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Saturday, December 29, 2007

I'm Enchanted by Enchanted, But...

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.


PJ Hoover said...

Got it - Sounds like a perfect plan for tomorrow!

Little Willow said...

I haven't seen this yet. When it was in pre-production, I was so hoping for a full-out musical. And yes, James Marsters can definitely sing! I've followed his career since the TV show Boogie's Diner, and he sang on the short-lived TV show Second Noah. I haven't seen Hairspray yet either. I think casting him with Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses is great, because they're both fun.

HipWriterMama said...

Hope you like the movie! I've got the song, "True Love's Kiss" imbedded in my brain--it's really cute. Happy New Year!

Little Willow,
We just picked up Hairspray and will hopefully watch it tomorrow. I'll let you know how it is. And 27 Dresses does sound like fun.

Happy New Year!

Felicity said...

I was so upset that Idina didn't sing.

sarah at thereadingzone said...

Idina did actually sing- her and James Marsden sang the title track. Sadly, it was cut from the final movie. It is supposed to be on the DVD though!


HipWriterMama said...

Thanks for visiting. Wouldn't it have been wonderful if Idina sang in the movie? She could've sang a ticked off girlfriend song, or a happy my boyfriend sent me flowers song, or...the possibilities are endless.

Happy New Year!

Thanks for visiting! Oohh! Idina and James Marsden sang a duet...and it was cut from the movie? Why, oh why? I just checked the CD cover, and it definitely wasn't on the soundtrack. For shame.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

You have great ideas for the musical soundtrack. Ever think of writing a musical?

Camille said...

I loved Enchanted. We had just been to see Golden Compass and were dispirited, having found it lacking when my daughter said, "Let's do a double feature and go see Enchanted." It was the perfect tonic, so much fun. It was fun to see Ariel and Belle.