Disenchanted

Disillusioned with life in the city, feeling out of place in suburbia, and frustrated that her happily ever after hasn’t been so easy to find, Giselle turns to the magic of Andalasia for help. Accidentally transforming the entire town into a real-life fairy tale and placing her family’s future happiness in jeopardy, she must race against time to reverse the spell and determine what happily ever after truly means to her and her family.

  • Released: 2022-12-16
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Stars: Amy Adams, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Kolton Stewart, Oscar Núñez, Gabby Baldacchino, Gabriella Baldacchino, Griffin Newman
  • Director: Adam Shankman
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  • mrliam - 10 January 2023
    Not bad, but nothing that could match the first.
    This film had a great idea, with what step mothers are in fairy tails and Amy Adams plays the role amazingly.

    But there is something off, it feels more like Disney wanted to make a fairytale musical and this IP made the most sense to attach to it.

    Maybe budget isn't helping as 2D animation felt cheaper, the occasional jump cut between shots during a scene and sometimes scenes would just end and fade out. Just those details made it feel like Disney+ film (which it is) than a theatrical release.

    Even songs (which this film feels like it has in abundance) haven't stayed with me. They were fun to listen to but I've just finished watching it and I couldn't think of a lyric. That doesn't mean the songs are not enjoyable but compared to the original it just a hard act to follow.

    That said it's not bad, the sets and costumes look incredible, the CGI is very fun with particles reminiscent of the good ol' Disney magic and plenty of references to find.

    The mother/daughter relationship which is at the heart of the film was interesting, while there could have been much more tension between the two to drive the plot forward.

    Overall the movie is good, I'd watch it again for sure but it really had a hard time to live up to the original.
  • nogodnomasters - 9 January 2023
    When Worlds Collide
    Giselle (Amy Adams) gets sent out of Andalasia and exiled to New York. Here she meets Robert (Patrick Dempsey) who has a daughter Morgan (Patrick Dempsey) who is now a teen and wishes her mother would stop singing all the time. Mom is still naive and has trouble with sarcasm. She was to move to Monroeville, a fairy tale suburb of New York. Things to not go well but Giselle or her family in the new town. Giselle decides to fix everything by using the wishing wand with the undesired consequences as everybody assumes their fairy tale role.

    AS typical Disney knocks it out of the park with vocals and actors, Amy Adams was marvelous in her role. They even made fun of all the singing in Disney films. The plot was not engaging for an adult.
  • ryanmo-35178 - 8 January 2023
    Give me back my enchanted...
    Enchanted was one of my favourite movie, as the story was interesting, the songs were good and the actors performed well. So when I knew disenchanted was coming, I was just 'wow'...and could not wait to watch when it's issued on Disney plus...wow how come the story was so boring (I need to watch separately by 3 times). Sorry but the actors grew older, the daughter became a little fat girl, and how come the evil big boss was so just so unipressed...I remember how Susan acted. The plot was so uninteresting, the change of Gillselle was so weak, the last fight was so fake, and the collision of the real world and the animated kingdom was so not exciting.. sorry but really unimpressed by this movie. It's better to rewatch enchanted again...
  • KENnethHField - 7 January 2023
    Amy Adams my heroin."It's more enchanted."
    I loved and admired the predecessor. I could just enjoy this as a movie, as the sequel to a film I loved, and as a story.

    Of the character I love. Or I just enjoyed watching the predecessor's actresses and actors act and smile (I hope some of them were real.) First of all, I felt nostalgia, even though I just watched the predecessor a year ago. (I am a bouy who was born in Japan in the year the predecessor was released.) Giselle doesn't act like she did before so much, but Amy Adams acted great as Giselle herself or even as "wicked" Giselle. Her complicated impression between Giselle herself and "wicked" Giselle was well done. It's difficult for me to compare her performance in the previous film to this one because it's been 15 years. So they changed, and Giselle became wicked for a time. However, I think Amy Adams' acting as Giselle has become somewhat modest, her acting as "wicked" Giselle was skillful too. Amy Adams sings and dances beautifully, and the dances and songs were enjoyable. I especially like the moment when she runs to a band of citizens to dance with; it was like she got out from Disney animation (38:54). Robert dances and sings (it was weird watching Robert act like that). Idina Menzel finally sings, but her voice wasn't as good as I expected. Anyway I believe (hope) that her acting has improved. In the last scene, Idina Menzel seemed really happy. James Marsden acted,sang as nicely as before, I am just glad he didn't change. The animation scene with him and his queen was nicely done. It's a shame that I didn't notice that Pip's voice actor has changed. Amy Adams, despite her changes, never loses her beauty. Her smiles and gestures reminded me of Giselle and Amy Adams in the enchanted. Amy Adams/Giselle was the same Amy Adams/Giselle who attracted me and stole my heart.

    I rewatched the predecessor as I saw many reviews saying this one is a bad sequel. And I noticed several things.

    First of all, I don't understand its target demographic. Maybe it's because of the era, but this movie seemed to be rather childish and cheap compared to its predecessor. Especially how people (including Morgan) around Giselle react to her.

    Secondly, Malvina Monroe is too vicious for a Disney movie, I believe. (As I said, maybe it's because of the era.) to me, watching Malvina Monroe bully Giselle was just annoying. And Maya Rudolph was just making funny faces. Or I can say that she succeeded in making me hate her (as Amy Adams succeeded in making me like her and think she is really innately innocent, kind, and warmhearted).

    Thirdly, the idea of "wicked" Giselle was fun and another way of enjoying Giselle; it also gave Amy Adams an opportunity to act as Giselle in a different way. Amy Adams is a good actress who can act variously, from an innocent, kind girl to a wicked stepmother.

    But it might have been unpleasant to see Giselle becoming a wicked stepmother (I first surprised). Watching Giselle fight with "wicked Giselle" was a spectacle due to Amy Adams' acting. "Wicked" Giselle is She is, indeed, a far cry from her predecessor's original Giselle. I believe it was because of "some reason." Maybe they thought letting Amy Adams act as Giselle 15 years later wasn't a good idea. Anyway, it was good to see Amy Adams/Giselle in the last scene.

    Although the last scene and the ball scene were done by the predecessor, they were emotional and important.

    Furthermore, many reviews say the plot could have been better; but to me, it was a good sequel. Maybe it was just like destroying the previous happily ever after and then creating another happily ever after. That was like a step back, and two steps ahead. Anyway, I was just glad for the sequel. So it was a nice story about a crisis after the happily ever after. However, I could say that I missed the same filmmakers, but how could this movie have been better if the same filmmakers had made it?

    At least, I could enjoy Amy Adams' acting as "wicked" Giselle. I still miss the predecessor, though.

    Finally, I guess they made Amy Adams look different to make her fit the role of "wicked" Giselle.

    She was just temporarily wicked, and many actors and actresses appeared (Nathaniel and some didn't). I can't deny the reviews saying this could have been better. But was this the worst?

    At least this movie and its predecessor managed to make me emotional.

    Fun, tiny fine things, and amusing behaviours were not as prevalent as in the predecessor. This is what a movie is and can do. This is what their job is. This even made me want to meet the characters and the cast, especially Amy Adams.

    Amy Adams' voice and Alan Menken's job were fantastic, certainly. Perhaps because this movie is a blend of many Disney movies, Idina Menzel sang the song "Love Power." To be honest, I wanted Amy Adams to sing, but maybe it wasn't the right kind of song (tone or something like that) for Amy Adams to sing. Anyway, I laughed when the lyrics of the song included "let it grow."

    Although the last scene and the ball scene were done by the predecessor, they were emotional and important.

    This film and the actresses and actors gave me a chance to get into the world of fantasy, as its predecessor did. I will never forget the cosy time I spent watching Enchanted and Disenchanted. It was so good that I could see those characters in modern times with better video quality. The harmony between reality and a fairy tale-like story is excellent.

    The last scene was so nice, especially when Giselle looked at Robert and Morgan talking with her love interest. It was so family thing. And this happily ever after is relatively practical that you can maybe accomplish. In the last, Giselle looked exactly the same as she did in the predecessor. These actresses and actors must have (or may have) felt something as well.

    The ending credit animation was somewhat sorrowful. The ending animation was like someone's dream about an old, good memory or the memory after everyone's gone. The song "Love Power" matched the ending role. I still wonder what it would have been like if Amy Adams had sung it.

    I will never forget Enchanted and Disenchated that taught me a dream everyone should remember.

    Thank you to the actresses, actors, and filmmakers, especially the great actress Amy Adams.

    Amy Adams You are my heroine, whom I respect, admire, and want to learn from. Thank you for your work.
  • nezaketerismen - 7 January 2023
    More musical than a movie
    While his first movie was really good and flowing, this movie was a complete mess. It really had a lot of musical scenes. I know there were musical scenes in the first movie, but believe me, it wasn't that much and definitely unnecessary. The sequel felt like it was made just for the sake of it. I didn't expect their lives to be perfect, but I don't know, Morgan's behavior absolutely shocked me. When I watched the first movie, I was so sure that Morgan put her in her mother's place. It saddened me to be called 'stepmother' in this movie. I don't think it should have been this way. And as I said, there were really too many songs, too many unnecessary ones.
  • goshamorrell - 6 January 2023
    Another Sequel that was not made right.
    In 2007's "Enchanted," the clash between the naiveté and eternal optimism of classic Disney-ified animated fairytales and the cynical real world of Manhattan felt fresh and invigorating. Amy Adams' committed performance as Giselle, a Disney princess personified, catapulted her into mainstream success. But as Disney's IP continues to saturate the market, it's fitting that their latest direct-to-streaming dip back into this magical well is entitled "Disenchanted." Directed by Adam Shankman, the story is set about a decade after the events depicted in the first film. Giselle and high-powered Manhattan lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey) have married, had a baby named Sofia, and wide-eyed little Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino, taking over the role from Rachel Covey) has become a stereotypical surly teen. The "fixer-upper" is disparaged by just about everyone, from Morgan to the PTA queen bee of Monroeville, Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), and even the King and Queen of Andalasia (James Marsden and Idina Menzel, reprising their roles). The script (which has four credited writers) doesn't explore their adjustment period, though it does give Giselle and Morgan plenty of time to bicker. Although it's gorgeous to look at (especially Joan Bergin's costumes), "Disenchanted" fails to truly rekindle the magic or the biting wit of its predecessor. Like most things stamped Disney these days, the film feels just like the mass-produced bobbles for sale at the Disney store. There may be a little bit of recognizable magic left on the surface, but that's about it. Monroeville is never built out beyond a few minutes in a high school hallway, the commuter train station platform, and one coffee shop. What does this film have to say about those who leave the city for the suburbs or those who live in them? If the idea is that it's not the "closest thing to a fairytale" after all, then we need to see more of what it is before it becomes part of Giselle's accidental curse. We need to meet more than just Malvina and her cronies (Yvette Nicole Brown and Jayma Mays), a few mean girls whose names we never hear, and Malvina's generic jock son Tyson (Kolton Stewart). The setting also never fully meshes with the film's exploration of the power of memory.
  • krpdimitra - 5 January 2023
    Not as good as the first one
    Disenchanted didn't live up to Enchanted. First of all, it had me wondering why a perfectly balanced movie needed a musical as its sequel. I never not once got frustrated over Giselle suddenly starting singing in the first one cause it was just a few times and with actually catchy songs. In disenchanted there is way more singing than needed and it has those songs that you don't even remember the melody after two minutes, like the actor was literally creating it that exact moment. The main thing that charmed us all in Enchanted, that is to say the romance between Giselle and Robert, was put aside and neglected , like some side story. And I understand Disney didn't have more to say about them but I would have much more enjoyed a good story about some marriage crisis than this whole "Andalasian magic" thing. Not a bad movie, just not a movie of Enchanted 's league, and not one I'll ever think of watching again.
  • pmtelefon - 4 January 2023
    Better than I expected
    Belated sequels are always a little dicey. "Disenchanted" ends up doing a pretty good job. It does have it's problems but, overall, it succeeds in what it wanted to do. One of the problems is its length. I never understood how a sequel can end up being longer than the original. "Disenchanted" ends up being about fifteen minutes too long. The other problem (it goes hand-in-hand with the first one) is that there are too many songs in this movie. It's not just that there are too many songs, it's that most of the songs are totally forgettable. Half of the songs should have been trimmed. The cast is a big plus in this movie, even the usually annoying Maya Rudolph. I won't be coming back to "Disenchanted" the way I do the original but tonight I enjoyed watching it.
  • Apollocandybar - 1 January 2023
    Quite bad
    We were excited for this sequel, as we loved the original Enchanted and its soundtrack. We knew sequels rarely measure uo, so our expectations were low. Apparently not low enough! The entire plot is absurdity. Maya Rudolph was particularly awful in this. After half of the movie passed, I couldn't find a plot thread. The entire thing reminded me of the very bad Cinderella with Whitney Houston and Brandy: garish colors, cheap sets, pointless songs.

    It could have been better, for sure. The "we need to move" reasoning was so flimsy. The biggest part of Enchanted's charm was. Giselle's naivete, and that aspect is gone in Disenchanted.
  • elyseesilva - 31 December 2022
    It was okay
    Disney has been pushing out sequels for movies and sadly Enchanted was next on the list. I watched the first one for the first time recently so I'm not all too attached to the franchise but I really liked the creativity of the first one. A parody of the classic princess story. The first half of this movie was quite formulaic. Even though Morgan makes a throw away joke about it being cliché it still is. (Especially the 'meet cute' she had) I thought it was going to be a realization for Giselle that everything is not always like a fairytale but the movie took a sharp turn with that plot point which was disappointing. The ending does not make a lot of sense (trying to avoid spoilers.) But, I still think to children the target demographic for this movie it will be at least a little enjoyable especially since you probably don't need to watch the first movie to understand what is happening here, one thing I thought this movie did well. I personally quite enjoyed it and I think whoever you are reading this might enjoy it too so go watch it. (P. S I thought the songs were okay.)
  • rossjackson2 - 31 December 2022
    A disenchanting experience
    I loved the first film Enchanted - it was fun, funny and was a great fish-out-of-water story. It was also self aware making fun of Disney films themselves. This sequel fails to capture any of the essence of that film and ends up feeling more like a straight up live action Disney princess story. Whereas in the first film the songs were few (and used to comedic effect), Disenchanted has many and uses them in a traditional musical Disney style (and they're not funny except maybe the kitchen scene). On the plus side it's great to see the original cast back with Amy Adams slotting neatly back into her role. Couldn't help feeling that James Marsden was wasted a bit as he was a stand out from the first film - definitely needed more screen time.

    If you loved Enchanted then I'd maybe give this a miss if you don't want to be disappointed. If you like Disney princess stories then maybe give it a shot!
  • mariamosama-14891 - 31 December 2022
    The Hints in the Beginning of the movie lead me to a different PLOT!!
    Robert, who rode the train over and over and over..., would get lifeless, and it would seem that he needed something "MAGICAL" to change his life.

    Morgan couldn't find a way to fit in. She seemed too ODD for the rest of the kids.

    We find out later that the Queen had an ugly kid that she kept away from the crowds.

    Giselle wanted to ease it for Robert, so she asked the " Three Gardeners" to babysit the kid.

    Morgan, who was not convinced about the provincial life, had to find her way to a new adventure where she met the ugly kid "BEAST." Giselle and Robert felt threatened by the "Queen" with kidnapping their baby girl If Morgan hadn't gone away from her son.

    That's when the 3 Gardners revealed themselves to be the three fairies. They ensured Giselle and Robert that they would take good care of the baby girl and protect her.

    The Beast became Ugly because he was unkind, something his mother never taught him.

    Morgan started to teach him kindness and giving.

    Love Power is the strongest, but love with no kindness, giving, and sharing is useless!

    Giselle and Robert believed that the Queen didn't deserve to be a mother for what she'd done to her kid.

    When life got so disappointing, Giselle had to use the wand.

    But not to change worlds, to change oneself!

    She had to use "Magic" to bring back the good memories that reminded the Queen of the Good she had inside.

    The moral of the movie will lie in How Kindness and Love can make Miracles and Wishes come true!

    And that True Magic comes from Inside.

    In the end, Robert found a way to make friends with the other passengers and enjoy their everyday ride.

    Morgan knew that all the kindness she had, she got from Giselle, remembered their good memories, and made up.

    Giselle learned that you couldn't give up who you are as long as you fight for a good cause!

    But What the movie reflected is how greedy Giselle was by first moving to another place without ensuring that Rober and Morgan are okay with it, And Secondly, when she wished to bring back her world because she missed it, not taking into consideration that Morgan missed hers as well!!

    She deserved to be a wicked stepmother!

    And that's horrible because this is not what "Enchanted" wanted to deliver!!

    Please, reconsider the movie!

    It's going to ugly places, not good ones at all!!
  • troyrowley - 30 December 2022
    Not as good as the first, but still an entertaining movie
    I watched Enchanted at least 100 times with my oldest daughter when it originally premiered and then 100 more times with my second daughter when she discovered it several years later. We so enjoyed the original with its singing and captivating characters and fun storyline. Disenchanted, while not as good as the original Enchanted, still was a fun movie to watch with my two daughters who are now much older. Some of the songs were a little canned sounding, but others, especially those sung by Idina Menzel, were fabulous. The interactions between the characters are funny and it seems like they're enjoying themselves. Overall we were entertained and enjoyed the movie.
  • mariamroumie - 29 December 2022
    Great TWIST in a FAIRYTALE- BEAUTIFUL!
    I dont know why this movie has a low review. It deserves at least a 7 or 8. It was beautiful, funny and just as great as the first movie. I think i watched disenchanted 3 times so far (lol). I LOVE the twist with Gisselle becoming wicked, it was an interesting take to the movie. I love how it relates to real life, the struggles of Giselle finding herself. Thank you producers for the great film. SO worth the wait! The only downside (but this is my personal opinion) is that there was a bit too much singing in the movie. But overall its a great movie that i would recommend if you have seen the first movie and loved it.