Monday, February 2, 2009

Movies that "Enchant" Me

I have a lot of favorite movies. Depending on the day, month...heck, sometimes the hour, I'm likely to give you a different answer. There are just so many, that narrowing it down to one for the purposes of this post seemed a little overwhelming. At least at first. But when I thought about my favorite "current" movie, meaning the most recent one I flat-out fell in love with, the answer was easy: Disney's Enchanted.

Have you seen it? If you haven't, here's a bit of the synopsis, as taken from the Disney's official website for the movie (you can also see the trailer there):

ENCHANTED is the ultimate fish-out-of-water adventure. For princess-to-be Giselle, life is a fairy tale - until she's banished from the animated land of Andalasia and thrust into the very unmagical, live-action world of modern-day Manhattan. When a cynical, no-nonsense divorce lawyer comes to her aid, little does he realize this joyful, wide-eyed innocent is about to enchant him.

The movie stars Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey as the leading couple, as well as James Marsden (as a not-too-intelligent, but very sweet prince) and Susan Sarandon (as the oh-so-evil meanie). Okay, first off...Patrick Dempsey is adorable in anything he's in, but in this role he is adorable, charming, and well, let's just say very (VERY) cute. :)

Amy Adams plays the innocent princess-to-be who believes in true love and fairy tale endings perfectly, and honestly, is a complete joy to watch. James Marsden is hilarious, and Susan Sarandon is sufficiently mean and evil.

So...what do we have the makings of here? The perfect fairy tale - at least in my opinion. It has all of my favorite elements: quirkiness, romance, humor, and singing. Yes, I love musicals. Always have and always will. Of course, some muscials are done way better than others, and Enchanted is one of them.

So, what are the reasons I love this movie so much? Oh, let me count the ways...
  1. Patrick Dempsey. I'd be banished happily if I knew he was going to rescue me. Enough said!
  2. The's funny, sweet, and romantic all at once. Well most of it.
  3. It reminds me of all the Disney movies I loved as a child (and still love, actually!)
  4. It's a fairy tale...come on, what could be better for a gal like me?
  5. Susan Sarandon is awesome in it (if a little scary).
  6. Patrick Dempsey. Oh wait, I said that already. Well, he counts as double the pleasure
  7. It makes me laugh and feel all gushy/happy inside.
  8. It has animals and they CLEAN!
  9. And...hmm...oh yeah, Patrick Dempsey. :)
As I said, I have way-too-many favorite movies to list, and they're not all comedies (or even romances), but the movies at the very top of my favorite-because-they-make-me-feel-good list all incorporate elements normally found in fairy, happiness, overcoming the big bad, and humor.

If you've seen Enchanted, I'd love to know your thoughts on it. In my house, all of us loved it--and we have every age from 6 on up!

In other news...please take a few minutes to visit my blog today at I'm celebrating my release month with guest bloggers (romance authors) and fantastic book giveaways all month. Today, author of the Final Prophecy series and many Harlequin Intrigue books Jessica Andersen is my guest. Come on over and celebrate the release of A Taste of Magic with me--all month long!

Have an "enchanted" Monday!


Jillian Cantor said...

I love this movie, too! And Patrick Dempsey tops my list of reasons, too. What's not to love?!

lisapatton said...

I've been meaning to rent this. Now you've talked me into it!

Maureen Lipinski said...

Must see it! And definitely watch Can't Buy Me Love if you want to see Patrick before he became, um, attractive.

Carolyn McTighe said...

I totally remember watching Can't Buy Me Love when I was a teen! That is so funny. I actually liked that movie quite a bit and he was such a dweeb in it too! Funny :)

Tracy Madison said...

Hey, Jillian! I know...come on, it's Patrick Dempsey. Yum. really should. I bet you'll love it!

Maureen! LOL! I've seen Can't Buy Me Love. He wasn't UNattractive then....just really young, and skinny.

Carolyn: It's a cute movie. :)

Heather Zundel said...

Fantastic movie. It is the epitome of what makes Disney timeless. It pokes fun at all the cliches, but at the same time, completely embraces it. This made my day.

Tracy Madison said...

Hey Heather! I agree with you, part of the charm with this movie is exactly that. I know it's one I'll be able to watch for years and years and still love just as much as I do today.