Disney’s “Disenchanted” is a magical sequel


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“I’ve been dreaming” of a sequel to Disney’s “Enchanted,” and luckily, it lived up to my expectations. Released Nov. 18 on Disney+, “Disenchanted” is a clever look into reality with the perfect amount of enchantment.

The movie features the original cast and characters of Enchanted, including Giselle (Amy Adams), Prince Edward (James Mardsen), Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey), Nancy (Idina Menzel) and the animated version of Morgan (Rachel Covey). Notable additions to the cast include Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), the owner of the town that Giselle and her family move to, and a different live-action Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino).

Set mainly in Monroeville, a suburban town the Philip family moves to in search of a new scene, the movie focuses on Giselle as she searches for a fairytale life, but she, along with Robert and Morgan, find it difficult to adjust to the new environment. After Giselle casts a faulty spell, Morgan is left to save both Monroeville and Andalasia.

Although the movie is set 15 years after Giselle’s “happily ever after” in the first movie, it seamlessly jumped into Morgan’s teen years by giving a short recap of “Enchanted” and a brief glimpse at the time that elapsed since.

The movie is roughly two hours long, but it feels easy to sit through and is well-developed. The plot is easy to follow and flows well. I appreciated the use of orchestral music throughout the movie, as it gives a classic feel to the modern movie and makes it that much more engaging. The animation was phenomenal in both Monroeville and the storybook land of Andalasia, and the introduction being a bedtime story creates a fascinating connection that hooks the audience.

I was surprised by how detailed and well-directed this movie was. I’d expected it to be cheesy and, based on the trailer and advertisements for the movie that portrayed Giselle as primarily evil for the majority of the film, I thought it would feel unnecessary given how successful “Enchanted” was. However, “Disenchanted” is a beautiful continuation of its predecessor and is definitely worth your time.