Angela Dec 8, 2007 (edited Dec 14, 2007)
By "Enchanted," natch. Pretty great movie. The hand-drawn animated parts are beautiful, as brief as they are, and the live performances are strong and extremely well-acted. Amy Adams plays Giselle so sweetly, and it's enjoyable seeing James "Cyclops" Marsden in such an over-the-top hammy role. Most importantly, I think I've become a heartthrob fan of Dempsey's as of today. :D The film weaves a whole boatload of Disney homages and slight parodies, yet does so deftly enough as to never intrude on the overarching story. The story itself is predictably linear, but its telling and presentation is so good that it leaves you feeling emotionally satisfied by the end; it ain't easy to get me to cry in a film, but more than once had the waterworks turned on for a few genuine leaks.
And the music score? Catchy, fun stuff. With highly influential orchestral overtones, combined with a few light sprinklings of modern pop elements here and there, Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz have drummed up some pretty excellent thematic material. The "True Love's Kiss" main theme is awfully infectious, but it's the big musical number "That's How You Know" that's convinced me to go buy the soundtrack. I also wouldn't say no to what I'm hoping is that deliciously dark, choir-filled piece in "Narissa Arrives." :)