The magic of fairy tales returns in a witty story that is torn between comedy and drama. This is our review of "Disenchanted".
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LatinAmerican Post | Yolanda González Madrid
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Disney is an expert at telling stories that are enchanting, magical, and filled with lots of music, three details that have remained current throughout the years. But at a time when live action is taking the lead in the company, the sequel to a 2000s classic is the one that has generated great expectations among the audience. With "Disenchanted", the fresh and modern vision of fairy tales is presented with a different kind of magic.
In 2007, "Enchanted" presented a unique story whose purpose was to show us that each person could have a "happily ever after", even if it was slightly different from what magical tales portray. And it is that from the hand of Giselle many of us saw a powerful plot, whose spark has not gone out after 15 years of absence. It is even that period that is responsible for setting a much more modern fairy tale.
For this occasion, "Disenchanted" presents its protagonists at a crossroads, since they must leave behind their hectic life in New York to find a peaceful environment and thus be more comfortable as a family. Of course, all change is never easy and this is when Giselle begins to question her happiness. what to do in that case? Opt for the magic to relive a fairy tale, although that wish may not end with a happy ending.
The film directed by Adam Shankman would not have been possible without the return of the original cast. Amy Adams (Giselle), Patrick Dempsey (Robert), Idina Menzel (Nancy), and James Marsden (Edward) are the basis of this prequel, as much of the magic of "Enchanted" was due to their performances. To them is added the outstanding participation of Maya Rudolph (Malvina Monroe), as one of the villains; and Gabriella Baldacchino (Morgan), playing Robert's teenage daughter.
A Different Kind Of Magic
Early reviews of "Disenchanted" have been mixed, and the reason is that the approach to magic is a little different than what was seen in 2007. Hence, some fans felt betrayed or disappointed not to see a history that has grown with them, but rather to find a melody for new generations. With everything that, it is appropriate to mention that the essence of the prequel continues to be noticed in this new story.
In this sense, the plot develops between comedy, drama, and the inevitable musical touch, which at times seems to go too far. Quantity before quality seems to be Disney's bet this time. But beyond the fact that the songs do not have memorable lyrics or the stagings are not so dazzling either, several of these musical numbers shine for the interpretation of their characters.
The musical number that stars Robert, a character played by Patrick Dempsey, stands out far above the rest in every way. In the same way, Maya Rudolph steals the show with Amy Adams in a song where both "villains" face each other for being number one. While the magic and beauty of Idina Menzel speak for themselves. There is something for all tastes, without a doubt.
On the other hand, "Disenchanted" has a character who from the first minute is gaining more and more relevance: Morgan, Giselle's stepdaughter. The plot develops so that she becomes the heroine of the story, but make no mistake, Giselle continues to be the main figure despite becoming the evil stepmother of fairy tales, after making a wish that comes out wrong.
The highest and most remarkable point of the film falls on the performance of Amy Adams, the star that shines the brightest in this magical universe. Seeing her play against herself when little by little she is carried away by the spell, undoubtedly gives her character a more glamorous and joyful touch. Each gesture, exaggerated or not, gives him the necessary strength so that attention is focused on his actions.
On the other hand, a point that far exceeds the 2007 film is in the costume design and sets. Although all the inhabitants of the suburb are quite ordinary, the charm of the magical world of Andalasia takes over their realities to give them more color. But it is the costumes of the protagonists that completely amaze and pay homage to the classic Disney fairy tales in the modern world.
In "Disenchanted" you will see very beautiful stories, with unique and different magic from its predecessor. Here, Giselle manages to convey a charming message that goes beyond one's happiness and also highlights the importance of knowing how to listen to the family when the moment requires it. In the end, the most important thing is that we all search and we can be "happily ever after."