IT S one for the children this week with the new Disney offering, Enchanted. In what is essentially the Snow White story relocated into the real world, Enchanted starts in archetypical animated Disney territory where the pretty Giselle is being courted
IT'S one for the children this week with the new Disney offering, Enchanted.
In what is essentially the Snow White story relocated into the real world, Enchanted starts in archetypical animated Disney territory where the pretty Giselle is being courted by her prince charming, Edward.
His wicked mother, Narissa (Susan Sarandon), however, has an evil plan up her sleeve and banishes the girl to 21st century New York City by pushing her down a magical well.
At this point the film switches from animation to live action as Giselle (Amy Adams), complete with ball gown, is thrust into the real world where all she can do is await the rescue of the prince (Matthew Marsden).
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However, trailing the streets of Manhattan, Giselle stumbles across the kind-hearted divorce lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his young daughter (Rachel Covey) who take the princess into their home.
Shocked by her new environment, one which doesn't operate with "happily ever afters", Giselle quickly gets to work and sets about giving this chaotic world a much-needed boost of enchantment.
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However, as Giselle's confidence grows, her presence in the Big Apple begins to cause strange side effects in the fabric of reality.
And Prince Edward who has tracked her location, does little to help matters, and worse is to come when Narissa and her horrible henchmen join the action.
And with the two worlds on collision course, Giselle must make one final decision. Will she return to the world of magic mirrors, singing birds and talking chipmunks, or stay with her new prince charming in a mysterious land of yellow taxis, hot dogs, and bicycles?
Enchanted is a decent effort to bring the Disney effect into the modern world, but by no means is it a Disney classic.
However, what it does have is a surprising fun factor that comes courtesy of some excellent witty dialogue. Most notably of which comes in the form of Giselle deciding to clean Robert's apartment with the help of rats, pigeons and cockroaches.
In addition there are some superb songs from acclaimed song writing duo Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.
As a tribute to the likes of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White it also works well, as does the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? effect of bending animation with live action.