If I were a tween, I would have given this movie an A+++!!!! and another A++ if Zac Efron were in it. As I am a full-grown adult and much jaded by life and relationships, I had to give Enchanted (directed by Kevin Lima) a much lower grade.
When an animated Princess Giselle meets her true love, Prince Edward, in their fairytale world of make-believe, all is well and they are to be wed after knowing each other for only a day. When Prince Edward's stepmother, Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon), catches wind of the nuptials, she transforms herself into an old hag and Giselle into a wishing well. She can't have her stepson marrying and taking away her throne. Instead of getting a wish, Giselle gets sent over the side and into our real world.
Enter Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey), a single dad and divorce attorney who is set to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Nancy (Idina Menzel). Robert thinks Giselle is a bit of a kook, but when his daughter takes a shine to a "real princess" he reluctantly gives her shelter. As they spend more time together, Giselle questions her love for Prince Edward and her growing affections for Robert. Should she choose the man with the gorgeous head of hair or her fairy-tale prince?
As an adult who saw the film with adult friends, we found many problems with the last half of the film. How did Prince Edward and Nathaniel pay for the motel room they were staying in? How did Prince Edward know which building to go to after arriving at the Bella Notte restaurant? Queen Narcissa is Prince Edward's step-mother so technically Prince Edward is King anyway if his dad has passed away, right? Don't dragons fly?
With scenes and poses lifted from classic Disney princess tales, Enchanted is surely a new franchise for the Big Mouse House. The casting was spot on. Amy Adams imbues a Disney princess come to life with her hand movements and lilting voice. James Marsden is hilarious as the dim-witted but handsome Prince Philip. Even the animated characters embody the actors who portray them. Prince Edward has the flowing locks of hair of Marsden, Giselle has the porcelain skin of Adams, and Queen Narissa has the angular face of Sarandon. As I saw the animated character of Nathaniel, I tried to picture what actor would play him. The first who came to mind was Timothy Spall, who plays Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter films. So who should pop up as the real world Nathaniel? None other than Spall himself.