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Enchanted


None March 13th, 2008

enchanted

2007

 

Disney's "Enchanted" sends a redheaded princess named Giselle (Amy Adams) from her cuddly animated kingdom to our world. Now flesh and blood, Giselle and her outlandishly large dress crawl out of a manhole and into a very scary and unwelcoming environment: New York City.

 

This fish out of water is saved from a fall by Robert (Patrick Dempsey), a divorce attorney/single dad with a cloyingly precocious daughter. Taking pity on Giselle, he takes her home, where many fine messes ensue, predictably.

 

Meanwhile, Prince Edward (Oklahoma native James Marsden) valiantly follows Giselle into the real world to attempt rescue, accompanied by Pip, an anthropomorphic chipmunk. Also taking the plunge: the evil queen (Susan Sarandon) and her bumbling servant (Timothy Spall).

 

Shenanigans aside, "Enchanted" is essentially a love story, but this storybook romance is missing one important chapter: the one that explains just why Robert falls for Giselle. Sure, she's cute, but her exuberance of the fairy-tale world comes off as mental illness in ours.

 

Adams gave one of the decade's great performances in 2005's "Junebug," for which she earned a richly deserved Academy Award nomination. "Enchanted" surely will raise her asking price, but frankly, she's a little annoying. Speaking in a high-pitched voice, breaking into song in public and treating every new experience as if it were dipped in glitter, she comes off like she should be sitting right alongside this movie's target in second grade.

 

"Enchanted" is not bad; it's just there. For all its flash and CGI and musical numbers, its parts don't amount to much. But it's inoffensive, and little girls will eat it up.

 

"”Rod Lott

 
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