Disney princess meets New York City equals Enchanted, the latest Disney concoction. It’s probably Disney’s best original movie in years, which isn’t saying much as Home on the Range and Brother Bear are really weak competition. It’s unusually witty for a Disney film, and I don’t believe there was a single fart joke in it. I know. Scary.
Giselle is a beautiful, typical Disney character in the animated world of Andalasia. Her voice alone summons cute little critters that help her clean daily. But she longs for a handsome prince. Meanwhile, Prince Edward is a handsome, typical prince, whose workout consists of slaying trolls. After a chance encounter, Giselle and Edward become engaged, to be married the next day. On the wedding day, the evil queen, jealous of Giselle, pushes her down a portal, into the fantastical, yet very different land of…New York City.
She wanders the streets, asking for directions to the castle and where her handsome prince is. After falling off a castle-decorated billboard, she is caught by Robert, a widower lawyer with a daughter obsessed with princesses. Meanwhile, Edward and his chipmunk sidekick Pip go through the portal to save Giselle. Robert is annoyed with Giselle’s stubborn “princess-y” thoughts, but develops a friendship with her. Now Giselle’s beginning to question if she even wants to go back.
What a witty, smart movie. Disney’s finally done a smart move – make a homage to the classic Disney princesses and mix it in with a good story. Amy Adams carries this movie, and does so with charm, beauty, and good acting. Enchanted doesn’t live up to it’s title, but it sure comes close. A-