This movie isn’t in Empire’s Top 500 as I think the movie was released a few months after the list was made. Its just such an amazing movie, its definitely in my top 10 favourite films ever. I almost know all the words, very close! Just a few more watches and I’ll know them! Its such a magical film that leaves me feeling so happy! For those who don’t know, this movie is about Giselle [a soon-to-be (Disney) princess] movie from 2D Disney world to real world New York. It kind of makes fun out of the classic Disney movies with the princesses [which I still love at 19] but at the same time is almost like a tribute to them. It points out the flaws in them but also highlights what’s so awesome about them.
It begins with the ultimate happy-film actress, Julie Andrews as our narrator. She tells us the classic plot of a wicked step-mother who wants to keep her crown from her step-son. Its all in fabulous 2D in all its beautiful 2D glory! I don’t mind the 3D that every movie is shown in now-a-days but there’s just something magical about Disney 2D, it makes me feel like a little kid again.
Giselle is such a sweetheart! A lovable, ignorant soon-to-be princess. Its all about finding her one true love and true love’s kiss for her. She breaks into instant song about True Love’s Kiss with the help of the classic woodland creatures. There is one line of the lyrics to the song that already take a little stab at the Disney movies; “For lips are the only things that touch.” Aha. Ahahahahahahahahaha.
“Oh, it’s you.” “Yes, it’s me. And you are?” “Giselle.” “Oh, Giselle! We shall be married in the morning!” My favourite line of this entire movie. It just sums up the ‘romance’ in Disney movies perfectly.
The Evil Queen looks just like Susan Sarandon! The animation of them looking like their actors is spot on.
Our non-Disney leading man is a lawyer which is just genius! Disney is all about love, marriage and happily ever after! There’s never divorce! Its just so perfect!
Amy Adams, oooo this is why I love this lady! She’s got the Disney princess attitude and presence perfectly! Everything from her voice to the way she moves her arms. Seriously, they could not of casted her more perfectly. Sorry to use the same word twice but she truly is perfect for this role! She’s totally believable! I know this may sound weird but her performance, I feel, is almost Oscar worthy! I know, it sounds weird but go with me on this. She becomes someone completely different and I totally believed her, isn’t that what acting is all about! Becoming someone else! Honestly, the film people shouldn’t of just thrown this movie away because of what its about, Adams gave a truly remarkable performance as this lost princess. And she wore a pretty dress.
I think one of the reasons I love this movie so much is that its all about taking people out of their comfort zones. Giselle is taken from the happy land where nothing goes wrong to New York City ‘where there are no happily ever afters’. She’s so out of place which is really shown when she’s in the middle of the New York crowd and they’re all rudely pushing past her and she’s screaming for help in her big poofy [gorgeous] white dress. And the leading man is out of his zone because nothing is about fairytales and happy endings in his world, its all about fact and truth. The two collide but it ends so positively! We need to step out of the comfort to experience life.
To really show the difference between Disney-world and real-world, Giselle falls from a billboard [she thinks it’s a castle, bless] and lands on the lawyer and she says “ow!” like she’s really shocked that it hurt! Because in Disney-land, you never get hurt, you just bounce off the grass.
Lawyer’s daughter is so cute. She’s 6 and every 6 year old wants to be or meet a princess so its so sweet that she gets all excited about Giselle but it does show us more that her dad doesn’t like fairytales and wants his daughter to remember that they’re not the truth. Its quite sad, really, you should let kids dream. And let them discover on their own about certain things.
The Prince is a bit full of himself but you forgive him because he’s never known any different. He’s played fantastically by James Marsden. The prince’s aren’t really given much personality but I feel that this is an exaggerated version of what the prince would be like. He’s pure comedy gold and the source of most of my laugh-out-loud moments. He’s a bit dumb and more ignorant that Giselle making him, combined with New York, hilarious. Oh, and he keeps referring to everyone as ‘peasants’, I don’t know why that makes me laugh so much. I might try that in college, see if I can get away with it because I’m English.
I remember me and my mum went to see this at the cinema back in England and we left the theatre so happy and I think we just kept smiling and humming for the rest of the day! Anyways, one of my mum’s favourite scenes is when Giselle [in New York] summons some animals to help her clean up. But they’re not the cute little woodland critters she’s used to. Oh no. They’re New York animals. They’re rats, pigeons, flies and cockroaches! “So friends, even though you’re vermin” is one of the lines in the next song, Happy Working Song. All the songs in this movie are really catchy, even though there’s only 3 [or 4 if you include the waltz song but we’ll get to that later]. That’s another great thing about this movie, the songs! They’re so happy and catchy and I have them on my iPod!! I love being able to sing along whilst I’m watching the movie! Anyways, my mum also likes it when Giselle makes dresses out of the curtains and carpets. They’re very pretty dresses!
I love that Giselle sees all kinds of things as beauty. She sees a statue of a very fat woman and she freezes saying “she’s beautiful”. Its quite touching and I’m sure it made a few member of the audience happy.
When Giselle learns about divorce she’s so upset! “What sort of awful place is this?” to which the lawyer replies “Its reality.” So sad.
The whole “married after a day” comes back up again as Giselle and the lawyer- sorry, lets call him by his character’s name Robert- discuss how long its taken each of them to ‘get married’. It takes Giselle a day and Robert 5 years. Robert also tells her about dating which she finds to be very strange. Its all very well scripted and exactly how you could imagine a conversation with a Disney princess to go. And every conversation with a princess ends in song! So we have our last and final song sung by Giselle, How Does She Know. It’s the most catchy of the songs and something all men should maybe take a little note of; you may love her but how does she know unless you show her somehow. The whole scene with the song shows you all the great things about Central Park, all the entertainment that you can get there; little advert for the place, really.
OMG another of my favourite moments is when the prince hears Giselle singing again and goes “Giselle!!!” and then bites his knuckles. I know, it sounds a bit weird but trust me, its so hilariously done.
Robert doesn’t believe in fairytales because of his loss. You start to feel sorry for the guy rather than hate him for not letting his daughter be a child.
Adams and Patrick Dempsey have fantastic chemistry together. There is a scene where she’s touching his chest and OMG the sparks just fly like mad!!! That’s another thing that makes this movie work so well, their chemistry.
I loooove Evil Queen’s evil entrance! Its so awesome!!! And her costume is awesome! And her heels are awesome!
I thought it was incredibly clever to have Giselle wearing a ‘normal’ dress to the ball, whilst everyone else dresses up in ‘her’ clothes. However, I don’t like the choice of dress. It doesn’t suit Adams at all.
So Close by Jon McLaughlin is one of my favourite songs ever. Its so incredibly beautiful and makes up for Giselle’s crap dress. And the way they dance to it! Takes me back to Beauty and the Beast! Honestly, this song can make me cry if I want it to.
We come back to the whole “I’ve only know her a day” thing. However, for some bizarre reason, I don’t roll my eyes at it! There is something so believable about Giselle and Robert. They actually made me believe that they had fallen in love even after only a day of knowing each other. Its amazing! I don’t know how they did it!
And they all lived happily ever after.
Now, even though this review is long enough as it is and has probably bored you, I just want to make a little list of things you should look out for [courtesy of IMDB]:
The bus driver’s hair is shaped like Mickey Mouse’s ears, as well as the green pepper slices on the pizza Robert and Giselle are served at the Bella Notte restaurant.
When the prince searches Robert’s building for Giselle, one of the doors he knocks on is for apartment 714, which is the area code for Orange County, where the original Disneyland park is located.
The actresses who provided the voices for previous animated Disney princesses make appearances in the film: Jodi Benson (‘Ariel’ in The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast), and Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas). Also, Julie Andrews, who starred as the title character in Disney’s live-action Mary Poppins (1964), provides her voice here as the Narrator.
Cathleen Trigg’s character’s name is Mary Ilene Caselotti. This is a tribute to Mary Costa, the voice of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1959), Ilene Woods, who did the voice of Disney’s Cinderella (1950), and Adriana Caselotti, the voice of Disney’s first princess, Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
The law firm where Robert works is Churchill, Harline and Smith, the surnames of the songwriters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Two of the elderly men dancers appeared in West Side Story together and another appeared in Mary Poppins as a chimney sweep.
A number of non-singers make their singing debuts in this film, including Patrick Dempsey. The only main character who does not sing is Nancy, played by actress Idina Menzel – who has two Tony award nominations and one win for Broadway musical singing roles.
During the scene in which Robert and Giselle take the elevator to his upstairs apartment, there is a brief moment where the camera zooms in on the elevator floor display, which bares a startling resemblance to the elevator floor display at the Tower of Terror Attraction in the Disney Theme parks. It even goes from floors 1 through 12.
Hailing from Andalasia, Giselle displays similar traits to the Disney Princesses; director Kevin Lima describes her as “about 80% Snow White, with some traits borrowed from Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty… although her spunkiness comes from Ariel of The Little Mermaid.”
From the scene where Nathaniel masquerades as a Yellow Cab driver, Nathaniel’s call-in helpline denotes a radio station on the frequency 1410 AM. 1410 is the same AM station of Radio Disney.
SPOILER: At the beginning, Giselle is creating a mannequin of her ‘true love’. The outfit it is wearing is never worn by the prince – but it is worn by Robert at the ball, near the end of the film. The dress Giselle is wearing during this scene is same color and design as the dress she wears at the ball.
SPOILER: In traditional Disney films, the main female character usually makes a transition from being an ordinary woman into becoming a Princess by the end of the film. In Enchanted the character of Giselle is a future Princess who makes the transition to becoming an ordinary modern woman.
Also, this isn’t something for you to spot but it’s a nice little fact that I like to repeat to people to make myself feel smart: Disney had originally planned to add Giselle to the Disney Princess line-up, as was shown at a 2007 Toy Fair where the Giselle doll was featured with packaging declaring her with Disney Princess status, but decided against it when they realized they would have to pay for life-long rights to Amy Adams’ image.
Sorry. End of review. You can tell I love this movie, can’t you! Please, I beg you to see it if you haven’t already. And if you have, watch it again! Have fun!!