Living RomCom is technically on holiday hiatus -- Tater and I are in NYC after a turkey stint in Baltimore at my brother's -- but I can't resist spreading the holiday cheer with a quick movie tip for rom-com lovers. Call me kinky, call me crazy, call me a sentimental tool of corporate capitalism, but to me, a Disney movie that's primarily for kids is one of the best romantic comedies of 2007.
I'd like to say that going to Enchanted the day after Thanksgiving was the idea of my10 year-old niece Lucy, but if truth be told, it was none other than our friend Manohla Dargis who, sort of giggling with guilty pleasure glee, insisted that we see the movie ASAP (you can read her NY Times review here). And I'm glad we did, because:
Amy Adams, as an animated Snow White-like fairyland princess who ends up in live-action New York City, is amazing; the musical numbers by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz (including a deliciously straight-faced send-up of all such Disney musical numbers that features, and makes rhymes with, dancing vermin) are fabulous; the lack of nudge-wink overkill in Bill Kelly's witty script is admirable; and the incidental perks -- including a nice wicked witch turn by Susan Sarandon and a sly homage to The Sound of Music plus narration by Julie Andrews herself -- make this the only Disney-for-kids movie I've seen in a decade or two that I just may have to see again.
Should you be embarrassed to pay money for such seeming froth, then as Manohla points out, you can consider yourself politically correct in going, due to the movie's surprisingly overt feminist subtext. So find a kid to see this movie with if you need an excuse (Lucy did like it as much as we did), or failing that, buy some popcorn for your inner child. We're not talking Oscars or seriosity for the ages here, gang, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.