Enchanted (2007)

Wrapping up this Saturday of the DailyView binge, I watched Enchanted, a film that takes the fairy tale world and brings it into the present day. This is a concept that we have seen a lot recently, but this is one that helped to popularize the idea.

Giselle (Amy Adams) is your typical (animated) princess, waiting for the arrival of her one true love and singing her heart out. The song attracts Prince Edward (James Marsden) who saves Giselle from a fall. They immediately decide to be married the next day.

Unfortunately, Edwards’ step-mother and the current queen, Narissa (Susan Sarandon) is not anxious to allow Edwards’ bride to take her place on the throne so she conspires with her henchman Nathaniel (Timothy Spall) to send her to a different world.. the real world.

When Giselle arrived in New York City, she was confused by the weird differences around her, but she met Robert (Patrick Dempsey) who gives her a place to stay. Meanwhile, Edward has come to the real world from the animated land of Andalasia in search of his true love.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this movie. It does a great job of taking the fairy tale tropes and tweaking them slightly so that they fit into the modern world and keeps you on your toes. Giselle is an amalgam of several princesses that we know (Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella) and Amy Adams is excellent at playing off the magical land that she thinks she is now in. Amy Adams is charming and completely engaging here. She has some powerful chemistry with Robert and their differences wind up pulling the pair together all the more.

There are some musical moments in Enchanted too and they are fairly entertaining. I do like how the crowds of NYC seem to just be able to join in with Giselle during the musical interludes. It plays as if there is just something magical about Giselle that makes you want to sing.

While the third act is a bit predictable, I do like the role reversal that happens there.

James Marsden does a very good job as Prince Edward, the goofy, always smiling heroic prince that is ready to sing at any moment. Marsden fully engages in the role and you can tell how much fun he is having being so cheesy.

Enchanted is a wonderful family film that has all of the best parts of the fairy tale genre and a star making performance for Amy Adams.

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