For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Time Travel Movies, here’s a review of Enchanted (2007) by Kim of Tranquil Dreams
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Abbi of Abbiosbiston.com We will be reviewing our favorite Alternate Love Story movies. In order to get a better idea as to what this genre might include, check out this post by Abbi from last year. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of November by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Abbi!
Let’s see what Kim thought of this movie:
Director: Kevin Lima
Cast: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel
Giselle is a girl living in the fairy tale world Andalasia. One day, she meets her charming prince, Prince Edward and is ready to get married. But, the Prince Edward’s stepmother, Queen Narissa is jealous and scared that she will lose her throne so she concocts a potion and cons Giselle into falling into that well that sends her to another place and time. This place is the extremely busy Manhattan, New York where unlike the fairy tale world’s belief in true loves and happily ever afters, especially in the case of Robert, a divorce lawyer with a daughter who is getting ready to propose to his girlfriend, Nancy. As the Prince and the Queen’s servant also falls through to try to retrieve Giselle and kill her respectively, it becomes a wild goose with some song and dance and some magic.
Enchanted is a true joy to watch. Its a feel good movie through and through. Its also the first movie that I ever saw of Amy Adams and just made me have a giant girl crush. Sure, its Disney and it plays on various princess combined together to make Giselle, like Snow White in particular comes to mind. The animation parts are rather not abundant and is only a bit in the beginning and various parts here and there. Its a funny little family suitable romantic comedy full of upbeat songs. Plus, our two men here are rather handsome guys with Patrick Dempsey playing the modern New York Robert who is slightly cynical but grows to embrace what true love and fairy tales is and James Marsden playing Prince Edward from Andalasia who really is quite empty and while believing the concept, doesn’t quite grasp anything too deep. Then, I can’t avoid talking about Susan Sarandon as the evil stepmother, Queen Narissa who is a family-friendly sort of evil but still very entertaining to watch.
We’re here to talk about Enchanted as a time travel movie though. As a time travel movie, its a weird one but one that kind of does work. I’ve always been one to like a movie, especially from animation fantasy world to the real world. The character that goes through this warp always offers up some humor because they now have to experience something that we know in our everyday lives or vice versa. Its the contrast in the two spaces that differs in their point of views (in this case, its the belief in true love and happily ever afters) and just adapting to a new world and lifestyle that is more complex than the simple innocent world that the fairy tale land provides.
Overall, Enchanted is a feel good, funny, musical, slightly touching into the time travel area between fantasy and reality sort of movie. Plus, it has a wonderfully talented cast that really takes on their roles passionately, especially the lovely Amy Adams. For all those reason, Enchanted embraces the new world with a complete awesomeness and fits right into this month’s Genre Grandeur selection for movies relating to time travel.