Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) lives in an animated world, a classic Disney fairytale. But after crossing with an evil queen (Susan Sarandon), Giselle is banished and thrust into the the live action world of present day New York City.

Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer (Patrick Dempsey). Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?

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Enchanted is a bang-on title for this film, as you're bound to feel that way when you leave the cinema. Intensely optimistic and joyously happy, the film is a sugary sweet treat for the princess in all of us.

The film begins in an animated fantasy world. The traditional 2D animation is not quite up to Disney’s usually high standard, but it's not long before we're whisked off to real-life New York City where the cartoon characters are brought to life as flesh-and-blood people.

Princess Giselle is perfectly realized by Amy Adams, whose winning performance elevates the film. Grey's Anatomy's Patrick Dempsey deftly keeps the fantasy grounded in reality as a divorce lawyer who slowly falls for Giselle’s charms. James Marsden and Timothy Spall (as a prince and his servant, respectively) provide some excellent comic relief.

The whole adventure is so appealing that it seems a pity to shoehorn in a weak subplot involving an evil queen (Susan Sarandon) who turns into a dragon for the climactic finale. This is also responsible for some of the film's worst effects, which is a shame, as the others – an excitable squirrel sidekick, in particular – are well done.

Gluing everything together is the music by stalwart Disney composer Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), which riffs on traditional fairytale tunes and includes a rousing song and dance number in Central Park. Visually, the film is bright and cheerful. Plenty of iconic Disney imagery – poisoned apples, helpful woodland creatures – fills the story to the brim.

Enchanted is a sweet romantic fable, with some loveable performances and some genuine good humour.

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This movie was not the best. i hated how she always fell and said ooohhh sound.

but its not that funny. Everything was okay but they should of used someone else for the princess and make the squirrel look real in non cartoon bit.

When i saw the movie my sister was so bored she looked very, very angry.


A great cheesy chick flick great for the a girls night out.

2 big time honey lots of cheesy romance and humour. Me and my 3 girlfriends had the best time laughing at the corney jokes and drulling over Cyclops in tighys!!!!

i liked the songs they were rad the was an overall sucsess nancy was the cooliest man

Such a good Disney movie... it reminded me of the ones I used to like when I was little. Amy Adams was fantastic and perfect for the role. James Marsden really won me over with his Prince Charming acting. But Susan Sarandon was a bit "meh".

Especially loved the part where everyone starts singing the same song in Central Park :-)

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  • Not since Julie Andrews rode an umbrella to glory in Mary Poppins has Disney given us such a real-life doll (Amy Adams)... Full Review

  • This film is undeniably Disney, and I may be going soft in the head amidst the festive flurry, but there's something kind of enchanting about this very family-friendly little flick... a warm-hearted fairytale with a few cheery chuckles... Full Review

  • A full-blown musical that commutes between Disney's patented cartoon universe and the "real" world with cleverness and grace, this splashy production reminds one of nothing in the Disney canon so much as "Mary Poppins," not least due to the "star is born" aura that surrounds Amy Adams here, just as it did Julie Andrews 43 years ago... Full Review