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Enchanted, the Movie: Two Mama Thumbs Up! by JenB

Nov22

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enchanted.jpgFirst, I swear to you I never read any reviews of this movie. All I knew is that most of my mama friends and I were highly anticipating this movie’s release. So, this is my untainted view of my new favorite movie Enchanted. Ok I loved it, and now, I will tell you why.
I will admit that I am not usually a huge fan of Disney related princessy things. I worry about the whole obsession with beauty and teeny waists and full bosoms. My daughter, Charlotte hasn’t been exposed to any princess stuff. It isn’t really intentional, eventually I will get her some Disney movies, even ones with princesses. In the big scheme of things I don’t have a huge problem with fairy tales.
Enchanted is a satirical Disney princess story, farcical even. A large part of what makes this movie so fantastic is the exaggerated version of the princess Giselle, our heroine, played fantastically by Amy Adams. Snow White has nothing on this girl. Giselle doesn’t have just blue birds, she has the entire forest waiting to do her bidding. She is impossibly romantic and sure that she will soon meet her one true love and have love’s first kiss. It is saccharine, sweet, funny. She has a chipmunk with an accent right out of The Sopranos. It is princess with a kick. Her body is impossibly built, teeny waist, a perfect upright chest and long long bouncy flowing hair that swings with her chirpy romantic tunes. The audience laughs at this, knowing it is an overdone version of princess.
enchanted%20the%20movie%20james_marsden.jpgI made notes in the theater, in the dark dark theater and some of them don’t make sense. At first I was terrified of the singing. I don’t like singing in movies, or theaters, or television. It comes clear very quickly that this is meant to amuse and not entertain us with the actor’s singing acumen, which is actually really good! Prince Edward, also bigger than life, is played by James Marsden. Who is for one thing, tremendously handsome, a great princely figure. He has a huge acting range and seems underrated to me. I want more James Marsden! X-Men, Hairspray, Sugar and Spice (a personal favorite)! He is over the top and awesome in this movie, spoofing the typical puffy sleeved sword wielding hero.
enchanted%20the%20movie%20giselle%20and%20patrick%20dempsey.jpgPatrick “McDreamy” Dempsey is hot, and no, you cannot dispute that. He manages to play sensitive pretty well, sort of similar in tone to his character in Grey’s Anatomy. He definitely is the straight man in this movie but shows us some good glimpses of a multi-dimensional cynical New York City guy who has never experienced True Love. Rachel Covey plays his daughter and is edible and adorable and a fine actress. We will see more of her. Susan Sarandon plays a good wicked witch, but honestly is not much of a stand out for me.
It is the story, the clashing of the idyllic animated world and the cynical New York City world. The movie is full of soft touch lessons about believing in fairy tales, true love, and happily ever. Forever and ever. This movie is rated PG and there was everyone there, baby to granny. In my movie theater the crowd was mostly women about 20-40 years old and only a handful of kids. Oh, and some bedraggled boyfriends, I have no idea how they felt, maybe someone will share. There were some quiet cheers and laughs and tears and there was no doubt that it was an outlandish and comic fairy tale enjoyed by everyone there. I cannot stop smiling and I know there was some damp tissues being carried out at the end.
The Canadian judge, me, gives it 5 Stars.

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12 Responses to “Enchanted, the Movie: Two Mama Thumbs Up! by JenB”

  1. jenB Nov 22 at 6:57 pm Reply Reply

    It is so lame that reading my own review wants me to go see it again? I love it so!

  2. Chris Jordan
    chris Nov 22 at 10:33 pm Reply Reply

    Jen, I’ll join you! The movie sounds really fun. I’ll have to find a girlfriend to see it with my bedraggled husband and sons would not at all be into it.

  3. Bipolarlawyercook Nov 23 at 7:26 am Reply Reply

    Well, I am glad you approve of it… now we can go see it.

  4. carmen Nov 23 at 10:31 am Reply Reply

    I’m glad you gave it a good review – I’m going to take my kids later this weekend, I think. Even the male ones.

  5. Jcrash Nov 24 at 9:11 pm Reply Reply

    —boyfriend review—
    —-Contains spoilers—-
    The very first time I saw the preview for this movie I thought to myself, “Oh hey, Disney is bringing back the ‘Magic Kingdom’ theme,” which I thought was great!
    I grew up watching all the Disney cartoons but being a male (social acceptance was a big thing when you were young) I always kept it a “guilty-pleasure” type of deal and never really talked about them.
    My girlfriend yesterday suggested that we watch a movie and seeing the Now Playing list: Hitman, Fred Clause–naturally we picked Enchanted.
    I must say at the very beginning I sank into my chair with “Man wtf am I doing here…I CAN’T TAKE THIS SINGING!!” It took me a while to realize that the whole beginning was sort of an overdone spoof.
    Fantastic movie though I loved it. My girlfriend and I really got into it and actually reacted to the scenes, which is VERY rare being the introverted individuals we both are. I guess this movie does that to people; it actually brings out feelings and emotions associated with the theme which was really great. I brought myself out of the picture a few times and observed the people around me, “Ok good we’re not the only ones acting like this!”
    Can’t give this movie enough praise…If you’re a child from the 80′s, grew up watching the Disney classics, have an open mind and heart, then I think this movie takes everything to a whole new level.
    When we walked out there were two guys walking saying how much it sucked and they expected it to be a parody to Disney as Scary Movie/Date Movie/The Comebacks is to horror/date/sports movies. Yeah right…they loved it.

  6. Belinda Nov 25 at 7:44 pm Reply Reply

    I have loved Amy Adams ever since “Junebug.” She’s an incredible talent.

  7. Meghan Nov 26 at 2:46 pm Reply Reply

    I also loved it. The Wikipedia page for Enchanted has a section on references to other Disney Films in the movie. Some of them I picked up on (“Part of your World” being played while Giselle looked into the fish tank) and others that I would likely never know (like that there are cameos by the women who provided the voices for Belle, Ariel and Pocahontas in the animated Disney movies.) The amount of references and homage are staggering, I think I need to go back and watch it again.

  8. jenB Dec 11 at 11:08 pm Reply Reply

    Thanks so much for the feedback. This is a movie I would actually buy, which is also rare for me. Special thanks to Jcrash for posting. Nice to see a dude round here. :-)

  9. Al Dec 16 at 6:59 pm Reply Reply

    Do you think it would be OK for a young girl? Like 4 or 5 years old? What do you think gives it the PG rating?
    I would like to go and take my daughter, but wondering if she is too young.
    Thanks.

  10. Liss Dec 24 at 2:50 pm Reply Reply

    For another guy perspective, I can tell you that my husband and I went to see it together and we both loved it unconditionally. He commented that he can’t wait until our daughter is old enough that the two of them can watch it together. I suspect that we’ll be pre-ordering this one from Amazon as soon as it’s available, and watching it many, many times once it comes home to live with us.

  11. JenB Feb 01 at 3:27 pm Reply Reply

    Al,
    I don’t think it is a good movie for the 3-4 year old scene. It is a love story, first and foremost and the humour would be over their head and there is probably not enough in the movie to hold their attention. My daughter is 4, there is no way she would sit still for it. :-)

  12. Lucas Sep 20 at 5:17 pm Reply Reply

    Definitely a movie that falls within one, I charming performances by all, and the best thing is that it is producing the second part. Hopefully you have a logical sequel and interesting and that the magic has not stolen the first version.

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