Monday, May 12, 2008

Enchanted: (ěn-chānt'ed)(adj): to charm; to enrapture

After watching Enchanted and receiving the dvd for my twenty-first birthday and watching it quite a few times since then, I have decided I have things to say about it. The first thing I want to comment on is the soundtrack. Alan Menken and Harry Warren did an incredible job with the composed pieces. The three other songs on the soundtrack are fun and match up well with their corresponding scenes in the movie. My favorite of the songs is So Close by Jon McLaughlin . I added a video of the song withing the movie to the bottom of this post. The movie itself opens up with twelve minutes of beautiful Disney animation, reminiscent of the original feature length features specifically Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. To add the the nostalgic factor Julie Andrews,Mary Poppins herself, narrates the introduction. The entire movie is one huge homage to all the classics. The parts are well cast with Amy Adams as the far from home ,naive Giselle. Patrick Dempsey's portrayal of Robert as the cynical and questioning formerly heart-broken man is well done and believable. As fas the cinematography there are some beautiful shots, especially of those in Time Square in downtown New York, New York and Central Park. Each scene fits the mood for which is was shot to convey. One especially well shot sequence is the choreographed dance to "How Does She Know" in which hundreds of people dance about. The use of the park's well know landmarks through out the song and dance session brings the essence of New York to the forefront while at the same time showing the vast differences between the real world of New York and Andalasia while at the same time tying them together in order to show just how the two can seamlessly mesh. Overall the movie is well written and is on essence a live action Disney Princess movie.

Rated PG
1 hour 47 minutes running time
Directed by Kevin Lima


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