Enchantment In The Real World


What would happen if characters in fairy tale land (or Disney animation land) joined real-world New York City?  That is what Princess Giselle of Andalasia learns when she is banished on her wedding day by the Evil Queen Narissa.  The Queen sends her son’s intended off to the land where “happily ever after” doesn’t exist.

Upon arriving in the Big Apple, Giselle meets Robert, a cynical divorce lawyer, and his daughter Morgan who believes that a real princess has stepped out of a book.  Of course, her father has forbidden her to read such make believe drivel.

But not to fear, Prince Charming and Giselle’s chipmunk friend, Pip, come to the rescue!  BUT… the Queen’s vile spy, Nathaniel, has been sent to put an end to Giselle for good.

I found Enchanted to be a really cute musical comedy if a bit cliched with all the ties to past classic animated features.  I really liked the nod to the past with the opening and closing of the book and the narration (provided by Julie Andrews, herself).  The name of a restaurant brought a chuckle.  I thought the leads were all well cast.  Notice Timothy Spall who played Nathaniel.  He played another “rat” in a little well-known film franchise… he just has that face and persona about him.  And if you think that a bunch of people singing and dancing around Bethesda Fountain is strange… just imagine how many out-of-work performers there are in New York City alone!  But I imagine that it would look rather ridiculous if it were not being done for a Disney movie 😀   Actually, it was one of my favorite parts of the movie… being accompanied musically by a street corner reggae group around Central Park (in the daylight, of course).  Wonder how much money Robert really put in their box.

The climax might be a little much for the very young, but overall I think Enchanted would delight any young princess 6 and over.  Cute movie.

7 thoughts on “Enchantment In The Real World”

  1. My kids always liked it – it was Sammie’s favorite for awhile. I thought Amy Adams did a great job in this, and I enjoyed it. At least it wasn’t a huge disappointment like a cartoon meets real world film I was looking forward to as a kid called Cool World – yuck. At the time, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was my favorite movie, so after that, what couldn’t disappoint? Cool World was really terrible, though…

  2. Yes… I have heard of Cool World. Fortunately, I skipped that one! Roger Rabbit is CLASSIC! And Enchanted was really well done, too

  3. Enchanted was the first blu-ray I watched on this computer. I still haven’t even opened the three free Pirates/Caribbean movies… I really enjoyed the movie.

  4. WOW, DEREK! Which did you get first, Enchanted or the Pirates trilogy? I would have likely watched the Pirates first with all of its explosions and effects. O/c If you had already seen them in other formats….

  5. I received the Pirates movies as part of the prize, but having seen them already on DVD I never got around to watching them. I rented Enchanted from Blockbuster so I could try out blu-ray with a movie I had never seen before. The sound effects would have been plain on my computer as the original software only output surround sound over HDMI. I think the update has surround sound on some movies though over the analog ports, but not all unfortunately. I considered another movie player like WinDVD, but at the price they charge I could just buy a regular bluray player for not much more, though of course I would need an HDTV to use it at HD resolutions.

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