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Too much like candyfloss for comfort,
This review is from: Ella Enchanted [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This gentle, if only half-baked comedy is a sort of spoofy Cinderlla meets Lord of the Rings meets Wizard of Oz meets the Muppets meets the Brothers Grimm.
It is about Ella of Frell, blessed at birth by a wicked fairy to always do exactly what people tell her to, and as she gets older she is constantly being told to do things that are against her own interest and those of people she loves. She sets out amongst elves, giants and ogres to find the fairy and have her revoke the blessing turned curse. And along the way she falls in love with the hunky king to be, Prince Char.
The script has a lot of workable and quite cute ideas and somewhat witty anachronisms, and it even attempts to be a political allegory for our time, and the aim is discrimination and apartheid. So, it is nothing if not well-intentioned, and by far the best thing that can be said about it is that Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy have a sweet, dewy-eyed rapport as the star-struck young lovers, and fine actors abound in supporting roles, notably by Lucy Punch as Ella's deliciously evil older stepsister, and Cary Elwes cast refreshingly against type as the Prince's evil, murderous uncle.
Having said that 'Ella Enchanted' looks, and tastes, too much like candyfloss for comfort, but what is worse, the computer animation used to show giants, humans and elves in interaction is excruciatingly artificial to look at, it actually looks a lot less real than papier mache used to.
The film was obviously intended for children and teenage girls, but is simply not well enough made to deserve a big following.