Disenchanted (2022) Movie Review

In the 2000s, fantasy films gained immense popularity, and one of the standout films was Disney’s “Enchanted” (2007). The film follows Giselle, a princess from the animated world who is banished to the real world, particularly New York.

Now, after 15 years, Giselle’s story continues in its sequel, “Disenchanted”. Amy Adams returns as Giselle, and the movie is directed by Adam Shankman. Along with Adams, “Disenchanted” also features Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph, Idina Menzel, James Marsden, and other notable actors.

In “Disenchanted”, Giselle leads a domestic life with her husband Robert, stepdaughter Morgan, and their daughter Sofia. As Morgan reaches her teenage years, her relationship with Giselle becomes strained. Unable to deal with the realities of their relationship, Giselle makes a wish that her life could be a fairy tale once more.

 

Disenchanted movie review

Not as charming as the first film, but still fun

If you’ve seen Enchanted, you’ll agree that the film presents a unique concept in which animated fairytale characters are transformed into live-action characters and choose to live in the real world. Enchanted can also be seen as a parody that satirizes the unrealistic portrayal of true love in fairy tale princesses.

Similarly, Disenchanted continues to parody fairy tale stereotypes, particularly the evil stepmother trope. This sequel focuses more on the relationship between Giselle and her stepdaughter Morgan, now a teenager, as Giselle adjusts to her domestic life as a wife and mother.

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However, some viewers may feel that the charm of Giselle’s naivety and innocence in Enchanted is missing in Disenchanted as Giselle is portrayed as more experienced and less naive in the real world.

Despite this, Disenchanted still presents an interesting storyline that includes the unexpected transformation of Giselle into a villainous stepmother, which provides a comedic and entertaining element to the film.

Villain Ratu is less attractive and lacks the role of some of the main characters of Enchanted

Disenchanted features two villains, Giselle and Malvina Monroe, the head of the Monroeville city council, who transforms into a power-hungry queen. Giselle’s transformation into an evil stepmother is an interesting concept, but presenting Malvina as another villain feels exaggerated and she is not as intimidating as Queen Narissa in Enchanted.

The lack of roles for the main characters of Enchanted in the sequel is unfortunate. Robert, Giselle’s husband, only serves to complement nostalgia, and Edward is only a minor character. However, Nancy, who was less important in Enchanted, has a major contribution in Disenchanted.

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Ending is a bit forced and less excited

Based on the points mentioned above, Disenchanted seems to have fallen short in comparison to its predecessor, Enchanted. The magic and charm of the first film are difficult to replicate in the sequel, and the plot at times feels forced. The competition between Giselle and Malvina for power, as well as the fight scenes, were awkwardly executed, and certain story elements felt like they were included simply to improve the relationship between Giselle and Morgan.

Despite these flaws, the film still manages to have some touching moments, particularly in the bond between Giselle and Morgan. Additionally, the nostalgia factor may be appealing for viewers. The 2D animation used in the film is also a rare and enjoyable sight in today’s film industry.

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If you have not watched Disenchanted yet, this review may help you decide whether or not to give it a try. For those who have seen it, feel free to share your own opinions and thoughts on the film.

Zephyrine

Zephyrine is an experienced film critic who has worked for many magazines and websites specializing in cinema. She has a deep education in film history and theory, as well as a passion for classic and independent films. Writing style: Zephyrine always evaluates films objectively and honestly, not influenced by external factors such as the fame of actors or directors. She often focuses on the content, screenplay, technique, and personal feelings to provide insights and reviews of the film. Her writing style is easy to understand and familiar to readers, but also professional and profound. Notable articles: "Step Up" - Success comes from the perseverance and relentless effort of young people "The Social Network" - A fantastic documentary film about the birth of Facebook "Moonlight" - A touching story about love and the essence of humanity "Nomadland" - A poignant journey of a mature woman "Parasite" - A sensational film of Korean cinema with profound social messages.

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