I just got back from an advance screening of the new Disney movie, Enchanted. Going into it I had seen the previews and I wasn’t expecting that much; it seemed like it would be that stupid kind of try-too-hard comedy that you find in movies like The Animal. I was pleasantly surprised; it is over-the-top, but it is quite intentional and it’s a well-executed tongue-in-cheek, poking fun at itself and the clichés of the princess-fairy-tale genre.

It’s completely ridiculous, but in a good way. Don’t let the live actors fool you; despite the relative lack of cartoon artwork, the film is a cartoon. But it’s a fun one, and if you look really hard you might notice how the story plays with the elements of fairy-tale adventure.

It begins as a standard princess fairy tale, albeit one in which the silly tropes of the likes of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and the rest of the Disney princess movies are exaggerated to absurd proportions. But at the end it takes some fun liberties, turning things upside down a bit, while still remaining firmly over-the-top with its humor throughout.

Overall, it’s a fun family movie; when I laughed I felt like I was laughing at it, but knew full well that I was laughing at what I was intended to laugh at. If you have any children, especially girls, it wouldn’t hurt to take them to see Enchanted. And you’ll probably have some fun with it, too.

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