For a little over an hour on this Saturday afternoon, I huddled in a dark cinema packed with mostly girls less than half my age waiting to be Enchanted. The excitement was palpable and a quick gaze around revealed many eyes bright with anticipation. As the house lights went down, Zibin whispered, “Looks like you have plenty of little girls to shriek along with!”
It turned out to be an excellent movie in many ways although it failed to work its magic on me the way previous Disney classics had done. But, gathering from the dreamy-eyed expressions of most of the younger audience, I think it may be due in part to the fact that I’m 28 instead of 8. But I half suspect that it’s also because the film brings its characters into the real world where the story-book ending of ‘happily ever after’ just doesn’t feel as magical or endearing as when it all happens in 2-D Disney fantasy-land.
Having said that, I still enjoyed myself immensely. The film is sweet without being trite, and self-depreciating without being irreverent. After all, it is Disney slyly poking fun at itself and so sacred cows are never slaughtered. In many ways, Enchanted is as unmistakably Disney as The Little Mermaid and Beauty & the Beast was, and Disney fans would have a great time recognizing moments borrowed from classic Disney films.
The soundtrack and songs too were quite classic Disney although I personally feel it still pales greatly in comparison to Disney’s best scores. Nevertheless, the songs are catchy and I’ve been looping my favourite song of the film – True Love’s Kiss – which harkens back to Snow White’s I’m Wishing, Cinderella’s A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes and Sleeping Beauty’s I Wonder. It’s “Disney-ness” is irresistible!
I’ve been dreaming of a true love’s kiss
And a prince, I’m hoping, comes with this
That’s what brings ever-aftering so happy
That’s the reason we need lips so much
For lips are the only things that touch
So to spend a life of endless bliss
Just find who you love through true love’s kiss
Amy Adams was adorable and James Marsden really can sing. Check it out! :D