Ella Enchanted [DVD]
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This modern-day Cinderella fantasy stars Anne Hathaway as Ella, who lives in a magical world where every child is given a gift by a fairy godmother after they are born. Ella is given the 'gift' of obedience - which soon turns out to be more of a curse, as her thoughtless and selfish father gets re-married after the death of Ella's mother's to a vain and cruel woman with two equally unpleasant daughters - and Ella is spellbound to do everything they tell her to. Determined to track down the godmother who burdened her with this terrible millstone, Ella embarks on a journey that takes in all kinds of magical adventures and fantastical creatures including fairies, elves and ogres, and even a fairy-tale prince (Hugh Dancy).
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Anne Hathaway stars as Ella of Frell, a spunky young woman who was given the gift of obedience at birth. Anything she is told to do she must do, regardless of what it is. When her mother dies, her father remarries the typical "evil stepmother" (wonderfully portrayed by Joanna Lumley), giving Ella two new stepsisters. Unfortunately for Ella, they soon realise she must obey and make her do a variety of things!
Ella realises she must get rid of the "curse" and sets out to find the fairy who cast it to ask her to remove it. The journey is long and hazardous and in the end, Ella learns that what's inside her is stronger than any spell.
A typical fairytale story brought up to date. Younger girls will love it and the introductions of two songs throughout the movie (Somebody to Love and Don't Go Breaking my Heart) also helps keep it fresh and new for older audiences.
Ella sets out on her long journey in the days preceding the coronation of Prince Char (Hugh Dancy). Char is pretty much the Elvis of the realm, with young ladies in waiting breaking out into hysterics whenever he appears and, more often than not, chasing him down like hounds after a fox.Read more ›
Second, this really is a movie aimed at kids. I say this because the key twist in this story is that when Ella is born a rather second rate fairy named Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox) gives her the gift of obedience. This means that every time somebody tells Ella to do something, she has to do it. Now, for kids, younger kids, this is a truly nightmare scenario. Parents and other adults are always telling you to do something: what if they could MAKE you do whatever they wanted? Endless chores, homework, and probably music lessons would be your fate, which is essentially what happens to Ella when she grows up to be Anne Hathaway.
Hathaway is the star of this film and what promise she showed in "The Princess Dairies" is fulfilled her as she plays Ella as more of a civil rights advocate than a would be fairy princess. This is because in the other fun twist the regent, Prince Edgar (Carl Elwes, playing for the other side this time having done the hero bit in "The Princess Bride"), has ordered all the elves, ogres, giants and other non-humans to live in the forest, at least when they are not serving as slave labor in behalf of the kingdom.Read more ›
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Loosely based on the story of Cinderella, with the added twist, Snow White style, of a gift bestowed at birth by a fairy on baby Ella. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sue