Our Spoiler-Free Review of Disney’s ‘Disenchanted’ Now Streaming on Disney+
Disney fans have eagerly awaited the premiere of Disney’s ‘Disenchanted’ on Disney+ and many have been curious about exploring Giselle’s story after her “Happily Ever After”. Though we will not share spoilers for the film, we will touch on themes and topics featured in the film and the trailers, so if you wish to avoid any hint of a spoiler we recommend you stop reading beyond this point. Thank you!
Amy Adams (Giselle Philip), Patrick Dempsey (Robert Philip), Idina Menzel (Queen Nancy), and James Marsden (King Edward) have all returned in their respective roles for the sequel, with franchise newcomers Gabriella Baldacchino (Morgan Philip), Maya Rudolph (Malvina Monroe), Yvette Nicole Brown (Rosaleen), Jayma Mays (Ruby), Kolton Stewart (Tyson Monroe), Griffin Newman (vocal, Pip) and Alan Tudyk (vocal, Scroll).
A synopsis of the film reads, “Years after her happily ever after, Giselle, Robert and Morgan move to a new community and Andalasia and the real world are thrown off-balance.” For a little more insight, the film follows both Giselle and Morgan as they navigate the trials of life after moving to the suburbs from NYC, Giselle having a baby, and as a (Step) Mother and Daughter struggling through formative teenage years.
The score for the film was composed by Disney Legend Alan Menken, and though a handful of songs were fun and catchy such as Even More Enchanted, Badder, and Love Power, we couldn’t help but feel that a few pieces felt forced simply to establish character integrity instead or standing out on their own or progressing the story.
Amy Adams did a fantastic job returning as Giselle and immediately brought us back into the world of Enchanted. Once the wishing spell goes array, Amy’s acting shines through as Giselle struggles with her role, going from “protagonist princess” to “wicked step-mother”.
We also appreciated that Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) played a more authentic teenager than we standardly see in film and television. Though Morgan struggles with rebellion and change, she truly tries to be honest about her feelings and concerns. She wants to feel heard. Morgan’s story was compelling and watching her blossom throughout the movie was wonderful to see.
Dempsey had shared previously that this time we would get to see Robert “sing and dance” and we would be lying if we didn’t share that Patrick’s performance made us giggle a bit at the sudden change in character. Robert’s role in the sequel was not as prevalent as the original movie, but his story did remind us to remember what is important in life and to hold on tight to the love and support you have.
The easter eggs and references throughout the film were fun to spot and hear. We will be watching again to see if we can catch even more! The costuming was very well done, but there doesn’t seem to be reference to Giselle’s business she began at the end of the original film which would have been nice to see.
The new cast members played their parts well, but lacked depth that would make them more formidable or relatable depending on the role. Personally, we would love to have seen the trio of Maya, Yvette, and Jayma’s characters have a musical number of their own to add to their dynamic and backstory.
Overall, we enjoyed Disney’s ‘Disenchanted‘ but can’t help feel like there was more that the filmmakers wanted to be shared and likely ended up on the cutting room floor for brevity. Additionally, we would have loved to hear and see more synchronization from the soundtrack.
The perspective change from Robert and Giselle to Giselle and Morgan was handled well and the cast played off standard fairytale troupes and clichés to tell a compelling story about the importance for love, memories, trust, family, and support. If we had to put it on a 1-10 scale, ‘Disenchanted‘ would sit at a solid 6/10. The decision to release the movie exclusively on Disney+ instead of in theaters was definitely the best decision, but we were not disappointed on family movie night.
What did you think of Disney’s ‘Disenchanted‘? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. ‘Disenchanted‘ is now streaming exclusively on Disney+. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Disney!
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