DISENCHANTED was an incredible letdown and disappointment. There was no reason to create this film excerpt for the good of the franchise and DISNEY+. 

The problem for me was the story line. I adored the original film ENCHANTED. I have watched it dozens of times over the years. It always made me smile, leave me hopeful, and wishing for a “happily ever after” for everyone. I was excited for a sequel to a wonderful story. This is not what happened in DISENCHANTED. Yes, Giselle (Amy Adams), was delightful with what she had to work with script-wise. Robert (Patrick Dempsey), is still an adorable hunk. The rest of the cast, Maya Rudolph, Idina Menzel, James Marsden, Yvette Nichole Brown, Jayna Mays, and Gabriella Baldacchino…you were all okay.  It just felt like same-old, same-old for their characterizations. There was the angst-filled teen, the cartoon king and queen, the “mean” villain and her minions. The writers must have hit a blank wall to have to throw in a touch of CINDERELLA and RAPUNZEL. The theme of a “wicked stepmother” really gets old especially in this modern world where most every family has a stepmom. Enough. Just enough. 

A good test of a musical is if any of the songs or musical numbers are memorable. Will viewers be humming any of these tunes long after the film is done. I think not. And I feel it was a little cheesy for Idina to sing “Let it grow” in her belting style. She is a very talented singer who has more range and depth. It was a let-down moment. 

DISENCHANTED is bright, lively, fast-paced but with no substance. I am a huge fan of musicals, but first and foremost, the story must hook me and make me want to know more and be a part of the extravaganza. This movie is not a “magical moment” for me. What a waste of true talent and time. It is available to stream on DISNEY +.  

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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