The film starts in a faraway land. An animated land named Andalasia to be exact, where there's talking animals and happy endings happen every day. The story is that the evil queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) wants the kingdom for herself and will get rid of anyone who she thinks wants her throne. That's why she hires an assistant, Nathanial (Timothy Spall) to make sure that her son, Prince Edward (James Marsden) never finds his true love by hunting trolls. He does hear the song of a peasant named Giselle (Amy Adams) who tells her animal friends about a dream she had where she saw her true love and waits for him to show up. He saves her from a troll and the next day are scheduled to marry. Disguised as an old woman, the queen banishes Giselle to a land where there are no happily ever afters: the real world. New York to be exact. After a rough night, a jaded but friendly lawyer named Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter Morgan, find Giselle and offer her to stay with them in their apartment. As she brings a little magic into their lives, Prince Edward shows up with one of Giselle's animal friends, a chipmunk named Pip (Jeff Bennett animated, Kevin Lima in the real world) to find her. Nathanial shows up to with orders to dispose of Giselle with poison apples. As Edward and Giselle spend time in the real world, they find that the cartoony way they acted before isn't logical to our world and find that their stationary roles that they had become accustomed to don't always have to be there all the time. So after a date, Giselle and Edward go to a ball, only to bump into Robert and his fiancee Nancy (Idina Menzel). Giselle and Robert dance to find that they really do love each other while Nancy and Edward start to bond. The queen shows up to wreck the party and kill Giselle, but Giselle manages to defeat her. In the end, Giselle, Robert, and Morgan live a happy life together in New York while Edward and Nancy decide to go back to Andalasia.
So how's Enchanted? Well, it does have a lot of good laughs, mostly from the performances. Amy Adams and Jason Marsden are especially funny. I smile whenever they're on screen. And I like the idea that even though our world forces reality on them, they can still force a little of their magic to our world. For example, they constantly break into song, animals help clean the house, and so on. I especially like the scenes when Giselle and Robert talk with each other in Central Park and she just breaks into song. It's a great scene.
|This part does get annoying when the queen quotes all the cliches...|