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Is Disney's ENCHANTED enchanting?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now, we've gotten some pretty leafy reviews for Disney films in the past and this one might be another one to add on to that pile, but it does jibe with what I've heard about ENCHANTED. The trailer is a little sweet, but it also looks really damn cheesy. However, I've heard from many insiders that the script is incredibly smart and funny and the film will be a big surprise. I hope so. I like the idea and it'd be good to see a good family film that works for more than just the 3 year olds again. Here's the review from an early screening. Keep in mind it is possible this is not the final version of the flick. Enjoy!

Hi Quint, Saw your comment about Enchanted and though you might like to hear this: I live in London; last week the Husbando and I went to see Bourne Ultimatum (good, but I still like Supremacy best), as we were staring at the refreshments board trying to figure out if we would need to re-mortgage the house for some popcorn, a man with a clipboard walked up and asked if we wanted to come to a free movie. Free movie? we asked, suddenly very interested. He explained that he worked for a research group doing a screening of a new Disney film to see how to market and edit it. He handed us a flyer and sure enough it was for 'Enchanted'. I'd seen the trailer for it before Harry Potter and dismissed it as something I wasn't going to see but see above re: free movie. It was then that Mr Clipboard mentioned who was in the film and I was actually interested. So we called the magic number and got ourselves seats for the screening. I still figured that it would be one of those typical Disney films that you only really go to see because it is your 8 year old niece's birthday and she has cornered the market on Disney Princess merchandise. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not going to go into detail -but I don't really need to. The film is typically Disney - but typically GOOD Disney. Say what you like, you have to admit that when Disney does something well, they do it REALLY well and this is no exception. Amy Adams is spot on as the animated princess turned real. I've loved her since Drop Dead Gorgeous and she is the primary reason I decided to see this. James Marsden (who I could only ever previously describe as 'wooden') proved that he is capable of turning out a really good comic performance as the charming Prince Edward. If I were his agent, I would seriously consider sending him out for more comic stuff in the future. Both of them manage to make their animated characters work, right down to their body language which carries over from the animated version into the real world and is the primary reason that the characters don't degenerate in parody. They move like animated people and it works. My one complaint about the film is that Susan Sarandon doesn't move like her animated counterpart and it makes her Queen Nerissa too camp. The movie takes some standard fairy tale conventions (helpful talking animals, a supply of beautiful gowns for the peasant-turned-princess, etc) and turns them on their heads. The musical numbers are few but funny and the ending you expect, while still there, is satisfying when it comes. The cut I saw was pretty long, and I'm sure that this will be trimmed for eventual release, but there isn't a lot there that NEEDS to come out, and I'd probably go see it again when it comes out, just to see what they do cut. Husbando, who only agreed to go because it was free and I insisted, enjoyed it as well. Saying that while he wouldn't have gone without me, he would probably recommend it to other couples, ones with or without children, as a good night out. All in all, I would say that if there is anything in the Disney animated back catalog that you enjoyed, almost regardless of how old you were when you saw it, Enchanted is worth seeing. If you use this, call me Bug.

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  • Sept. 14, 2007, 3:43 a.m. CST

    'First' Ban in opperation

    by FILMFUNK

    :o)

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Just got back from Disneyland

    by FILMFUNK

    and be damned if you don't have a huge sugarush grin on yer face the whole time you're there!<P>Place is made of magic mushrooms and re-egnited my inner youngling. will no-doubt be catching this one with my little uns.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 4:24 a.m. CST

    'Enchanted', you fucking douche editors! With an N

    by darrenspool

    Get it right, fucktards!

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 4:48 a.m. CST

    hmmmmmmmm

    by barnaby jones

    I'll admit that its a good premise.However the trailer looked like shit and i sense someone from Disney has green fingers.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Darrenspool...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... relax, fuckface. He mistyped it one time. You act like he broke into your house and punched your wife. <P>It's amazing how some of you look for things to jump on someone about. "Douchebag"? Really?

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 5:06 a.m. CST

    I still doubt that it will be better than Sky High!

    by DerLanghaarige

    No sarcasm here. Sky High rules! Hooray for Schooley & McCorkle!

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Alan Menken will win his 9th Oscar for this!

    by Musicballs

    Or will Marc Shaiman beat him!

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 6:37 a.m. CST

    James Marsden

    by teethgnasher

    Great actor. I hope to see him in lots of movies.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Sky High was actually good.

    by teethgnasher

    Hell, it had Bruce Campbell in it.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 6:59 a.m. CST

    It's "Husband," not "HusbandO"! You f'in douchebags!

    by Abin Sur

    Oh wait, I sound like an idiot.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Marsden breaks into your house and punches your wife

    by Mike_D

    then has a beer.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Amy Adams does lovable well

    by PullMyFinger

    No objections whatsoever if wifey wants to take me to see a movie she is in, which I'm sure she will because of the Dempsey factor.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Darrespool: AKA Husbando

    by Diagnostic

    And my wife wouldn't/couldn't make me go see this. <br> :P

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Marsden is the best

    by red_weed

    wooden? I don't think so, i just saw him in hairspray. He's great in everything, I'll watch anything he's done. I look forward to this too. 2d cel animation returns! if only briefly and to be the subject of satire! But hey! I'll take it how i can. The rest of the movie looks like fun I guess.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    We'll See

    by Great Ceasers Ghost

    I am going to see a Disney sponsored preview of this next week and as far as I am aware it is the finished article, will let you know. They are also going to be showing bits of upcoming “attractions” like Flashbacks of a Fool and There Will Be Blood so it should prove interesting…

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    I just want to see the hand-drawn animation

    by Osmosis Jones

    Plus, the scene where Cyclops gets run over by a pack of bycyclists while singing made me laugh.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Alan Menken and Marc Shaiman will both lose.

    by Clonetrooper

    They will both lose best original song to Glen Hansard. Or there is no justice in the world.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Marsden needs a starring role

    by Doc_Strange

    I hope that if somehow they do another Xmen, they find a way to revive Cyclops and give him a role as large as Jackman's, hell, they should make him the central character tryng to bring back Jean while Logan is off on his own film. I think Marsden is underrated as an actor and would be great as a leading man.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    DarrenSpooge, you're right....

    by Otter

    It is "Nchanted". Can't these Douchebags spell?

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Amen, clonetrooper, amen

    by gruntybear

    Although, I'm a bit concerned that "Falling Slowly" may not qualify for the Oscar, since wasn't it originally written for a Frames album and not specifically for the film?

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Gruntybear

    by PantherMatt

    No, "Falling Slowly" was originally recorded for the Glen Hansard/ Marketa Irglova album "The Swell Season" as were a few other of the tunes from "Once". However, I think the title track (which only plays over the credits stands a pretty good chance of winning. Or "Leave" or "When Your Mind's Made Up" (although I'm not sure if those two were previously recorded for other records. Regardless, "Once" should get the Oscar. What a wonderful movie. Also, I'm marginally interested in this "Enchanted/ NChan'TED/ Encanted/ Whatever" flick...

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    wow, we know the musicals don't we?

    by liljuniorbrown

    Not judging I just didn't expect to see that kind of banter on this site. I on the other hand despise musicals, the only musical worth viewing is The Blues Brothers and I don't consider it a musical. The Oscars considered Walk the Line as a musical but they were dead wrong.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I like me some Amy Adams....

    by BizarroJerry

    I loved how she made the most out of her little part in Talladega Nights. Her freak-out in the bar in that movie was great. And turned me on a bit... Still, she seems like a good choice for a Disney princess. And, Filmfunk, I've been to Disney WORLD recently, and I felt the same way as you. Also, the women they have portraying the various princesses there are generally hot.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    the return of

    by howlermonkey

    2d princess boobs

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Marsdan knocked me over in "Hairspray"

    by Smerdyakov

    up 'til then, I thought he was a good looking guy doomed to play "The Baxter" in other people's movies. If Marsdan can do it, maybe there's home for James Franco and Hayden Christianson.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    JuniorBrown

    by PantherMatt

    As a hater of musicals myself, I strongly recommend "Once". It's a film about musicians, so there are many songs in it (like Walk The Line) but the songs also help illuminate the story, unlike Ray or Walk The Line, or Blues Brothers. Go see it. It's great

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Hey Smerdyakov!

    by AndrewWanKenobi

    It's Hayden Christensen, you fucking douchebag! ;)

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    AndrewWanKeobi

    by Smerdyakov

    You bull's pizzle. Go eat your mother's diseased pussy.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Just kidding!

    by Smerdyakov

    Actually, I love her pussy.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I HATE ENCHANTED!

    by nucahx

    I hope this movie burns in hell for that crap that they pulled in the trailer. What in the hell was that stuff with the black bus driver? Why is it when she gets out of the bus every step she makes sounds like a goddamn T-REX, she has a BARELY manicured afro, she ways about 250lbs, and she does the old "oh no you didn't routine". I was so insulted when I saw this trailer in front of Ratatouille. This movie is being marketed and sold to children and that type of stereotypical BULLSHIT is just plain unacceptable. Flame me if you must but you know it's true. SHAME ON YOU DISNEY!

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    LOL

    by nucahx

    WAYS 250 lbs... man i really am pissed... weighs bout 250 lbs

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Boy, this is Marsden's year.

    by AnnoyYou

    I too had written him off as a colorless prettyboy (well, that's what his Cyclops was in all the X-Men films), but he really was terrific as Corny Collins in "Hairspray" (he's so great in musical comedy I almost thought he was gay, but then I realized I was conflating him with his look-alike John Barrowman). Couple that with what seems to be a very funny role in "Enchanted" and I guess everyone will have to view him differently now. Like, as an accomplished comic actor and singer. Who knew.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    nucahx must be a troll or a fake identity...

    by Frijole

    If he/she isn't, then I weep for his/her miserable life.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 3 p.m. CST

    nucahx:

    by Playkins

    If I had a dime for anytime EVERYONE of any particular race perpetuated a stereotype, I'd be a rich man. While you're on you soapbox, why don't you complain about "DEPARTED" portraying the Irish as untrustworthy, drunken brutish criminals?

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Wait, she's camp for NOT moving like a cartoon?

    by Drath

    I guess that only makes sense if you've seen the movie. I would think the credit for that kind of detail goes to the animators for capturing the live action movements of the actors and not the other way around. Not that I want to take away from the praise Cyclops is finally getting (bring him back as lead in X4 NOW!), but those are strange points. Also, I didn't think the trailer looked really smart, it just looked fun. It looks like someone combined The Swan Princess with the Princess Diaries, which means it'll be cute but hardly "REALLY" good.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Amy Adams lesbian scenes removed from youtube!

    by Musicballs

    There were clips on youtube from a movie called "Standing Still" where Amy Adams has her belly fondled and kissed by a lesbian but now they've all mysteriously been taken down because Disney can't have their Enchanted Princess engaging in such behavior on a big public site like youtube.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by CherryValance

    From the trailer I knew I'd probably like it. But then again, I'm beginning to think I'm the resident cheeseball around here.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Oh BOO HOO HOO a stereotype has offended

    by Yeti

    someones delicate sensabilities and aggravated their superficial inferiority complex. Quick someone call the "Ministry of Someone Hurt My Feelings" so we can have a public inquest!

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 8:14 p.m. CST

    ditto on falling slowly better win

    by nochez

    ps it just hit the torrents wed. with a screener.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Kurzinski Valentine:

    by Playkins

    He's an ACTOR. You're surprised? I don't care who you're talking about, they're all big bags of sleaze.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Who Decided...

    by TheBladehelm

    That a brief autobiography should precede a film review? Although the 60% of the paragraphs that dealt with the movie in question were informative, to be frank, no one really cares about the circumstances surrounding a visit to the theater.<br><br>A very small line describing that it was a preview screening and that the review is of an unfinished movie could possibly be a good aside, maybe a brief description of the crowd present (as the people you watch a movie with can sometimes change the experience) but leave out the other movies you've been to, who you went to the movie with, why you decided to go to the movie, what you had for breakfast the morning before the movie, and on and on an on, skip over that shit and just get to the part about whether or not we should drop any money to watch the film in question.<br><br>Maybe I am wrong, maybe people love the little slices of life that often come with reviews here at AICN, but something tells me that's not the case.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Goddamn

    by darrenspool

    Just pointing out a minor spelling error + it is a very interesting review which had its title purposely misspelt as 'Enchated' to turn people off reading it. Maybe next time you would judge this film as 'PLANT' just because someone liked it. Fuckers.

  • Sept. 15, 2007, 4:42 a.m. CST

    darrenspool...

    by hefferee

    glad you stopped sucking cow tits for a minute to enchant us with a rebuttal. okay, you can go back now...

  • Sept. 15, 2007, 5:41 a.m. CST

    I will watch Marsden in any comedy role after Superman

    by half vader

    Returns making-of webdocs. He does a pretty mean Bryan Singer! It's not his fault he went out like a bitch in X-Men. Also if he's in more stuff maybe I'll finally stop consfusing his name with James Franco for some reason.

  • Sept. 15, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    God Moriarty

    by James Westfall

    That's the funniest shit I can remember you throwing down here at AICN. I forgive you for your overreaction to Rush Hour 3 now. :)

  • Sept. 15, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Aww, Hell, Moriarty, let's all just get

    by Boober

    hip with the trend and just type RFF anytime someone slobs the idiot knob and then decides to type before thinking.

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Amy Adams Had Me At 'Demon Cobra'

    by skoobyx

    In her 'Talladega Nights' monologue. Be nice if she gets some more work.

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Plant or not, the opening paragraph tells me all i need

    by George Newman

    Plant or not, the opening paragraph tells me all i need to know about this reviewer. <p> "Husbando" <p>SUPREMACY being the best Bourne flick.