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Review: Disney+ Original Movie ‘Disenchanted’

The all-new live-action musical comedy “Disenchanted” is available to stream now on Disney+.

The eagerly-anticipated sequel to “Enchanted,” reunites original cast members Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and James Marsden and also stars Maya Rudolph, Gabriella Baldacchino, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays.

The official synopsis is as follows:

It has been 15 years since Giselle (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) wed, but Giselle has grown disillusioned with life in the city, so they move their growing family to the sleepy suburban community of Monroeville in search of a more fairy tale life. Unfortunately, it isn’t the quick fix she had hoped for. Suburbia has a whole new set of rules and a local queen bee, Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), who makes Giselle feel more out of place than ever. Frustrated that her happily ever after hasn’t been so easy to find, she 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. Now, Giselle is in a race against time to reverse the spell and determine what happily ever after truly means to her and her family. 

Directed by Adam Shankman from a screenplay by Brigitte Hales and a story by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Richard LaGravenese, “Disenchanted” is produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Amy Adams, with Jo Burn, Sunil Perkash, and Adam Shankman serving as executive producers. The movie features songs with music by 8-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by three-time Oscar-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose work on “Enchanted” garnered three Academy Award® nominations and a score by Alan Menken.

The story begins some years after the last story left off and finds Robert, Giselle, a teenage Morgan, and new baby Sofia leaving New York City and moving to the suburb of Monroeville.  Life in the new town isn’t exactly what the family hopes for and new pressures quickly mount as everyone tries to adjust.  Prince Edward and Nancy pay a visit from Andalasia to present Sofia with a wishing wand.  As Giselle continues to feel frustrated with their new life, she decides to use the wand and wish for a real-life fairy tale – and Jumping Jellysticks – Monroeville is transformed into the new magical land of Monrolasia. As Giselle seeks to find her place in this new world, trouble ensues and maybe sometimes…some wishes should not come true.

The sequel is just as magical, whimsical, and enchanting as the 2007 original film, however, this time around feels more epic. The movie features more musical numbers but are executed on a much grander scale.  Patrick Dempsey even shows off his singing and dancing skills.  Idina Menzel is able to belt out more powerful songs which was sorely missed from the last film. The stand-out performance is Amy Adams and Maya Rudolph performing side by side in a wickedly good production.

Amy Adams was born to play Giselle and Rudolph delivers an outstanding performance as the villain.  Pip the Chipmunk makes his triumphant return and steals the show with comedic antics just like in the original film.  Keep your eyes peeled for plentiful easter eggs with many nods to Beauty and the Beast.

Ultimately, “Disenchanted” does not disappoint like other franchise sequels and should be added to your family-friendly streaming list.

Amy Adams as Giselle in Disney’s live-action DISENCHANTED, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The digital soundtrack from Walt Disney Records is available now on a variety of digital platforms including Amazon and Spotify.

You can watch the trailer for the movie below:

The first film “Enchanted” is also available to stream now on Disney+.

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