It has already been a while since the last time I went to the cinema with my parents. It will still be a while until I go to the cinema with my nephews to born (polite way to avoid referring to have my own children while encouraging my sister to rush). Nevertheless, I went and sat, mostly among parents and children, to enjoy a movie that has fairy tale written all over it.
After their come back from wherever they went, mainly due to the success of ratatouille (2007), Disney strikes back, once again, with a movie that reinvents, or at least tries, the way fairy tales are told, and show that in one single under two hours movie there is room for live action, traditional animation and computer generated imagery without getting indigestion. Kevin Lima’s cocktail mixes all the available ingredients and comes out with a movie that while inevitably cloying every now and then, is full of charm.
Giselle (Amy Adams) lives, and sings, in Andalasia, an animated world where animals talk, and sing. She is engaged to Prince Edwards (James Mardsen), who also sings, but in order to remain queen, his stepmother Queen Narisa (Susan Sarandon) sends her to the real, and cruel, world. There, she meets Robert Phillip (Patrick Dempsey), who does not sing, and learns, while waiting to be rescued by her charming prince, that in Manhattan there is much more than just happily ever afters.
Adams might be the keystone of enchanted. This is because no other actress before has looked like an animated princess as much as she does, which might not necessarily be a good thing. I even had my doubts about her nature. It makes one believe that she has really steeped out from cartoon. Nevertheless, the rest of the cast is, by no means, as charming as she is. They are not able to set themselves free from a tendency to overact, which on the other hand, should not surprise anyone in a movie like this, and will delight the children it is mainly made for. At least those who still keep their innocence.
Even though the format is innovative, it is not as much as one might think it is. In the end, what Lima delivers is a live action movie with computer generated animals, including a dragon with the voice of Sarandon, and a chipmunk that might perfectly be a relative of the ones from alvin and the chipmunks (2007). Traditional animation is only used in what turns to be an unattached but related prologue to the action, and then, sporadically, throughout the movie. Nothing to do with past things like cool world (1992) and who framed roger rabbit (1988). Here, traditional animation is just a source of characters to be thrown to the real world.
All in all, a charming movie with songs, a princess, a prince, a stepmother, a dragon, a little miss, a chipmunk and every other ingredient you would like to have in a fairy tale. Assuming you like fairy tales. Otherwise, and since it is made only for those who are going to go see it, you know what to do.
For the deadhours of those who proudly wear tiaras, speak to animals, and wait for them to answer.
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