I wasn’t sure I would like Enchanted at all. The previews made it look cute and interesting, but the main reason for going was just for something fun to do with the kids over the Thanksgiving holiday. By the end of it, Karl and I were pleasantly surprised. We really enjoyed it!
As you probably know, Princess Giselle is transplanted by the evil step-mother from Andalasia (the animated world) to the real world. Prince Edward follows, in an attempt to rescue her, with his assistant Nathaniel, and Pip, a chipmunk. They all end up in New York City.
I cannot possibly recount all that Giselle and Prince Edward get into on their separate journeys to find each other in the Big Apple. I’ll just say that it’s very funny. Through all of the ups and downs, it is so sweet that Giselle never once wavers in her faith that Prince Edward will rescue her.
Giselle stays true to her character, always expecting the best from the people she meets. The part that touched me most is Giselle’s reaction upon learning about romantic relationships in the real world. All of her life, she has expected to find her one true love and spend the rest of her life with that person. In the real world, men and women go on dates, and continue to “date” for years and years without making a real commitment to one another. She has never heard of a date. It made her wonder how in the world a woman could know a man’s true feelings if he strung her along for years and years without a proposal of marriage. This question, “How does she know you love her?” led up to my favorite scene in the whole movie. This scene had me laughing and crying:
Her reaction that meant the most to me was when she first learned of divorce. Though she knew nothing of the couple in question, it absolutely broke her heart that they didn’t love each other anymore. In her mind, real love never ever ends. That divorce is even a possibility in “our” world is the worst bit of news she could ever hear.
The only part that I really didn’t like was the ending. Call me old-fashioned, but I couldn’t wholeheartedly go along with the girl rescuing the boy. I like it better when the girl gets rescued by her prince charming. Girl-power emerged as a major theme. Robert, Patrick Dempsey’s character, is a very weak man through the whole movie, though, so I fully expected Giselle to save his rear from the dragon/step-mother.
The other thing I wasn’t too sure about was the resolution of the relationship between Giselle and Robert. I could assume that they decided to get married and live a happy life together in New York. Or, I could assume that Giselle gives up a fairy-tale life in favor of a more “liberated” life in New York, in a long-term relationship with Robert, and beginning her own fashion design company. It’s not really clear what happens. What is clear, however, is that the independent woman from New York (Nancy) decides to enter life in Andalasia, giving up her career and throwing away her cell phone in favor of life as the traditional princess.
Overall, our whole family enjoyed this movie. Even Karl, who had to be dragged in, came out smiling. It is very sweet and funny, with a small twist to please whatever is left of the feminist in me.
Oh, and there’s just a little bit of innuendo. Giselle stumbles and falls on top of Robert while only wearing a towel. It’s an awkward moment in the film, and I felt a little awkward watching that part with the kiddos. The other instance is when Edward is searching an apartment building for Giselle. Eventually he meets a man who is clearly a homosexual who finds Edward attractive. Again…awkward. I don’t understand why that was in the movie at all. It certainly didn’t add anything to the story. But good for Edward for running away as quickly as he could!
Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?