Enchanted – the film that taught us how to find true love’s kiss, that in reality one can live ever ever after, and that love really does conquer all once one becomes so close.
It is a happy go lucky film that never fails to disappoint and capture me whenever I watch it. It truly is Disney’s own film as it brings together some of the most timeless classics that we all cherish. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, right up to Beauty and the Beast, and even including the 50th animated feature film Tangled, it truly draws us in to a world filled with music, fairy tales, and magic.
Pushed from the animated land of Andalasia, Giselle tumbles down the rabbit hole and comes out in New York, a city bustling with people who don’t believe in the concept of happy endings. Completely by chance, she meets Robert and his daughter Morgan, and destines to change the course of all their lives forever. Through the mixture of music and pure stubbornness they learn the truth about love and the morals behind our beloved fairy tales, without even truly knowing or understanding what is happening.
I usually dislike parodies so what makes Enchanted different? Well it’s easy. It’s the combination of everything that makes Disney great. Cheery music written by Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz, the fairy-tale beginning and ending with the open and closed story book, references to many Disney stories I’ve loved since childhood, great sidekicks and villains, and the small details I pick up with each watch that entice me to come back for more. It’s not everyday that Disney parodies itself, nor creates a film that encompasses the beauty, the messages, and the feel-good environment that is replicated in the theme parks, and yet is profound at the same time.
It comes off as cheesy and comedic when fantasy and reality first collide, something that Amy Adams as Giselle does fantastically well, but once the two worlds and their corresponding characters begin to influence each other, there are some surprising alterations that make this story and Disney romance match that of any other.
At the end of the day you can say what you like about it, but we’re not going to find another film that’s on the same page. Whatever Disney’s original intentions were with Enchanted, there’s no denying that they’ve successfully created a film worthy of the Disney name.
To finish, here are some of my favourite quotes from the film:
Giselle – “You… are not a very nice old man!”
Giselle – “I’m going to the ball. I do not know what I should do or what I should wear, and I don’t know where I can find a fairy godmother at this late hour.”
Robert – “Now you’re beside me and look how far we’ve come. So far, we are, so close.”
Queen Narissa – “Let’s begin with the girl who started it all.”
Queen Narissa – “Both spiteful, vindictive, very large but never crazy… Oh my this is a twist in out story. It’s the brave little princess coming to the rescue. I guess that makes you the damsel in distress, huh handsome.”
Enjoy! and have a brazzle dazzle day!