I just got home from seeing the new Disney movie, "Enchanted." I wasn't going to go and see this movie -- no reason really -- just thought I would wait for it to go to DVD and save the $9.00 ticket price (plus goodies). But, my parents were going and it is raining today (really? in Phoenix? Yes!) and it just seemed like a good day to go to the movies. I will admit to being a big Disney fan and while I have been less than enthusiastic of their more recent releases, I have a soft spot in my heart for all things "Disney." Maybe it is because I am a child of the 1960's and I remember seeing 'Bambi' at the movie theaters (and cried all the way home when I saw what I thought was Bambi's mother strapped to the top of a car). I was in my peak movie watching years when "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Swiss Family Robinson" debuted. My brothers and I were dropped off at the movie theaters and were given a $1 each to spend on candy or popcorn. It was a kiddie affair back then, one of the safest places for weary Mom's to deposit their kids and take a few hours off. When I was 10, my friends and I, would go to the movies each Saturday and it was always the one thing we looked forward to each week (that and roller skating). Disney and me -- we have always had a love affair -- and even though I have cringed over the years at some of their story lines -- overall I still will watch a Disney movie well before I will watch any other kind.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and thought it was "enchanting" to say the least. It is a delightful movie and has absolutely nothing "untoward" in it. The PG rating is probably due to some of the graphic images (the dragon in the end is pretty scary looking) and the intense story line of the Queen trying to kill Giselle. I thought Patrick Dempsey was delightful and Amy Adams, who plays the title role of Giselle, was just perfect as the story book princess transported to modern day New York City. I loved every part of this movie and actually could see it again, just to enjoy the music and dance scenes. The choreography is superb and the score, written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, is so typical of their other wonderful collaborations (Beauty and the Beast, Pocohontas, The Little Mermaid, etc.).
I think this movie is a great family film (sentimental dads would enjoy it too) and it is a nice film to see this Christmas season.