Last night after we finished decorating the house and gorging ourselves on meatball sandwiches, we took the kids to see Enchanted. And, enchanting it was.
It was far more than just an along-for-the-ride-at-a-kids'-movie experience. It was a full-fledged delightful romantic comedy in its own right.
Milking heavily from classic (particularly the Disneyfied versions) fairy tales such as Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty -- the movie follows the trials and tribulations of Giselle as she is thrust by her jealous soon-to-be stepmother-in-law from the animated kingdom of Adalasia to the gritty reality of New York City.
The casting was delightful. Amy Adams and James Marsden are faced with the probably more difficult than it looks prospect of playing Giselle and her beloved Prince Edward. That they do so without the slightest bit of self-consciousness or irony makes the movie at all watchable. That they do so with the completely convincing naivete and innocence that fairy tale folk always posses -- pure magic (and very funny!).
There's plenty of slapstick for the kids, plenty of Menken/Schwartz tunes for the musically inclined (the production number in Central Park is rich and wonderful), and sappy romance enough for everyone.
Hope you enjoy it. We sure did. The kids are already asking when we can buy it. :)