So, I just saw Enchanted, and I have to admit it was...enchanting. Which is of course silly, predictable thing to say, entirely lacking in originality yet sweet, and as such a perfect description. The internal logic here is -at best- flawed, the performances are over the top, the bits with the henchman don't quite work and yet....I can't bring myself to hate on this movie. I might even have to give it 4 out of 5 stars when I review it, because this film made me remember what it was like to see Cinderella for the first time.

Like almost all animation films nowadays - and don't let the trailer fool you, this is animation, in almost every frame, despite the fact that there are live actors involved - this film tries to balance two audiences. There are even two audience substitutes here: McDreamy is the cynic rolling his eyes for us, but (like us) ultimately swept along, and his daughter is there for all the pre-teen girls who are sure to flock to this in numbers. And they won't be the worse for it: some jokes will go over their heads but none of them are crude, and the film even has a nice emancipatory vibe, without pushing its message on you.

You have to wonder though: do these kids even get all the references? I mean, have they ever seen a non-postmodern fairytale? Irony's all good and well, but I remember reading through a book of Grimm fairytales half my weight when I was a kid, and there's a power to those stories that Shrek and his followers can't quite equal. And while James Marsden sending himself up is a hoot (at one point, his helper asks "Sire. Do you like yourself?" and Marsden dryly answers "what's not to like?"), Susan Sarandon isn't likely to inspire quite as many nightmares as Snow White's evil Queen did.


cjKennedy said...

When I first saw the trailer for this thing, I was convinced it was going to be the disaster of the year where Disney finally sold out Walt completely with a complete, post-modern Shrekification of all that used to be good about the company.

But then I kept hearing it was pretty damn good. And I DO like Amy Adams. Alot.

So I guess I'm going to see it. I hope you (and others) are right about it.

Hedwig said...

Hey! I'm kind of afraid of getting your hopes TOO high up. I mean, this is a charming, wholly inoffensive, light little film, and the more expectations the worse it will probably be... I liked it though. And I will stand by that.

cjKennedy said...

Don't worry Hedwig, beyond an exaggerated affection for Amy "Junebug" Adams, my expectations of Enchanted remain modest. And that's ok. "Charming, inoffensive and light" can make for a nice evening at the movies all by themselves.

Not everything has to rock my cinematic universe.