**** out of five
Directed by Kevin Lima
Starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, and James Marsden
Pour a cup of Shrek and a cup of Elf into a blender. Add a teaspoon of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and three tablespoons of The Little Mermaid. Then, throw in a pinch of Timothy Spall, who seems to be the villain’s sidekick in every movie these days. Liquefy.
That’s Enchanted, and it tastes delicious. Yes, it’s a romantic comedy, so I’ll be devoting the rest of this space to convincing all our male readers to see it. No, don’t put the paper down! That’s better. Guys, Enchanted is a good movie, and I’ll tell you why.
Remember seven years ago, when Shrek came out and made fun of all those Disney movies you grew up watching? Well, Enchanted is a Disney self-parody in a similar vein. Writer Bill Kelly highlights the bizarre aspects of fairy tales by taking five characters, the princess (Adams), the prince (Marsden), the villain (Susan Sarandon), her sidekick (Spall), and the funny little animated chipmunk, and throwing them into the real world.
The theater was packed with people of all ages, and they all seemed to love the movie. There are jokes for the kids, jokes for the adults, and the impressive animation to be expected from Disney. Particularly, the CGI used on aforementioned chipmunk Pip is, as the stranger sitting next to me remarked, “Amazing.”
In summary, Enchanted isn’t just a chick flick or a kiddy flick. It’s a...um…everyone flick. Yeah. So everyone go see it.