• PG
  • Kevin Lima (2007)
  • US
  • 103 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

After a disappointing third instalment of the Shrek franchise (known for poking fun at Disney), it seems the studio may have had the last laugh with this romantic fantasy. Amy Adams (Julie & Julia) plays Giselle, who in the brief animated first segment is searching for her prince, and finds him in the form of Edward (James Marsden). But he has a wicked stepmother (Susan Sarandon) who has no intention of giving up her privileged place in the kingdom in favour of her future daughter-in-law, so (as animation gives way to live action) transports Giselle to a spot where there are no happy endings - New York, of course. So begins this sweet and funny tale of a fish out of water in the Big Apple. Complete with an eye-popping production number in Central Park, sly digs at every established fairy-tale cliché (from Little Red Riding Hood to Snow White) and a witty script, this certainly boasts a wide-ranging appeal. If anything, the crash-bang-wallop CGI ending is rather overblown, but thankfully it's the simple charm and humour of the tale that lingers in the memory.

Plot Summary

Part-animated romantic fantasy starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon. In the cartoon fairy-tale land of Andalasia, innocent maiden Giselle, a friend to all the animals, is about to marry the man of her dreams, Prince Edward. But Queen Narissa, Edward's evil stepmother, tricks Giselle in to visiting a wishing well where she's magically transported to present-day New York City. Can the now-real Giselle survive in a world where storybook happy endings rarely come true?

Cast and crew


Amy Adams
Robert Philip
Patrick Dempsey
Prince Edward
James Marsden
Timothy Spall
Nancy Tremaine
Idina Menzel
Morgan Philip
Rachel Covey
Queen Narissa
Susan Sarandon
Julie Andrews


Kevin Lima

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Dec 2007
Certificate PG
Buena Vista Home Entertainment