The Stream: A bit annoying at times
The Big Screen: Fresh take on the typical fairytale story with a few laughs
The Final Bill: A nice family story with over the top musical and fairytale notes– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Adam Shankman
Writers: Brigitte Hales (screenplay by), J. David Stem (story by), David N. Weiss (story by)
Stars: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Runtime: 1 hour and 53 minutes
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Josephson Entertainment, Right Coast Productions
Platform: Disney+ released November 18, 2022
Coming to Disney+ Soon: Willow, National Treasure: Edge of History, If These Walls Could Sing, Peter Pan and Wendy, Iwaju
Hey, Streamers, fifteen years after Enchanted, Disney has brought Giselle’s happily ever after back to the silver screen in the new release, Disenchanted. This time around after a move from the big city and family changes, Giselle is questioning her happiness and inadvertently turns the lives of those in the real world and Andalasia upside down. Let’s see how this real-life fairytale turns out.
First and foremost, if you don’t like musicals, now you’ve been warned. Remember Enchanted? It had big musical numbers like typical musicals do. Now that I say that, I actually feel like Disenchanted is even more of a musical than the first movie. If you can’t get passed that, then this is going to be the longest 2 hours of your life. If you enjoy musicals, this movie gets pretty interesting. I personally fall somewhere in the middle. At times, I was like “this this is killing me” and “it’s taking forever” but other times I enjoyed the spectacle of the musical numbers. Probably the nostalgia of the old Disney movies helps. The costumes, sets and CGI are well done and so familiar to the typical Disney movie. Either way, the musical sets are grand and well performed. Speaking of good performances, Amy Adams was a super Disney Princess again and Maya Rudolph was just devilish. Idina Manzel can definitely belt out some tunes – no wonder “Let It Go” was so popular. Speaking of tunes, the writing was particularly clever.
Clearly, Streamers, this movie hinges on two categories, family flick and musicals. Disenchanted is a solid film that has a clever take on Disney Princess movies but is still slightly annoying. The sets, writing and cast are all well-done but might be too much singing for you. Grab a bowl of popcorn Musical fans and families looking for a cute princess/anti-princess movie. This is a good streaming option for you, but you don’t have to rush to it. For everyone else, the singing will definitely get annoying but if you fight through it, the irony and subtle jokes will get you through the movie with a handful of popcorn.