The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever after" basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid - even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home - she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?
A Fairytale Come True
Disney, being famous for its mythical stories and fabled tales, faced quite a challenge with adapting two different environments and styles into a single plot. So how'd they do? You're about to find out.
Enchanted tells a fairytale story in Andalasia, about Giselle, a beautiful maid looking for her true love; and prince Edward, who seeks a princess to share his happily-ever-after with. The two of these find each other, and fall in love, but Edward's stepmother, the evil queen, doesn't approve of this plan and sends Giselle on an unforgettable journey to a world without happy endings: our's. Here, Giselle meets Robert, a divorce lawyer with a young daughter and a girlfriend whom he is about to marry. As Giselle stumbles into his life, he's in for a change he could've never expected, and Giselle finds that in the reality of this world, finding your own true love isn't always such a simple thing. As Edward rushes on a journey to rescue his princess, and to share with her the true love's kiss, he will face new challenges, to which he hasn't used to. Facing these challenges head-on, with the courage of a prince, he begins his search for Giselle... But will Giselle want to be found?
First off, the score on this movie is fabulous. The music is magical - just what you'd expect of Alan Menken. As it creates a big part of the mood, there's one thing that has been carried out well. And it's not the only one.
Enchanted succeeds in capturing the mood of this fairytale story in an exquisite manner, entertaining the viewer with colorful visuals and sweet sounds. Even though the storyline is fairly predictable, it takes off little attention from the great quality of this film, which truly impresses me. James Marsden is fabulous as prince Edward, and Patrick Dempsey does a nice role as the shy Robert. And as Giselle, Amy Adams is just like a Disney princess should be.
Enchanted is definitely one of the better Disney movies. The first one in quite a while too!