Well, I thought I'd hate it--a Disney production about a misplaced Cinderella/Snow White/ Sleeping Beauty type character. Nothing like oozing saccharine for the brain. But surprise, surprise. I adored the movie Enchanted.
First of all, there's Robert Phillip/McDreamy--Patrick Dempsy of Grey's Anatomy. Looking absolutely McDreamy. And I can't believe it--he's even dancing and whispering a song. Oh my.
Then there's Prince Edward/James Marsden--who I remember so well from Ally McBeal--playing the caricature of a slightly dim-witted but heroic prince. The camera zoomed in so well on his chiseled face...and on a totally different tangent, he can sing!
Let's not forget Narissa/Susan Sarandon, who does a magnificent job portraying strong women on film. She must have had fun playing the evil stepmother. Absolute, absolute fun.
And the heroine of the movie, Giselle/Amy Adams, who played the sweet princess-to-be stuck in the real world of New York City. She did a fantastic job hamming things up in the movie. What a great role!
There are a few parts of the movie I found lacking; however, since I don't want to give away any spoilers, I won't mention them. But overall, this is one enjoyable movie. Especially when you add the comic antics of Pip the Chipmunk, the funny spoofs, and witty comments.
But...the soundtrack is so, so disappointing. Don't even bother buying it. Even if your children wear down the inner lining of your brain that you can't even think any more. What a waste. And if you don't believe me, listen to the soundtrack yourself. There are 15 songs on this soundtrack...more than half--9 songs are made up of Disney type instrumental music...one of the instrumental compilations is over 10 minutes long. If this were an amazing symphony, it'd be one thing. But Disney instrumental music? And it's so sad since the vocalized songs that are on the soundtrack are lots of fun.
I would have loved an evil stepmother song by Susan Sarandon or a lovesick song by Nathaniel/Timothy Spall, who was full of unrequited love for the evil Narissa. And then to find out that Nancy Tremaine/Idina Menzel, who played a supporting role in the movie, is a Tony Award winner for her performance as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked....
Oh, well. Bottom line, go see the movie. You'll really enjoy it.