Disenchanted Movie Review and Movie Summary (2022)

Of course, suburbs are not immediately “happy ever after” in their dreams. Although they’ve moved into a beautiful, pink, two-story home complete with a castle-like spire that many would consider their dream home, the “fixer upper” is despised by almost everyone, from Morgan to the PTA queen of Monroeville, Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), and even the King and Queen of Andalasia (James Marsden and Idina Menzel, who reprise their roles). The script (which has four credited writers) doesn’t really explore their adjustment period, though it does give Giselle and Morgan plenty of time to bicker.

As a teenager, Morgan has no time for Giselle or the magical memories of her childhood. Giselle laments that she doesn’t “sing the right song anymore.” After a fight with Morgan ends with her angrily telling Giselle that she is only her “stepmother”, Giselle makes a desperate wish for a wand (a housewarming gift from Andalasia) that they will have a “fairytale life”. The song here is wonderfully bittersweet, with Adams bringing a tinge of sadness to her shimmering voice.

But stepmothers are always evil in fairy tales, and so naturally this wish becomes a curse that slowly turns the town into Monrolasia (clearly inspired by Belle’s village from “Beauty and the Beast”) and Giselle’s goodness into evil. When she becomes aware of the fairytale veneer, Morgan discovers that she has until the final stroke of midnight to undo everything.

While the script is heavy on action, it’s incredibly light on any kind of real characterization. Malvina is a suburban queen bee, to which Rudolph responds by playing her less as a fully realized character than as the evil Maya Rudolph. Adams pokes fun at Giselle’s descent, changing her sweet lilt into a deep venom tongue. The two get in a few showdowns and a lightning-quick duet titled “Badder,” but the tension isn’t nearly as delicious as what Adams did with Susan Sarandon‘s big bad in the first movie.

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