With a 5 year old daughter obsessed with all things princess, and a wife obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy, it was inevitable that Enchanted, that timeless tale of a cartoon princess who ends up “real” in New York City and falls in love with Patrick Dempsey, would end up in my Netflix queue.
After last night’s parental pre-screening, I’m nearly embarrassed to admit that Enchanted is (WARNING: use of the obvious descriptive ahead.) enchanting.
The danger in a movie like this for Disney is that it would take itself seriously. Mercifully and delightfully, it doesn’t. This is a full-length in-joke to all the Disney movies you grew up with, and the performance given by Amy Adams as the princess Giselle is so flawlessly over-the-top that is sells the whole movie. Susan Sarandon makes for a stunning evil queen, and goodness-knows Patrick Dempsey can do no wrong in the eyes of the ladies, even if his performance here is a little wooden.
The ending battle scene with the evil queen is a little intense, so I think we’re going to wait before showing it to our daughter, but in another year or two she’s going to love this one. And the giggles and smiles from my wife the whole time definitely added to my enjoyment.
I’m still surprised to be writing this, but if there’s any childlike wonder left in your heart, even though you know Enchanted deserves to be terrible, it isn’t.
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