report This Post


Didnt like it

I think Amy Adams is great in it,thats the only reason I didnt give it one star. But still I just didnt like it.The ending was crap in it and Susan Surrandon was crap in it and those are the reasons Ithink its crap. ... More

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Posted by JohnPaul1996 at 19:54, 03 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

I just saw Enchanted on Monday, I surprised myself by loving it. As a huge fan of the classic MGM musical's it was great to see a modern day movie that harked back to that golden era.   Amy Adams was delightfully sweet and since when has Patrick Dempsey been so sauvep; Highlight for me though was James Marsden who personifed every Disney prince there has ever been.. gorgeous but dim "I don't know what melodramtic means..."   It also shut my other half up who moans at me for... More

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Posted by Faithfulbrego at 11:03, 23 April 2008 | Report This Post


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All I can say is that my 4 year old daughter watched this non-stop 3 times yesterday!!! It's definitely perfect for those little girls who yearn to be a princess themselves. My daughter went and bought the reversible Giselle dress on Saturday and today I have to go and get her the wedding dress.  She changes outfit as the film goes along, she dances during the ball-room scene and she even falls down dead, waiting for "true love's kiss"......   I was too busy putting 2 doo... More

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Posted by Walkerboy at 11:33, 21 April 2008 | Report This Post


Having watched this again on DVD. I would like to change my previous review. This film is not only charming, but also very funny. It is clear that Amy Adams, James Marsden and Timothy Spall are relishing th roles they are playing. Giselle (Adams) and Edward (Marsden) have a wide-eyed innocence. Spall is brilliant in his role as Nathaniel and Susan Sarandon shines as Queen Narrisa, however her screen time is not as much as she should have. A totally enjoyable, fun film with great performanc... More

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Posted by Laura T at 12:58, 09 April 2008 | Report This Post


Fun

Not sure about the feminist ending but otherwise this is very funny and entertaining. ... More

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Posted by Caster at 22:35, 08 April 2008 | Report This Post


Great fun.

Loved this movie, was thinking maybe I wouldn't though. The chipmunk is well cute. "Apple?"..."No thank you."......"Issss gooood!". Quality ... More

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Posted by tallaght24 at 14:06, 08 April 2008 | Report This Post


Enchanted

In this tale of an animated princess finding her one true love in famous, fairytale fashion, things take a turn when she is banished by a wicked queen to the modern day and turns up in New York City. She is then transformed into a real human being, giving a delightful twist to the archetypal Walt Disney fairy tale format with excellent results. Beginning in the so-over-the-top-it’s-genius 2D animated world of Andalasia, we follow the run of the mill romantic meeting between typical Di... More

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Posted by lozmizcool at 10:43, 08 April 2008 | Report This Post


Enchanted

In this tale of an animated princess finding her one true love in famous, fairytale fashion, things take a turn when she is banished by a wicked queen to the modern day and turns up in New York City. She is then transformed into a real human being, giving a delightful twist to the archetypal Walt Disney fairy tale format with excellent results. Beginning in the so-over-the-top-it’s-genius 2D animated world of Andalasia, we follow the run of the mill romantic meeting between typical Di... More

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Posted by lozmizcool at 10:43, 08 April 2008 | Report This Post


Bless!

You would have to be completely made of stone to not find this utterly charming, it is the sweetest film and offends absolutely no-one! Considering some of the films to come out in recent years, particularly of the spoof variety, it's good to see that Disney can still show people how the have fun without resorting to fart jokes or fat jokes. They return charm to the cinema and Amy Adams could be the very reason for this, her performance is completely adorable and you can't help rooting for her t... More

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Posted by neurotically_yours at 16:29, 05 April 2008 | Report This Post


Man, Amy Adams is a great actrees.

Amy Adams is such a great actress. I mean, we saws her in Junebug two years ago, and she was fantastic and now, we see her in Enchanted with a beautiful princess dress. I don't like fairy tales but this one, I think is a jewel. So lovely charming. Highly recommended. Oh, also you sometimes feel like you wanna cry. And you laugh out loud. Really, go see it it's very beautiful. ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 20:21, 31 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Enchanted

] Director: imaenwriter: llyring: ms, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon  psisassic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess who is sent to our world by Queen Narissa (Sarandon). Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle (Adams) begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer (Dempsey). Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?  ew I first saw... More

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Posted by R W at 23:34, 22 March 2008 | Report This Post


Not Enchanting Enough

Interestingly this movie actually says a lot about the likes of Pixar and Dreamworks (with Shrek), because what's missing here is the quality of the writing we have seen from those studios. The characters are great, the premise is top notch and the effects are nice but it doesn't seem to really take off for that reason.  It's a shame because in Amy Adams you probably have the only actress around who could actually bring a Disney princess to life, and if that perfomance... More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 11:23, 03 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Enchanted

]A great film to see with family or friends i thought t=arial] ]'I've been waiting for a true loves kiss..' ]  ]Only just got that song out of my head! ... More

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Posted by Chloe 22 at 12:15, 02 February 2008 | Report This Post


Enchanted

Enjoyable, fun and I came out with a smile on my face a mile wide ... More

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Posted by Juror No 8 at 10:53, 21 January 2008 | Report This Post


RE: A really nice movie

L: slenderhippo I went to the cinema expecting an average film with a few laughs here and there, predictable plot, basically just a mediocre hollywood comedy. But what i actually found was a charming, hilarious film with some of the catchiest songs/music. It really lifted my spirits and just made me smile, and the integration of animation and reality was fantastic. Amy Adams definitely gave one of the best comedy performances. She made this film what it is. Truly delightful. I'd go and... More

Posted by Gimli The Dwarf at 06:04, 11 January 2008 | Report This Post


A really nice movie

I went to the cinema expecting an average film with a few laughs here and there, predictable plot, basically just a mediocre hollywood comedy. But what i actually found was a charming, hilarious film with some of the catchiest songs/music. It really lifted my spirits and just made me smile, and the integration of animation and reality was fantastic. Amy Adams definitely gave one of the best comedy performances. She made this film what it is. Truly delightful. I'd go and see it if i were you. I... More

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Posted by slenderhippo at 04:57, 05 January 2008 | Report This Post


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Male viewer who very much enjoyed this film. In the list forum I've given it 4 out of 6 in a couple of threads but I suspect that it's self consciousness (it's a princess movie!) that's prevented me from giving it 5/6 because I adored this film. It's not perfect; the animation feels a little flat, the initial sequences of Giselle in New York (before meeting Patrick) grate, and the showdown finale feels unnecessary given Narcissa's original reason for wanting to harm Giselle. But I smi... More

Posted by thedrin at 22:10, 04 January 2008 | Report This Post


I enjoyed it. It was non-offensive, which is nice to see occassionally. I really enjoyed spotting the referneces to other Disney movies and princesses throughout. Amy Adams was very likeable as the 'princess', and the supporting cast were also good - especially the Chipmunk!!!! Not as good as the animated Disney princesses tho! But enjoyable, especially for kids. ... More

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Posted by Laura T at 15:50, 02 January 2008 | Report This Post


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