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Harry is ENCHANTED and turned into a preening 8 year old girl in a tiara!

Have you ever felt completely ENCHANTED by a movie? I have, many times and tonight at the screening of ENCHANTED, its spell wrapped me up from beginning to end and made me so blissfully happy and aglow. It’s a daring film to make – something that tries to marry the world of childhood wonder to the cynically bitter world of reality. But the filmmakers and producing team behind Disney’s ENCHANTED didn’t walk that line, they danced it, twirled around it, picked it up and sewed a perfect pattern of a movie that left me humming, singing and goofy in love. The film begins with an animated pop-up book fairy tale titled ENCHANTED… actually… it begins with the Walt Disney logo… that gorgeous, magical logo that they debuted with them Pirates. Remember the one? Well it begins with that, then zooms into the top window of the top tower of the Disneyland castle, where we find a book that Pop-Ups as it opens… Something modern and magical. Many times we’ve seen these books open before fairy tales from Disney, but here… Here the book pops open and begins to tell our tale as Julie Andrews narrates. Then – at one magical zoom into the Pop-up page we find our would-be princess of our tale. She’s constructing the prince of her dreams with the aide of the helpful forest animals. This is all animated in gorgeous, lush, beautiful classic 2D as only Disney does it animation. I have to say, I had no idea how much I missed their animation till the opening of this film…. And the writing, voice acting and the animation is so inspired and full of love that you can tell it was being made by animators that were pouring their all into it… demanding and screaming, “DAMMIT WE DESERVE TO EXIST, WE DEMAND IT!” and so many moments brought me and the audience to claps, cheers and laughs. All of this to Alan Menken’s genius music and song. Before the film played we had a brief costume contest made up of 4 Princesses and 1 Captain Hook that demanded he was a Pirate Zombie… (yes, that was my nephew) – and after that I had prizes left over – so I held an impromptu Disney Singing contest – and luckily had enough for them all. Two girls sang songs from Hannah Montana and HIGH SCHOOL THE MUSICAL -- which, the old fart in me demands and says, “THAT’S NOT DISNEY MUSIC,” but my heart knows different. However, the rest sang mostly songs created by Alan Menken… Aladdin, Little Mermaid and Pocahontas… I even sang a bit of Aladdin. And it didn’t result in ear damage. But there’s something magical about Menken and this is his best work since the passing of his partner Howard Ashman, may he rest in peace. Now – I’m not sure if you’re the ENCHANTED type – Do you love love? Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? Kiss under Mistletoe? Do you sing happy songs? Do you wish for less complicated times? Do you love watching Disney Animated Films? Ever find yourself singing, “I’m wishing… for the one I love…. To find me… Someday.”? Does Disneyland make you giddy or miserable? Ya know… I don’t know about that last one. You see, this summer, my wife and I went to Disneyland with my best man Roro and Tom Joad. Tom Joad was loving it, but Roro… about 3 hours in was looking for booze. He wasn’t in love with Disneyland – distracted by the cost for everything… But ya know what? Even RoRo McGrinch was ENCHANTED. SO maybe you don’t have to be the type. In fact – maybe, just maybe if you’re not the type, ENCHANTED might work even more. How could that be? Well – it starts with Amy Adams’ Giselle. I could swear I’ve never seen this woman before. Oh sure, I’ve seen every film she’s been in – and I’ve actually liked most of them… but her Giselle is a screen creation of such awesome wonder and joy… It’s like she’s on the best most wonderful drug known to man… one that doesn’t only give you the delusion that she’s a princess… but that she has AWESOME and INCREDIBLE Princess Powers. When she opens a window and “Aw Ha Awww Ha Awwwws” – and it’s like this snappy wake up call for critters of the world to follow her every wish. Like a Siren’s call to sailors to crash against the crags, but of pure innocence and love that the animals of the world lose their unto centuries of distrust for mankind and suddenly work hand in claw or paw with her. Or the absolute infectious power of her singing to make those around her join in… or just the radiant love she gives off that can heal all wounds. Giselle is always constantly in her special place, her wonderful world where you pine for love, believe in heroes and trust openly and earnestly. A friend told me after seeing this the other day, that they just wanted to take her home and bottle her.. so they could spray her from time to time to make the world a better place – and that’s exactly what she is… a ray of sunshine, the scent of cookies cooking and all other things that make you happy. What a blissfully perfect performance. THEN – there’s James Marsden who could not possibly be better as Prince Edward. Marsden has always landed the strong supportive characters that were never particularly designed to stand out. The writers on X-MEN through X3 never did nail what was great about that character, so Marsden never had the role that ultimately he had. This was mainly due to the strengthening of the Wolverine character. Then in his role in SUPERMAN RETURNS – he was very strong, but as a character that nobody wanted to have screen time, but he was really good. Here though… Marsden delivers perhaps the best comedic supporting character in film this year. His Prince Edward has been created to be HERO, SINGER and LOVE POWERED ANXIOUS TO BE MARRIED MAN. And he is absolutely killer. His face still seems animated, even as he enters the real world – mugging more than I dare say Bruce Campbell. It’s genuinely amazing to watch. I also absolutely love Timothy Spall as the Queen’s henchman who has been sent to bring back the Prince and/or kill Giselle. There has always been something about Spall that bugged me, that I never could put my finger on… However, after watching ENCHANTED – it became quite clear. Spall is not a real human being… he’s an animated henchman – a designed character actor at their height. As good as he is here in ENCHANTED, just wait till you see his performance in SWEENEY TODD – as the Judge’s henchman, he’s absolutely sublime. Then… perhaps the best actor in the whole film… Pip the Chipmunk… but not in Andalasia, but in New York. Director Kevin Lima provides the Chipmunk voice and he’s genius. That Chipmunk has a Gollum-esque routine he performs before a clueless Prince Edward that brought the house down… and all the time that I was watching the character – I was marveling at how I didn’t care for a second about it being CG, because there was genuine greatness at hand animating that character. I also love the chipmunk voice being both gibberish and yet perfectly understandable - which is both a complement to Director Lima’s voice work… as well as the brilliant animation being done for his character. I can only assume this is due to Tippett Studio’s focus on Character Animation or was it Weta Digital? Both companies worked on this – and across the board their work really shines – this isn’t just another film with Animal Effects… these animals are CHARACTERS first – and it really really shows. Now I haven’t really mentioned any of the REAL WORLD actors yet, and it isn’t because they’re not good, they are. Patrick Dempsey is dead on as the stick in the mud practical pappa that slowly warms to the possibly insane, yet oddly magical, adorable, radiant goddess that is Amy Adams in this film. Ultimately, he’s quite good, but his character’s daughter… Rachel Covey is the gateway character that every little girl in the audience is going to project themselves into being… and she’s golden. In the heart of every lady is a girl that dreamt of being a princess or at the very least of princesses. She instantly recognizes Giselle as who she is – and she sells our love and affection for Giselle as much as anything that Amy Adams does. The scene in Central Park… wow. The song number there.. “That’s How You Know” was my least favorite of the FILM songs on the Soundtrack – it just felt out of place with the two before it, but in context with the film – it is absolutely magical – and I just listened to it on CD and damn if I didn’t love it this time. I can just see everything that sources to the song and it’s fantastic. My favorite song is the “Happy Working Song” which is just so incredibly sweet and magic, yet subversively hilarious. When I listened to the soundtrack about 3 days ago – I noted that this would probably be the high-water mark of the film. That perfect sequence and damn if it didn’t deliver on every hope I had just listening to Amy Adams’ singing and Alan Menken’s lyrics and music. Alan really deserves so much of this success - his songs and then the underscoring with that magical Menken sound... frigging cold chills, the good kind! Upon the end of the film – as folks were leaving – they actually seemed to be GLOWING about the film. I’m utterly thrilled that this worked perfectly. I hope it’s a huge success for Disney… but at the same time – I hope that Disney doesn’t ruin what I truly feel is a great singular film – with needless sequels that I’ve heard is what’s planned. Instead, I’d do everything I could to end the Writer’s Strike – and get this team on making a Live Action LITTLE MERMAID with Amy Adams as Ariel – as fast as humanly possible with this directing team… and with Marsden as Prince Eric. IMMEDIATELY! There is an incredible market for Disney to do Live Action… HUGE BUDGET… Timeless Non-Ironic Tellings of the Princess tales. Going CG isn’t the route… bringing the classic Fairy Tales to life with the same sense of wonder and joy that they had as animated tales would be wonderful… you can see it work here, and it isn’t working because they left Fantasy land and came to New York… the work because the actors are earnestly invested in the characters and it is absolutely magic. Pure and simple. This movie deserves every success! If you feel a bit down about anything in life, go see this. If you have a family, take them. Going on a date? Dude.. I’m telling you, this is where to go! Absolutely Magic!

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  • Nov. 21, 2007, 1:48 a.m. CST

    And...

    by Muldoon

    the chick's dig it...

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Harry, of course I don't think you are always right...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...but you were 100% right on Sky High and Monster House, so I put Enchanted on my list.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    That review made me want to vomit..

    by bongo123

    sounds like a candy coated kids flick for either chicks or windy lickers

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Seems about as good as Pluto Nash

    by Pipple

    Yeah i'm not wasting money on this.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:09 a.m. CST

    PLUTO NASH sucked balls

    by HEADGEEK

    just had to clarify my position on that film

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Beer Goggles

    by Kingdaddy

    Man Harold...you are the epitome "Rainbow Connection". The lovers, the dreamers and me. You type reviews like drunk dialing. I love to see the passion but remember you have 10,000 geeks watching you wake up with said "love" EVERY TIME. I totally dig the passion behind your reviews...but I wonder what weight the criticism or love holds. I choose to respect the love of all of it...just like I respect a child giggling at a $5 toy. But DAMN, your 3.5 -5 star/B - A reviews REEK of the screening atmosphere and expectations and not a true critique of the actual film.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:12 a.m. CST

    PS

    by Kingdaddy

    I'm drunk...and stand behind my critique of El Rojo's review style.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:13 a.m. CST

    I have to admit, I was skeptical, too

    by Thick McRunFast

    Then I saw the positive reviews, saw the "That's How You Know" number on the film's website, and I was sold. Anyone mature enough to appreciate (and quite frankly, prefer) "old" 2-D animation will get a big kick out of this. And Amy Adams is perfect.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST

    I know a lot of musical theatre majors

    by IndustryKiller!

    And for that reason alone I would probably abhor this film. Hearing a musical theatre major talk about Disney is like hearing pederasts talk about little boys, it's just disgusting. It's absurd how much htey overrate things simply because there is music in it totally indiscriminate of whether that music or the rest of the film has any merit. This may be why MOST (not all) musical theatre sucks. Not to mention that as a child I was more into the works of Jim Henson, James Cameron, Spielberg, and Ridley Scott than I was into Disney.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:27 a.m. CST

    10 billion times better than HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

    by HEADGEEK

    at least. Seriously - this is a magical film.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST

    kingdaddy is being a bitch due to

    by HEADGEEK

    being unchosen for BNAT - because in his application, I could tell he was a poser geek that couldn't get in touch with his inner 8 year old princess

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST

    And...

    by Thick McRunFast

    I bet Amy Adams grooms herself better than Vanessa Hudgens. Anyone else remember Amy as one of the co-eds JB macked on in the Tenacious D movie?

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Can't say I blame kingdaddy

    by Thick McRunFast

    I still have nightmares about Harry's BLADE II review. Not everybody can write like Ebert, I guess.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Check out Robert Wilonski's review

    by Bungion Boy

    This is a cute film and Amy Adams is wonderful. Even James Marsden gets some big laughs. But, (as I said in my original review http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34128), the rest of the film, while perfect for young kids, just doesn't work. It's a big mess, full of ideas, but clearly written by committee where people threw out fun ideas for scenes while disregarding whether or not the scenes made sense together. If you won't take my word for it, check out Robert Wilonski's review in the Village Voice here: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/0747,wilonsky,78409,20.html. He kind of nails it. He even uses some of the same words I did. If you have little kids, especially girls, take them this week. They'll love it. Anyone else will be charmed to a point but then logic will set in and drive you mad.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Ummm that makes YOU the asshole Harry

    by IndustryKiller!

    "This guy has different point of view than me on films, HE CAN"T COME TO MY BIRTHDAY PARTY!" is how that last post comes off. Kingdaddy wrote a completely valid post critiqueing your reviewing style, a complaint a lot of people on this site have voiced before, and you just slag him off and gloat about how you didn't let him eat at the big kids table. Weak sauce my friend. or you know the guy and this is all an inside joke, I dunno.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I read your review, Bungion Boy

    by Thick McRunFast

    And the nitpicking about naming vacuums and toilets was absolutely ridiculous. It's a Disney musical fantasy, for crying out loud - allow for a smidge of disbelief. You probably hated THE LITTLE MERMAID because they sang underwater.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 3:01 a.m. CST

    IndustryKiller

    by HEADGEEK

    yes, I do know the guy - he's a very good friend of a friend

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Glad I added that disclaimer then

    by IndustryKiller!

    Almost looked a fool there

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 3:29 a.m. CST

    I love Disney

    by one9deuce

    I'm interested in this film especially for the hand drawn animation sequences. <p> But Harry's post title is nearly enough to ruin this for me. I have to agree with the other talkbackers here, Harry has NO perspective. Honestly, I don't know if the big guy could pick out a good film from a bad film if his life depended on it. How many shit films has he absolutely gushed about? GODZILLA, BLADE 2, ATTACK OF THE CLONES just off the top of my head.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Good LA Times article (with video) for those on the fence

    by Thick McRunFast

    Be warned (or encouraged), the video for both musical numbers are there in their entirety. http://tinyurl.com/ypp3lq

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST

    FUCK FRED CLAUS, ENCHANTED WILL BE HUGE

    by TheDohDoh

    Admit it, this is the ideal holiday movie for the family and for dates. It's going to make a gazillion dollars, no prob. I loved Beowulf, but I really want to see a new 2D animated movie in theaters. I can't believe there's such a drought these days.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 3:43 a.m. CST

    God i miss Disney...

    by Obscura

    2D Disney needs to come back. not just the format, but the magic that Disney creates. Who'd have thought id be crying out for another Tarzan or Hercules...both average at best, but compared to Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons they were fantastic. And i'm a 3D Animator. I love 3D Animation. and 2D Animation. i hope this is Disney starting to tell great magical stories again, cos the world needs it.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 4:09 a.m. CST

    If the opening animation sequence doesn't

    by HEADGEEK

    cause you to go gaga, then this movie just isn't for you. But the film is a perfect DATE movie, perfect FAMILY movie and just great for those that want something to make them smile for days. It's that type of film. Like GALAXY QUEST or SHAUN OF THE DEAD - but for the Disney Animated Set.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 4:20 a.m. CST

    SHAUN

    by Billy Sunday

    Wow if this is really Shaun of the Dead for Disney, then I'm totally in! Flying to NYC with my family this afternoon for Thanksgiving and I know my Mom's already excited about this...and now I am too! So does Amy Adams have a scene with Patrick Dempsey where they try to decide which records to throw at James Marsden's head?

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Dammit.

    by Zappary

    I've tried so hard to hate this movie. SO HARD. But I know I'm going to see it and turn into some kind of sappy little girl. And I want me some 2D Disney real bad. <BR><BR> Damnit.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Damn Harry, the clock reads 4:09 on the morning....

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    go to bed already dude. Get some beauty sleep .......... no seriously you need it *narf*

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Harry is a giant FAGGOT

    by pencil-man

    'NUFF SAID FUCKERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Disney didn't animate this!

    by rohitiyer

    "This is all animated in gorgeous, lush, beautiful classic 2D as only Disney does it animation." I'm sorry, but you have to give credit where it's due. The film was animated by James Baxter Animation. http://jamesbaxteranima tion.com Check out the Wikipedia entry for the movie. Disney's 2d department is currently nonexistent and will make a come back with The Frog Princess.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Xiphos - Windy Lickers...

    by bongo123

    Is northern ireland slang for people who go on the special bus to special school and can often be found licking said bus windows, it's often used to mean people with low iq's or a bit slow... nice bunch aren't we...

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 6:43 a.m. CST

    I liked Pluto Nash

    by Dazzler69

    Saw it onDemand. Decent effects. Story moved. Lazer guns blazing all over, over the top villians chasing them and a dup Eddie for a main villian which is Eddie's M.O. anyway. It's worth watching. Robot sidekick was funny, forgot his name...from Vaction movies and Indenpance day crazy guy that sacrificed himself at end....

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST

    There is one good thing about this review...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Or, more specifically this talkback: the phrase "windy-lickers" has now entered my life!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Seriously???

    by Crimson King

    Are you really gushing over THIS movie?!?

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Amy Adams in The Office Season 2...

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    She was Jim's girlfriend. The chick who was hawking purses.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    windy-lickers

    by just pillow talk

    I think I have co-workers who lick our building's windows...

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Jumping the gun a little Harry?

    by Kid Z

    ... I mean, you haven't even gotten "Yoko" knocked up yet... no need to turn into a mindless, drooling idiot, yet.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Ok...

    by Crimson King

    So I just watched the trailer again, and it does look like it could be pretty funny and entertaining, but I don't know if I'm gonna be as ENCHANTED as Harry was. And notice I said COULD BE.<br> <br> I will admit, I kinda miss the old days of Disney, even though Pixar has pretty much stepped up and taken over. I just hope they learn from Disney and don't follow suit. Disney used to be about quality family entertainment, now it's all about the almighty Dollar. Perhaps that's even the way it's always been, but at least they used to earn it. There used to be a time when Disney was indeed "magical." In the end, maybe we shouldn't be so hasty to pan this movie. Maybe this is the one that brings that magic back, even if it is just for one more movie...<br> <br> If not, well, we've still got Pixar.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Well, anyway...

    by Kid Z

    ... maybe we should give Harry a break on this one. Marrige does tend to turn you into a big, giant, Toho Studios-sized vagina for awhile. You wise up once the divorce comes and she's emptying out your house and bank account with the help of Tod, the new boyfriend and personal trainer.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Move over giant sequoia . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . you're no longer the world's heaviest plant.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Disney will pimp this to death,like High School Musical

    by Luci888

    If the Enchanted film is a huge hit (which it's extremely likely to be) I hope to God Disney don't pimp this to death (and we know that they will), like fucking High School Musical, via sequels, Enchanted the stage musical, Enchanted the fucking ice skating musical, etc.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Rotten Tomatoes' 88% fresh rating backs Harry up!

    by Lance Rock

    sounds like a date!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Where's the HITMAN reviews?

    by UMAGA

    It's being destroyed on rottentomatoes.com with a lot of pricky asshole comments from douche bag critics. I thought the script was good, though. Ebert actually liked it giving it ***.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Has anyone

    by Series7

    Seen Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise? Or do we not realize that Danny Boyle is one the greatest directors to come out of the 90's? Timothy Spall owned slimy dude in that movie (tv film whatever) I like his work.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Movie Commercial Voice Guy:

    by Gil Brooks

    "And Harry Knowles say 'its spell wrapped me up from beginning to end'!" Jesus Christ, dood. Can you make it any more obvious?

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    I hoped that this movie was

    by Series7

    Going to be good, because Susan Sarandon is my favorite old lady actress, and since the other two Streep and Close seem to be putting out good work. Its good to see that Sarandon hasn't fallen totally out (Woodcock?).

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    If this movie

    by Series7

    Turns out to be a huge sucesss, it would be awesome for it to get best oscar. Though it would be a long shot and a controversial. I am just so sick of all these overly dramatic movies getting plastered with "Going to win all the Oscars on it", musicals and comedies are harder to do correct then a drama. And this year musicals have all be top notch. I am not saying that this is going to be my favorite film of the year. It would just be nice to have an Oscar ceremony not congradulating downer movies, even though they are my favorite type of movies.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    ... My Two Cents

    by The Brain Machine

    I was there at the screening last night, and had a good time. I love Disney animation, and love most of the 2-d Disney films. This movie has a lot of the magic of those films, but I didn't feel that the animation of the 2-d world was quite up to Disney standards. It wasn't nearly as good as good as say Beauty and the Beast, or even The Little Mermaid. Some of it had a bit of the Direct to DVD Disney sequel feel to it. I wish the animation would have been a bit better - this is Disney after all, and we need to hold them to the standards of their past - not just accept what they give us. The songs were really good, though. The stand outs being The Working song and the huge musical number in the park as Harry mentioned. I have to admit that I had a pretty big smile on my face at the end of the film, so it delivers on it's promise. It is much better than I was preparing myself for. If you want to re-capture that feeling you had when watching Cinderella or Snow White when you were 8, you will enjoy the movie. If you truly hate Disney musicals - you probably won't dig it. But it's Thanksgiving weekend, and this movie WILL BE HUGE. I agree with Harry that this should be a stand alone film for Disney. To go back and make sequels to this will not be a good thing. I appreciated how this film used the themes of past Disnay movies, but didn't have all the groan inducing pop-comments ala Shrek. Sequels will most likely fall into the same trap. Over all, a great family movie, a perfect date movie, and a lot of fun. Thanks for the screening, AICN and Disney!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Also

    by Series7

    Its good to see Disney make something worth while (minus Pixar), because the last animated movie they made that was worth anything was Treasure Planet. I really enjoyed that movie not everyone did, but since then all there animated movies have been crap. Chicken Little? Horrible. The cow movie? never seen it. Also I say that Harry hit his peek with the Blade two review, ever since that review I've never been able to read any other review the same way. That review made me go see Blade 2 again, because i read it after i had already seen it.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Lasseter

    by Series7

    Said no more Direct to DVD sequels for disney animated movies, hopefully that means live action as well. Aladdin 4 Juffar goes to the eye doctor. Number 3 or number 4? I wonder if Lasseter had anything to do with this movie?

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Loved it

    by Kraken

    I thought going in it might be a guilty pleasure movie, but seeing the look on my wife's face as we were watching it, and the glow we were both in during the credits, I don't feel guilty at all loving this movie.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I thought this would be satirical

    by pikagreg

    kind of like a live action shrek.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10 a.m. CST

    Harry, What about the Goody Short?

    by nonsensical

    What did you think of that? It should have been the opening short to this film. Yet you make no mention to the short or how incredible it is. So?

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Tim Spall = "go to" character henchman

    by finky089

    It's definitely his calling

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    And- James Baxter Animation

    by finky089

    Wasn't Jim Baxter the head of Disney's animation department before it was disbanded? Or perhaps the head of their Imagineering Dept? Or am I thinking of a different guy?

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    How is it possible...

    by Razier

    The previews for this movie looked like burnt shit on a used tampon. But every review I read is positive... is the world coming to an end?

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    If you didn't see it, I'm sorry...

    by nonsensical

    Read my review here... the Goofy short "How to Hookup Your Home Theater" is by itself worth the money you will pay for this film. <p> http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34669

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Stop worrying about sequels

    by dasaroo

    Series7 is correct, now that Pixar & John Lasseter have taken over Disney Films, they have thrown out the old model- there will be no more garbage dvd sequels. They WILL be going back to 2-d animation (there is a new short on the Ratatouille DVD that demos some of the new and old styles they will be using) , and will be much more careful about the quality of their live-action product. Basically, everything from here on out will hopefully have the Pixar stamp on it. As Martha S. would say, "THAT'S A VERY GOOD THING."

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Lasseter

    by dasaroo

    BTW- I was just watching Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" on my new big screen TV (gorgeous movie), and I CANNOT FORGIVE Lasseter's utterly inane intro to the movie - "World, meet Hayao Miyazaki!" What a self-important maroon. He should have said, "Ignorant Americans, meet HM!" Cause the rest of the world already knew HM was a God. Lasseter responsible for bringing HM to light? As if.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Harry,,,

    by Mezzanine

    How is a kid's movie going to get me laid? Also, the councilors at Jesus Camp prohibited me from being in touch with my inner 8 year old girl.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Irony of ironies:

    by Barry Egan

    Disney had to farm out the 2D animation at the beginning of the film as they had recently shuttered their hand-drawn animation division. God bless John Lassiter!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST

    This has been a great year for musicals.

    by Barry Egan

    Between this and Hairspray and Sweeney Todd, the musical seems to be doing well again. The Best Original Song Oscar catagory will be the most competitive it's been in years.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    What's with all the Blade II hate?

    by MacTard420

    So what if Harry came in his pants during the review (and probably several times afterwards). I thought Blade II was the best of the trilogy. Other than a couple sketchy CGI sequences involving superplexes, it was a pretty damn fun movie!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I'll wait till Moriarty chimes in, if ever

    by Pipple

    Harry can be too lenient and frankly forgiving with his reviews these days. One wonders if someone in holly-no originality-wood hasn't added a little extra incentive for him to give turds praise on his site... one wonders...

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    No need to wair for Mori:

    by Barry Egan

    It's currently at 91% positive on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    a poser geek that couldn't get in touch with his inner 8 year ol

    by Kingdaddy

    Not only do I get in touch with my inner princess El Rojo, but I finger fuck her through her purty pink panties often. I'm not upset I didn't get into BNAT. I would love to go, but you didn't pick me. That's fine. Just don't sling poop in my direction for my opinions. I didn't say your reviews suck. I was simply stating some of your reviews seem to be about the "event" of the screening, which seems to add to the "magic" of the film. For example, I thought "Apocalypto" was a great film. And I'm sure attending a screening with Mel Gibson sitting next to me, drinking genuine Yucatan Jungle Juice, and having topless Mayan women feed me tamales would make me paint the screen with my Mayan Man Milk...BUT...I think some reviewers need to digest a film before they RAVE about it and how it brought their "inner princess" out. So, there ya have it. I'm not going to BNAT. My soul is crushed and I'm AMAZED I even still have an opinion on anything...

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I am not the Enchanted type.

    by rbatty024

    If this film really is as good as claimed then the previews aren't doing anything for it. I do remember seeing the first preview and being excited about the 2D animation only to be let down when real actors showed up. Isn't Disney working on another 2D film? I thought it was the Frog Prince but set in jazz age New Orleans.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Pluto Nash is incredibly underrated!!

    by TheMcflyFarm

    From the commercials it looked like another Eddie Murphy kid's movie piece of shit, but I was surprised at how adult it was. It had clever realistic dialogue and situations in a wacky futuristic society. It's probably a masterpiece compared to this shit.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Princess and the Frog...

    by nonsensical

    That is Disney's next animated feature and it will be out in 2008.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Okay... Harry and other audiences...

    by nonsensical

    You were screwed... completely screwed. Apparently reviews and screenings of Enchanted are not being accompanied by the Goofy short How to Hookup Your Home Theater. I was very concerned about this given how great the short is and how much I want others to see it too. So I did some digging. According to Disney the short will now debut with National Treasure: Book of Secrets on December 21. This is apparently being done to get Disney's new cartoon shorts program more exposure among general moviegoing audiences, rather than just animated film audiences. Something of a mistake in my opinion given that Enchanted is a better family film vehicle. Again, I am truly sorry for you all who will be robbed of seeing Goofy for another month.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Susan Sarandon is enough for me.

    by Gremlin517

    I absolutely think she is the sexiest woman in Hollywood, and she just keeps getting hotter. GILF indeed.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    little kids in the theater

    by CherryValance

    When I walked in I thought "OH NO!" lots of tiny tots. And to my knowledge this was supposed to be more along the lines of a romantic comedy. So when the little ones started twitching because they were bored, I had to laugh that they were stuck in there. But I really lost it when they started "EWWWWWW"ing in chorus everytime a couple kissed. Hilarious.</p> Anyway, I really liked it but that would have been obvious to anyone who knows my movie tastes. If I had one complaint I'd probably ask for more singing. I expected there to be more. But the casting was amazing. I mean who else but McDreamy should play the Prince Charming type role? I know Marsden actually plays a prince but that's not what I meant. And Marsden was great, btw. I just want a movie where he sings the whole time.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I think this movie will bomb still, harry

    by Pipple

    Look at 300. Why did that piece of shit make so much? People want more masculine movies, big, thick, hard waglanging manhood in their faces smacking them around like baseballs instead of all these girly disney movies. That's why current disney sucks so much. It's too gay, not the sexuality, but the gay kind of gay.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    This is Aintitcool, so why are we covering this?

    by robzass

    Unless you have kids or still piss the bed, none of you have any business seeing this.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Marsden steals the show again

    by zooch

    like he did from Superman.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    "Fap to pictures Princess Jasmine"

    by DocPazuzu

    You make that sound like a bad thing, conspiracy.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Pipple, do you really think Enchanted will draw more gays than..

    by rbatty024

    300. I guarantee you it's the other way around. Hell, I bet 300 was a box office hit because of gay business. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Thanks for the info Nonsensical. I'm looking forward to Disney getting back into 2D. All of these 3D films are starting to look alike. How many bugs or rodents can we watch on screen?

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Thnakyou Harry, well done sir.

    by artyfufkin

    I have 2 daughters and will be taking them to see it. Forget the haters Harry, you did good son. Well done you. And thanks.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    How are collecting Barbies over a prolonged period of time and s

    by Demetrius

    I don't see the connection. It's okay to enjoy something fluffy or sweet now and then. It doesn't mean you surround yourself with that kind of stuff all of the time.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    *and seeing a movie once related, noiretblanc?

    by Demetrius

    Dammit

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    It's true 300 was pretty darn gay

    by Pipple

    But it's a heck of a lot less gay than recent disney.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 4 p.m. CST

    robzass:

    by Barry Egan

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Ugh, remake the animated classics? NEVER!!

    by Drath

    Harry's idea to remake the classic animated movies in live action is a heresy! I love animation too much to be in favor of it. Remake non-classics like Mulan, sure, that'd be nice as that movie suffered for having all the dopy songs and truncated running time, but we don't need the live action version of Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast. I want NEW animated classics. If they'd followed this kind of shit we'd have had live action Cinderella instead of the Little Mermaid. Give us the next generation of animated classics! That's what I want them to get right. I'd welcome that crappy remake idea only if enabled the return to animation. That's the more important goal.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Isn't this a remake?

    by DrMambo

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    What a surprise...

    by OptimusCrime

    Alright, this movie probably isn't my type of film and I admit it. Still...another Harry review, another hysterical rave. I'm jealous of him actually, every movie he sees is a magical instant classic.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Of Elf, with Will Ferrell?

    by DrMambo

    Seriously, a guy from an animated and sugarcoated world where everyone sings and crap ends up in "tough" new york? A children's movie that adults will love too? Etc...? But I loved Elf, so if this is anywhere near as good I'll still be happy.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Just to be a total woman, Harry...

    by Frijole

    that castle in the logo is NOT the castle at Disneyland. It is the castle at Disney World. The OLD logo was Sleeping Beauty's castle (from DL)... the NEW logo is Cinderella's castle from WDW. And yes, there is a huge difference, both in size and design.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    This review is 100% dead on.

    by Steve_Dooku

    I saw this movie last night with my wife and two kids. It was outstanding.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Im wondering how much....?

    by LargoJr

    Disney paid Harry for that vacuous blowjob of a review?

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 12:12 a.m. CST

    EXCELLENT movie

    by GibsonUSA

    took me by surprise

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    "Thanks for the screening, AICN and Disney!"

    by thegreatwhatzit

    And thank you for the very unbiased review (NOT!)

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Way off topic...

    by WillowFan2001

    Hullabaloo Canek Canek!

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    I swear

    by Harry Weinstein

    Every time I see that review headline, I think it says something about Harry peeing on an 8-year-old wearing a tiara. Then I look again and that's clearly not what it says. But I do a double take each time it pops up on screen.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Flawless movie

    by Anakin Whoopass

    Home for Thanksgiving, wanted to see No Country for Old Men but needed something Mom would go to and ended up at Enchanted. This is a happy movie. Oh, and Rotten Tomatoes is up to 93%. Please, no lame sequels.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    THE INCREDIBLES in 3D, Disney--make it happen

    by Mr Incredible

    I'll pass on this movie.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I totally thought sequel (spoilers)

    by CherryValance

    when Menzel and Marsden went into the toon world. Makes sense doesn't it? And it could be a classic Disney animated feature.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Yes, Mr Incredible

    by darth jobu

    Nice call. Incredibles must return. 3D would be bonus. Budump Dat Dah Dahhhh

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    this film is brilliant

    by zooch

    A real return to form for Disney. A smart funny script. The animation at the beginning looked great. Great acting all around. Adams especially, she's oscar-worthy. There's a part where her character gets angry for the first time in her life and she's both angry and excited at the same time, and it's at that moment she realizes shes is in love and Adams plays it perfectly.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    I actually think this movie will make more money next week

    by Razorback

    It is very rare for a movie to pick up business the following week but word of mouth on this is HUGE.

  • Nov. 27, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Just saw it last night...

    by Moonwatcher

    and it's everything Harry said it was. I know words like delightful and whimsical aren't usually tossed around in these talkbacks, but for once maybe we could all get behind something that makes people feel good when they leave the theater.

  • Nov. 30, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    My review...

    by Kingdaddy

    The trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks was first. Blissfully perfect! A chipmunk farted. Genuinely amazing! Then, in the "The Water Horse" trailer the dragon burped. Absolutely sublime! Then Enchanted managed to squeeze 3.5 good scenes into an hour and a 45 minutes. Oddly magical! The direct to video look definitely impressed all. Absolutely magical! Most of the kids in the audience seemed bored and only watched the chipmunk character. Subversively hilarious! (spoiler) The chipmunk gets scared and poops. (spoiler end) Worked perfectly! A "fun" film that 12 year old girls will see 6 times at the theater. Absolutely magic! But they did the same with The Princess Diaries 1 & 2, Ice Princess, Princess Caraboo, Ever After, 13 Going on 30, etc...All...wait for it...Absolutely Magic!

  • Dec. 2, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I'm really looking forward to this

    by Chattery

    I'm really looking forward to this, it looks like an interesting film. I'm interested in seeing what the filmmakers have to say about the Disneyesque world vs our world. Plus I'm just really in the mood for light-hearted Disney fun. Plus Amy Adams is hot. And James Marsden getting hit with bikes while serenading his loved one...nice. If I were him I'd so open my eyes and obliterate them with my optic beam.

  • Dec. 2, 2007, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Uhh, I think Stephan Schwartz wrote the Lyrics.

    by Smerdyakov

    Menken is a composer. Shades of Ira Gershwin.

  • Dec. 3, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Speaking of the Score, I could point out that...

    by C.K. Lamoo

    "True Love's Kiss" is pretty much the same tune as "A Girl Who's Merely Me" from Rogers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."

  • Dec. 12, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    I think this may be the word-of-mouth smash of the year...

    by workshed

    ...everyone i know who has seen it is raving about how it feels like a creative turnaround for Disney after all those years ruled by you-know-who. BUT SERIOUSLY - Harry, a live-action Little Mermaid you sick-bastard.? Don't ever let this man swim with a dolphin, perrrrlease.