Director: Adam Shankman
Actors: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Gabriella Baldacchino, Idina Menzel, James Marsden
Available at: Disney+ Hotstar
Duration: 1 hour 58 minutes
Fifteen years after her happy days on “Enchanted”, Giselle questions her happiness in the busy city of New York. She went on to want a house away from the city. They choose a house that is away from the city and feels quite like the magical city of Andalasia. But to get close to her teenage daughter, Giselle wants the town to turn into the fairyland of Andalasia. This inadvertently turns the lives of those in the real world and Andalasia upside down in the process. Will Giselle be able to put things back in order? Will the two worlds collide and create a multiverse of madness? Well, you’ll have to watch the movie to find out.
Amy Adams as Giselle is the only person who stands tall throughout the film. From being the loving mother in real life to being the cunning stepmother in Wonderland. The way she sways between the wide range of expressions is what makes the character memorable.
Maya Rudolph is the only other person with decent enough screen time to get a mention. She has a Pankaj Tripathi-like ability to always make the most of even a small scene. She played the evil queen and definitely got the emotions going.
Patrick Dempsey is completely wasted in a role that was only for a few minutes here and there.
Gabriella Baldacchino as the teenage daughter should have been able to bring into her character more of the angst a teenager usually has.
Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Idina Menzel and James Marsden are barely there for bling-and-miss performances and barely have any impactful scenes.
‘Disenchanted’: Script, direction and technical aspects
Adam Shankman’s direction relies heavily on visual effects. Although the story has some good ups and downs, the direction is completely dependent on impressing the audience, especially children with the brilliant VFX. The problem arises because today’s live-action animated films are no longer made just with children in mind. Even adults, who actually accompany the children while watching the movies, need to enjoy the movie as much. Shankman’s presentation failed to get the storytelling good enough to make the adults want to sit until the very end.
J. David Stem, David N. Weiss and Richard LaGravenese’s story is decent. However, the story based on Bill Kelly’s characters does not have the depth to hold you for long. It’s only the acting of Amy Adams that makes you want to see more, otherwise the story is a bit too predictable for adults to even sit through to the end. However, it would definitely be a hit with the little kids.
Simon Duggan’s cinematography is one of the highlights of the film. He has definitely managed to give a perfect live-action vision to a story that was animated in the previous installment. So being able to merge the two worlds of animation and live-action was really worth the time spent.
Emma E. Hickox and Chris Lebenzon appear to have edited two different parts of the film. While one may have been responsible for the live-action parts, the other may have edited the animated action. Both have been kept decently paced and there doesn’t seem to be any abrupt jumps between the two worlds. But at 1 hour and 58 minutes, the film looks a bit too long considering that the target audience is largely children.
Alan Menken’s music is surely one of the film’s best highlights if you’re a fan of musicals. In fact, some of the songs are so good as lullabies that if you have small children at home, you’re bound to use some of them to put them to sleep or play them while feeding them.
“Disenchanted”: Can kids watch it?
‘Disenchanted’ is a worthy next step in the ‘Enchanted’ universe. However, it’s not one of those live-animated movies that even adults would love. This one is only for the children and those who want to follow what is happening in the “Enchanted” universe. For the rest, you can definitely avoid this. I’m going with 2 stars.