Disenchanted review – a plodding start but the finish is great fun

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Disenchanted is too long and starts off clumsy but settles into a story about mothers and daughters that is great fun.

We’re reviewing the Disney+ movie Disenchanted no spoilers.

15 years have passed since the Disney surprise hit. Enchanted has become a modern classic for today’s 20-somethings. Set almost a decade after the timeline of Enchantedwe now find Giselle (Amy Adams), Robert (Patrick Dempseyin a role where the only requirement is to cast for the dimples), Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) and a new girl, Sophia, who are moving to the suburbs of the magical city of Monroeville. Beautiful green grass, perfectly manicured front yards and the schools look like modern palaces. So you can pretty much smell the taxes in the air. They even convert a house into a magic castle. This new wonderland isn’t exactly Andalasia (or New York City, for that matter), but a family home is where the heart is, right?

Well, maybe not. Everyone has trouble adjusting to their new life. Giselle did not receive a warm welcome from the mothers of the local PTA and is guided by Malvina (Maya Rudolph) in Monroeville. The poor Disney princess is not allowed to sell any baked goods on the school grounds without permission. Then Robert feels unfulfilled. Why? Edward (dead to I James Marsden) offers his sword to go on a quest so he can “really” do something or be someone. Life as a corporate attorney is not the gallant, noble life he dreamed of while in law school. Then you have Morgan. Now filled with youthful angst, she is upset, mostly because she is leaving all her friends and feeling like an outsider.

Directed by Adam Shankman (what men want) and written by Brigette Hales (Hulu’s 11/22/63), disappointment is 30 minutes too long. The main problem is that the film gets off to a slow start with setups taken from classic family comedies without lapsing into gross bathroom humor, which is a plus. The design makes you feel like the wonderful first installment, which was perhaps the joke, was a bit of a grade. And you have to consider how different things are today. We live in a very different time than 2007 and see things differently. A time marked by social justice initiatives, political corruption and living through the worst pandemic in almost a century.

After about 35 minutes, however, the premise begins to take shape. The story begins to develop when Giselle does not switch from Disney Princess in the city to the suburbs. Giselle wants to make Monroeville the most magical place you can show like Andalasia morgan how delightful life in the suburbs can be. Of course, Hales’ script does something bright by showing the unintended consequences of significant changes. This leads to Giselle becoming an evil stepmother, something feared in most fairy tales. From this point on Adams’ performance is a delight to watch as she displays a lightning fast and funny talent for shifting between good and bad.

There are some delightful nods to other classic Disney dishes. You have obvious and welcome references from Cruella to malicious. songs off Beauty and the Beast. As the town becomes a fairy tale, Morgan is portrayed as a Cinderella-like character. You’ll even spot Snow White references. This all makes the movie a blast, along with Adams and Rudolph performing some mind-blowing numbers like “Badder,” not to mention Idina Menzel stopping the show at every opportunity.

In the heart of Disenchanted is a story about mothers and daughters that comes from the heart. Like a good but forgotten Disney+ movie, godmother, This is a wonderful trend in movies and streaming networks. Shankman’s film isn’t perfect, but his experience working with musicals comes into its own here. This is a musical that, despite its flaws, is worth watching with the family.

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