Like all large conurbations New York City can be a frightening place. Especially if you have just fallen out of an animated Disney fairytale world that resembles every cartoon feature made by the dream factory since 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
Such a catastrophe has befallen Giselle (Amy Adams) who has been pushed out of her all-singing all-dancing 2D world by wicked Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon). Alone and terrified Giselle befriends moody widowed divorce lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey). They give her shelter and naturally she starts to fall for the lumpen cynic, but her animated beau Prince Edward is on his way to save her. Meanwhile, the Queen’s wicked henchman Nathaniel (Timothy Spall) is trying to find her and Robert is getting married again . . . Oh what a to do!
Enchanted is one of the nastiest, most insidious children’s films adults will have the displeasure of seeing this year (or any year). Chock full of pseudo-Christian ideas, WASPish imperialism, product placement and celebrations of consumer culture this is about as bad as Disney gets (on the surface anyway). That said, for all its forced sub Les Visiteurs zaniness, bad effects, bad songs and cheesy dialogue, rising star Amy Adams works hard to keep things as appealing as possible. Leave your critical faculties, reason and humanity at the door. (Paul Dale)
General release from Fri 14 Dec.