Director: Kevin Lima. Screenplay: Bill Kelly. Stars: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Susan Sarandon . Released: November 17, 2007.
Giselle, the heroine of an animated wonderland, unexpectedly falls down a well into real-life Manhattan, where she meets a pragmatic divorce lawyer, and is followed by her dashing suitor and the evil witch who wants her trapped or killed.
Disney's surprisingly deft parody/tribute to its own animated classics, Enchanted survives on Amy Adams's effortless ability to hold the audience's attention, not to mention that of every character on screen. This updating of the familiar 'daft animated heroine meets even-more-beautiful prince' story takes on life and depth, literally and figuratively, when Adams's guileless Giselle is exiled New York City, where she meets cynical divorce lawyer Patrick Dempsey, his doleful daughter, and unproposed-to lady friend (Idina Menzel, from Wicked). Susan Sarandon's lax turn as the unscary wicked witch is more than made up for by Adams, Dempsey, Timothy Spall, James Marsden, a nontalking chipmunk, and various urban fauna. Pure delight.