Disenchanted isn’t the sequel we wanted, but it’s there

Disney isn’t afraid to ask, “What happens after the happy ending?” The studio has been doing it for more than two decades with other fairy tales such as Cinderella, the little mermaidand Frozen, just to name a few. So when Disney announced it would be released Disenchanteda sequel to the 2007 film Enchanted, some fans wondered if that was necessary, given that the opener was released 15 years ago. But in the end it’s here, available to stream on Disney Plus.

Disenchanted is a Disney film about life happily ever after and how it isn’t what we expected it to be. It begins with Pip the Chipmunk giving a summary Enchanted to his two children. They asked for more, so he told them the story of Disenchanteda story about life after the events of the original.

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Giselle (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) had a child named Sofia. As time went by, life in New York became more complicated and her relationship with Morgan (now played by Gabriella Baldacchino) became more distant. The solution? Move to Monroeville, a suburb where they could start a new life. Unfortunately, moving to a new city didn’t go as smoothly as planned, leading to Giselle wishing for a fairytale life. The wish comes true, but at a price.

Disenchanted has some flaws. What did … do Enchanted Two things were attractive to watch – his character development and how he compared reality to fantasy. Disenchanted fails to capitalize on what made its predecessor great, which is why it flopped as a sequel.

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First, Disenchanted does a good job of combining every single known fairy tale, inclusive Frozenand turned it into a coherent story, taking every stereotype these stories were known for and using it to tell a great story about a wish gone awry. Disenchanted also follows the current Disney Princess trend of moving away from the “true love’s kiss” and focusing on the ties with our family.

It’s also worth noting that anyone who realized Giselle was a stepmom and put two and two together deserves a raise. We rarely see the main protagonist become the antagonist, but that means the film wasn’t about Giselle anymore. Instead, it’s about Morgan and how she holds the key to saving everyone.

However, Disenchanted fails to compare reality with fantasy. in the enchanted, We are taught that the real world is complicated and that life is not a fairy tale. It took the fish out of the water and made something worth watching and emotionally investing in. Disenchanted has the opportunity to share that the fantasy world is not as amazing as it seems. But since everyone is enchanted, none of them have “experienced” the complications of fairytale life because they just live through it as if it were nothing and end up forgetting it.

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The closest thing that came to us was Robert, although he hardly remembers anything. In the film, Robert tried to be a hero. His first try was a flop, but he managed to make up for it and use his new skills during the final climax. He then learns that being the town’s savior might not be for him and decides to hang up the sword. That’s the kind of story we should have gotten. It’s not easy being a fairy tale character. That there is work and effort and not everyone can make it compared to the books. This was a missed opportunity which makes the film feel boring.

In the original, almost all of them had some sort of narrative development, including the supporting characters. They learned about themselves and the people they know and care about. This was something that was missing from the sequel because nobody but Morgan learned anything.

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As for the songs, they’re okay. They were catchy, but it felt like all the effort went into Menzel’s performance of “Love Power” and everyone got the generic Disney performance treatment. “Love Power” was spectacular and the transition from animation to live action was amazing, but it’s sad to see that all the other songs don’t reach the same level. It’s like listening Frozen Soundtrack. There were good songs on there, but the one that people will talk about the most is “Let It Go”.

Disenchanted had potential but didn’t hit the points that made Enchanted Great. Instead of having a compelling story that teaches us how complicated fantasy is, we get a movie that’s at best entertaining and at the very least meaningful. There was no emotional heaviness, just a focus on action, comedy and construction. It wasn’t the sequel we wanted, but it’s there. It ends up being just one of those movies you could watch as a babysitter.

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Lindsay Lowe

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