Enchanted was released in 2007. (same year There Will Be Blood came out) It earned positive reviews from critics & movie goers alike. In addition to good reactions, it also made enough revenue at the box office. Enchanted went on to earn an Oscar nomination for “Best Original Song.” (That’s How You Know)
Since 2010, a sequel is in development. So far, it’s under pre-production with some of the cast slated to reprise their roles as long as their schedule wouldn’t interfere. Alan Menken (longtime Disney composer) is already brainstorming song ideas. Besides an overdue sequel in the works, Disney Plus’ “Secret Society Of Second Born Royals” starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee, known as the star of Andi Mack & also one of my favorite actresses, is currently streaming right now. I’ve decided to share what’s good or bad about one of my favorite Disney movies of all time, because it had a unique spin on a Disney Princess struggling to adjust in our reality.
Today’s review doesn’t contain no crucial SPOILERS. I’m giving a lot of youngsters a chance to watch this modern masterpiece. Does Enchanted still holds up? Well, time to find out my fellow movie goers.
Magical & Cursed Elements
Magical: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Timothy Spall & Susan Sarandon all did a great job for their respective performances.
Both Amy & James did their own singing. They deserve an Extra Point for all their hard work. Ashley Simpson ain’t got crud on Amy. Meanwhile, Ashley is crying in the shower calling herself a “disgrace” like Elmer Fudd. Y’all probably know she made a fool of herself on SNL lip-syncing.
Disney veteran composer Alan Menken did a good job composing music for the film.
Songs are very catchy. My favorite is “Thats How You Know.” This song definitely Bonus Points when Giselle and many New Yorkers were having a good time singing and dancing. It reminds me of The Little Mermaid’s “Under The Sea” (also one of my Disney favorite songs) with a reggae element mixing a classic old school tune.
The film is a self-parody of Disney classics. They don’t go overboard like Aaron Seltzer & Jason Friedberg (Seltzerberg) stupid parodies like “Date Movie,” “Epic Movie” & “Meet The Spartans.” The jokes were well written poking fun at Disney tropes. Especially an early hookup between two people. This cliche happened since Snow White.
Character Development involving Giselle, Robert, Edward & Nathaniel. As the story progresses, they began to adapt in various stages in both reality and fantasy.
Costume Designs were customized by skilled tailors to match what outfits reflects a character’s personality.
Unlike critically panned live action/animated movies “Rocky & Bullwinkle” & “Fat Albert,” Enchanted raises the bar on how to properly execute a “fish out of water” element on a cartoon character trying to adjust in our reality.
The 2D Animation depicted in the opening scene looks very polished. I’m curious to see Giselle’s world, inhabitants, factions, lore, or anything possibly connected to beloved animated Disney movies. Both “House Of Mouse” & the “Kingdom Hearts” series interconnect with various franchises so I would assume Enchanted is part of Disney’s DNA strand.
The humor contains visual gags, in-jokes and well written dialogue.
If you’re a true Disney buff dating back to Mickey Mouse’s “Steamboat Willie,” you’ll get a truckload of references/in-jokes.
If you have a keen eye, a billboard of “Superman Returns” is in the background. James Marsden also had a role as Lois Lane’s husband after Superman disappears to see if there’s any trace of surviving Kryptonians. Too bad Superman Returns turned out to be an epic disappointment. Until Amy Adams hooks up with Henry Cavill’s version of Emo Superman.
If you’re a fan of HBO’s “The Wire,” Isiah Washington Jr. (Clay Davis) has a minor role as a client who’s having a divorce. It’s a shame he can’t say his catchphrase due to the fact he’s in a kids movie.
Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins y’all) narrates the movie.
If you’re familiar which actress voiced a specific Disney Princess from the past. Jodi Benson, Paige O’Hara & Judy Kuhn make cameo appearances in the flesh. Wanna try to spot them with your eyes and ears to prove yourself worthy as a true Disney buff?
Cursed: I couldn’t find nothing wrong with this movie. I’m giving this The Cast & Crew an Extra Point for making a flawless movie as possible.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Enchanted still holds up as an instant classic and it remains as one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. Some of the good stuff I’ve listed, indicates why Enchanted is a masterpiece. If you want to introduce your kids to this gem, I strongly recommend it. I’m sick and tired of Disney remakes, all I want is an Enchanted sequel. Please Disney, get your act together and start making this sequel right now!