November 21, 2007

Enchanting "Enchanted"

It is nice to see that Disney has a sense of humor, sending up its own fairy tales in the new movie "Enchanted". Much of the credit belongs to a clever script and its stars Amy Adams and James Marsden. They give spot-on performances as the stereotypical Disney Princess and Prince Charming. They have great singing voices and Ms. Adams (who I loved in "Junebug") is a great physical and comic actress. The film of course reteams Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, and we are rewarded with a hummable score. Scenes will remind you of classics like Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Lady and the Tramp, Beauty and the Beast, including a Central Park production number to end all production numbers. Aside from familiar Disney creatures like chipmunks, baby deer, watch out for cameos from Disney heroines Jodi Benson(Ariel), Paige O'Hara(Belle) and Broadway stars Tonya Pinkins and Judy Kuhn. Idina Menzel, formerly of "Rent" and "Wicked" has a supporting role. I read that she sang "Enchanted" with James Marsden but this was unfortunately cut. Hopefully they will put it back in the DVD. Anyway, go see "Enchanted" this holiday season and fall under its spell.

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