(out of 5)

 simply could not be more endearing in this umpteenth sassification of classic fairy tales, as a storybook heroine who meets her handsome prince () in the world of Disney animation and goes to marry him the following day. Just before her wedding, however, the prince’s evil stepmother (, having so much fun being the baddie) thwarts their love in order to maintain her rule over the kingdom, pushing the girl into the castle fountain where she falls down a Carroll-ous hole and comes out the other side in live-action Times Square. Adams’ chirpy personality and undying belief in True Love’s Kiss don’t quite mesh with New York cynicism, but thankfully a disillusioned divorce lawyer () takes her in (believing her to be a mental patient) and protects her until her knight can come and save her. While this sort of parody on archetypal love stories has been done to death (Shrek, etc.), this film can’t be written off as a mere exercise; sequences such as Manhattan’s vermin assisting Adams clean up an apartment or her leading all of Central Park in a musical number are inspired, and her skillfully charming performance is especially responsible for elevating the experience to the level of art. Features a tuneful score by Alan Menken that rides the line between kitsch and cute perfectly, some very impressive effects and an overall good feeling that isn’t ruined in the last third when the film holds on to its charm but loses some of its wiseass punch.

Walt Disney Pictures, Josephson Entertainment, Andalasia Productions, Right Coast Productions

USA, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 2007

Golden Globe Awards 2007

Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2007.  

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