The story starts off with a princess named Giselle who longs to meet her prince, which is a usual fairytale. However, the evil sorceress and queen, called Narissa, forces Giselle into a place where there are no happily-ever-afters. That is real-life New York City.
Giselle looks for help, and is found by a man named Robert. He lets her stay with him.
While in NYC, Giselle longs to return to her kingdom, Andalasia – except that no one can locate it anywhere while she is in Robert’s office. Giselle learns to adjust to the real world while waiting for her prince to come.
First are the parts that I liked.
1: The musical numbers
The songs were fantastic. I enjoyed the “That’s How You Know” scene, especially the Calypso drumming moments done by the park musicians. The other numbers, such as the one at the beginning that Giselle sings, were also good.
2: The Plot Twists
One notable example is where Giselle rescues Robert from the Queen Narissa after she turns into a dragon. I appreciate fairytale twists straying away from the traditional approaches. In this instance, the princess rescues the male.
Another interesting twist is the bond between Giselle and Morgan, Robert’s 6-year-old daughter. Although I didn’t think Nancy, Robert’s girlfriend, was so bad, Morgan enjoys Giselle more.
3: Giselle’s development
She starts off as a stereotypical Disney princess who acts very strangely, but grows into a different person when in the real-life world. She learns about dating, how love takes time, and develops feelings for Robert.
And now onto the parts that I disliked.
1: Robert’s reactions to Giselle’s behavior in his apartment
Giselle does some pretty naughty things in Robert’s apartment, such as make clothes from his curtains, sing to call animals to do the chores, yet end up with bugs, rats, and pigeons, and more. But Robert’s reactions were too casual and relaxed. He would have kicked her out and reported her to law enforcement in real life.
However, plot convenience mattered more.
2: Why did Giselle’s hair have to be cut?
When Giselle first appears, her hair flows to the waist and hip area. But when she goes to a ball near the end, it’s mid-back length.
Yes, Morgan teaches her about neatness and makeovers. However, I don’t see the significance of Giselle’s haircut and why it needed to happen. I can’t imagine that it would have messed up the storyline had she not cut her locks.
I hope you enjoyed this critique. I rate “Enchanted” 4.5 out of 5 stars.