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Ella Enchanted [DVD]
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on 25 May 2016
This is one superbly spellbinding film! Anne Hathaway stars as the free spirited, spunky Ella, who is blessed with the virtue of obedience. Unfortunately though, this means that whenever she is called to obey, she must do it, making it so that it is also a very poorly constructed spell destined to get her into trouble (and this starts to take effect when her new stepmother Dame Olga and stepsisters Hattie and Olive start to dominate her a great deal). Finding that this is way too much, and that she would rather not have to be quite so obedient, Ella is determined to find her fairy godmother Lucinda who blessed her in the first place.
A great, contemporary twist on the classic "Cinderella" tale, this time with a young woman who, in spite of her unfortunate predicament is incredibly funny and is still able to learn to stand up for herself as the film goes on, "Ella Enchanted" shows that all things that can prove to be both good and bad can be overcome. Joanna Lumley makes a darkly glamorous and nasty stepmother, while Lucy Punch is wonderfully eccentric as Hattie who is both Ella's real bully and the self professed wife to be of Prince Charmont, played by Hugh Dancy, who is forever chased by her and other wildly screaming girls (talk about obsessed)! He is just gorgeous; hard not to love him, especially when he's not being followed by them. Jim Carter, who seems to pop up in almost everything (and not just "Downton Abbey") gets a cameo as a man eating ogre; I could just tell it was him by the voice. I seriously love Vivica A. Fox as Lucinda because she's just so hip, sexy and has a real attitude problem. Put that next to Minnie Driver who plays yet another fairy who has a serious spell casting issue and is joined with Jimi Mistry as the voice of her disembodied lover, Heidi Klum as a well stylish giantess with a grudge on the Grimms Brothers and Cary Elwes as the totally weird and wicked Prince Regent Edgar, and you've got yourself a right one way wicked ticket to a magically captivating film.
Also on the DVD is a whole set of Special Features, which are well cool, apart from perhaps the "Prince Charmont's Fan Club" game (in my opinion we see enough of his fans in the film altogether)! Aside from that though, there's a nice selection of extended and deleted scenes (check out the one where Hattie gets her comeuppance for having been so nasty to Ella)! The film featurette "Making The World Of Ella Enchanted" is terrific fun, as it covers all of the music that made its way into the film and some other information about it, and Kari Kimmel's music video "It's Not Just Make Believe" is well worth watching, and she's got an awesome voice too! I'm very happy with this film; it's full of non - stop action, magic and pure family entertainment, and I recommend it to anyone who loved Anne Hathaway in "The Princess Diaries"!
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on 18 October 2012
I should warn anyone who has read the book "Ella Enchanted" by Gail Carson Levine, that this movie is VERY different. You barely recognize the story you may have read. That's not to say it's not a great movie. You get the basics, but there are completely new characters- such as Prince Char's Uncle, and his pet snake (yes I said snake) Heston.
It's thrilling, there's action- even if it's a little sexist. I wouldn't recommend it for young children- there are some mushy moments- be warned. It's a funny movie too- there are some great moments. I would say it's a family movie, maybe 10 and up? Mostly because of the romance. It's not very scary at all- don't worry about that!
The actors and actresses are perfect though, and there are some classic songs in there, enjoy- be warned, I'm not sure if boys would want to watch this if they're at the "mushy = yuck" stage!
Hope this review helps!
Jessica
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on 24 May 2017
Had it earlier than expected fabulous :-) thank you
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on 5 February 2017
Saw the film on Sky so bought the DVD. Love the film!!
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on 13 October 2016
Funny and very entertaining, loved every minute of it.
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on 14 April 2017
Just as required
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on 18 April 2015
A brilliant Fairly Tale. Ella, played by Anne Hathaway, after being put under a spell, has to find the willpower not to kill the love of her life.
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Excellent, love this film and so do my girls. Have been looking for it for a while and was over the moon to get it for such a bargain.
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on 1 October 2017
Arrived quickly and well packaged it is a good family film really enjoyable.
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on 23 September 2014
"not as good as I remember" was the verdict from the daughter who bought it. Still thinks it's quite funny though - may have to do with the fact that she is now 20, and remembers it from when she was 10!
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