What if classic Disney fairy tale cartoon archetypes found their way to real life New York?
Enchanted shows us in this light but fun and enjoyable movie.
Amy Adams and James Mardsen are a fairy tale soon to be princess and her prince, an arrangement that displeases Susan Sarandon, who plays the evil stepmother. She sends the princess, Giselle, to the real world, but the prince follows suit in order to save her.
Of course the real world is a rude awakening to a fairy tale princess who’s never even known anger, so the typical fish out of water story ensues. Still, it’s done well, and Giselle is so sweet it’s hard not to like her. Amy Adams is really great in her role.
Patrick Dempsey plays the only person that’s nice to her, and, well, you know what happens in fairy tales…
The prince is a study in ego, and so the real world presents different challenges to him. He has some help in the form of Timothy Spall who plays Nathaniel, who serves the Prince, but is actually working for the Evil Queen. Trying to keep the prince in line is Pip the chipmunk, but in the real world he can’t really talk, so he’s really got his work cut out for him. Cute animal sidekicks can be a pain, but I feel this one really worked well...
Enchanted is full of clichés, but uses the clichés to its advantage in order to move the story along. It’s no piece of great filmmaking, but as escapist entertainment, it totally works.