With its iconic architecture, busy streets and people of every ethnicity, New York City always provides an excellent back-drop for fish out of water stories. This past weekend, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which is set in New York City, was the #1 film at the box office. Over the years, there have been many films about strange characters confronting the metro wonderland and being confronted by its challenges. A funny and fanciful example is “Enchanted,” a hybrid animated and live action musical from 2007.
“Enchanted” is inspired by classic animated Disney fairy tale films, such as “Sleeping Beauty” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” It begins with classic pastel-colored animated sequence that is set in a typical fairytale land called Andalasia. Here, the lovely protagonist, Giselle (voiced by Amy Adams), is set to marry handsome Prince Edward (voiced by James Marsden). His selfish step-mom, Queen Narissa (voiced by Susan Sarandon), opposes the union since she will lose her throne. Because of this, innocent Giselle is banished from Andalasia and ends up in the real world. She is in New York City. Here, she befriends a divorce lawyer, Robert (played by Patrick Dempsey), and his young daughter. Soon after this, the intrepid Prince Edward comes to New York to find her.
“Enchanted” features an amazing performance by Amy Adams. Early in the story, she is very much like a cartoon character, but as she spends more time with Robert, she becomes more like a real person. Also strong are James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey, playing the men she is torn between.
The movie is a lot of fun for people who know a lot about classic animated Disney films. It features many references to those movies.
“Enchanted” is a must-see for fans of Amy Adams and fans of fairy tales.