Amy Adams is known to have earned an Oscar for her portrayal of Giselle in the 2007 Disney classic Enchanted. The Academy pissed him off, but the film was nominated for a trio of his amazing original songs, meaning he had yet to make it. to execute at the Academy Awards ceremony. If you’re going to drag Amy Adams onto the Oscar stage, for the love of Andalusia, give her a nod to less!
Fortunately, the Academy will have a chance to right its mistakes Disenchanted, the long-awaited sequel to the film, in which Adams revives his signature glitter. Yes, Adams once again deserves an Oscar for her role in Disenchanted. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as compliments go for the sequel: the rest of the film, from the convoluted plot to the complete lack of humor, falls short of its predecessor.
While part of the charm of Enchanted was the harsh New York setting, the sequel says goodbye to the Big Apple. As the film opens, Giselle, Robert (Patrick Dempsey), their new tiny baby, and grown Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) move out of town as Giselle misses Andalasia. She wants her fairytale world back. This completely undermines the entire message of the first film: Giselle moved to New York because she’s busy and frantic and she wants to turn those subway frowns upside down.
However, the family packs up and moves to Monroeville, aka Suburbia, the place Giselle believes is closest to her old magical kingdom. But life is not as perfect as one might think. (She has seen Blue velvet?) Sweet little Morgan is no longer a little girl, and she’s slipping into the “totally cruel teenager who hates her stepmother” trope. Seems like a random decision, considering she loved Giselle so much in the first film. And then there’s poor Robert, who has a total of five minutes of screen time in this sequel, during which he battles his own inner demons: working 9-5.
This is not the happy lifestyle Giselle was looking for. So, using a magic wand given to her by King Edward (James Marsden) and Queen Nancy (Idina Menzel) of Andalasia, Giselle wishes her Bad American Dream would go away. Overnight, she’s back in fairytale land, where everyone sings, her stepdaughter loves her, and her husband’s day job is fighting dragons instead of Excel spreadsheets. Perfect.
But perfect comes at a price, as we’ve learned from nearly every single fairy tale that has come before Disenchanted. In line with Cinderella, Snow White, and also the original Enchanted, with her “fairytale” desire, Giselle becomes an evil stepmother. Not only does she banish poor little Morgan from Monroeville, but she also sets her sights on taking down the town’s current queen, Malvina (Maya Rudolph, who, before the big fairytale change, was the perfect pissed-off president of the PTA).
Disenchanted it takes a full hour to spew this storyline: the move from New York, the tension between Giselle and Morgan, the epic rise of fairytale land, the descent into the evil stepmother. The joy, the horror. Because Disenchanted Do you need to move to the suburbs? There’s an obvious answer (Disney didn’t want to pay the big check to film in the Big Apple). But by banishing Giselle from her harmonious rats and cockroaches, the sequel loses the delightful Elf-like it quality of a fish out of water story.
Due to the time jump, Giselle is now fully acclimatised to life in the United States. That does Disenchanted so far from the original film’s premise, it hardly feels like a sequel. The only stupid lack of understanding that Giselle has for human civilization now is the concept of “sarcasm”, which the cranky teenager Morgan uses constantly, so really, Giselle should comprehend. No way to climb a billboard to a ‘castle’ in the New York sky, a joke Disenchanted repeats itself over and over again to remind viewers that this story was once upon a time, hey, fun.
The only good thing Disenchanted it is, again, Amy Adams herself. Code-switching between evil stepmother and lovable Giselle? Absolute genius. Though Disenchanted lacking in nearly every other department, Adams is still delivering a legendary performance. Whenever she starts singing for no reason, no matter how bad the song might be, we get the full Amy Adams experience.
Instead of dropping your sunglasses standing in Times Square and singing with strangers in Central Park, the best dark humor Disenchanted can offer her heroine is singing in the parking lot of a high school to embarrass her stepdaughter. Not only have the jokes gone down sharply, but the songs, likewise, are worse. None are as charming as “That’s How You Know” or as clever as “Happy Working Song,” though in the sequel, thank goodness, Nancy finally gets a song of her own. Let him rip, Idina!
When the original characters come out of the snoozefest script – the best is the dimwitted Prince Charming James Marsden, who is criminally underutilized in the sequel –Disenchanted it starts to feel more like its predecessor. But, by the end of the film, the story turns into complete chaos. No need for a second evil queen. The resolution seems undercooked, and where the heck is Robert? He was the romantic comedy lead in the first film and we miss him.
It’s a good thing Disenchanted arrives on Disney+ Friday, where it will inevitably earn a handful of nostalgic streams, rather than theaters. But don’t expect too much from the film, which, to its credit, had a lot to live up to. You’d better watch Enchanted twice instead watch this boring sequel. If all you’re interested in is Amy Adams’ stellar performance as Giselle, you might be in for a good time Disenchanted. Otherwise, the sequel loses any fairytale fantasy.