Disenchanted (2022)
November 18, 2022 7:29 AM - Subscribe

Disillusioned with life in the city, feeling out of place in suburbia, and frustrated that her happily ever after hasn't been so easy to find, Giselle (Amy Adams) turns to the magic of Andalasia for help. Accidentally transforming the entire town into a real-life fairy tale and placing her family's future happiness in jeopardy, she must race against time to reverse the spell and determine what happily ever after truly means to her and her family.

Also starring Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph, Adele Dazeem, James Marsden, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays.

50% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US as a Disney Plus original. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total)
The only time I ever see terrible movies is when I take bus trips to NYC. So the terrible movies tend to be NYC-themed. When this movie started up, I rolled my eyes and sighed, but it turned out to be delightful. It's when I first discovered that Amy Adams is just wonderful, and even truly terrible movies (i.e. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian") are worth it if she is in it.
posted by acrasis at 2:12 PM on November 18, 2022

acrasis, are you referring to the original Enchanted (which IS delightful!) or this sequel, Disenchanted? I won’t be watching this until tomorrow, but I’m hoping against hope it captures at least some of the original magic.
posted by m@f at 3:29 PM on November 18, 2022

I must be referring to the original; I guess I'll be watching here to see if the sequel is good!
posted by acrasis at 4:17 PM on November 18, 2022

As always villains get the best costuming. I love Gielle's evil stepmother peacock dress.
posted by Karmakaze at 9:43 AM on November 19, 2022

I'm going through Serious Life Shit at the moment (honestly, 2022 can suck it) and I thought this movie would be exactly what I needed.

It was... partially what I needed. Didn't quite fit the bill. Certainly not a keeper, like Enchanted - I doubt I'd watch it again.

Amy Adams was having a whale of a time as the evil stepmother! I find her incredibly watchable. I enjoyed every scene with Evil!Giselle. "My hair is so high and my dress is so low!" Lol. I enjoyed that the romance took a back seat to the relationships between the main female characters.

I found the songs... disappointing. 'Badder', the duet between Maya Rudolph and Amy Adams, felt like it came from a different movie, it was so much fun, so clever and genuinely catchy. But the others? Awful! Idina Menzel's voice is so amazing, making her sing a boring song like 'Love Power' pretty much amounts to a crime in my book.

I am a big Disney animation buff, and I wished there were more animated sequences - the one towards the tail end of the movie was moderately enjoyable - and more shout outs to vintage Disney, as in Enchanted. Enchanted felt like a love-letter to traditional Disney, but this one didn't, so much. Oh, yeah, I mean I caught the lyrical shout outs (it was hard not to) and there were one or two really lovely touches like the blink and you'll miss it animated overhead shot of a young woman showing her book to some sheep (who obviously start eating it)... But Enchanted had a boatload more Easter eggs like the restaurant called Bella Notte and the cameos by Paige O' Hara and Jodi Benson. I loved catching those. Maybe I missed some in Disenchanted? Who knows.
posted by unicorn chaser at 12:45 PM on November 19, 2022

Man, the throwback 2-D animation sequences in this were rough. If this is something even Disney can’t pull off convincingly, I guess it truly is a dead art.
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:16 AM on November 26, 2022

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