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Ella Enchanted

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2004
  • Tommy O'Haver
  • 92 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fantasy comedy starring Anne Hathaway. Cursed at birth to obey every command, Ella of Frell manages to keep it a secret while she is growing up. However, when her mother dies and her widowed father sets up home with Dame Olga and her two wicked daughters, it becomes increasingly difficult for Ella to conceal her "gift" of obedience.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Fairy tales are engagingly deconstructed in this overly spiced-up adaptation of Gail Carson Levine's teen bestseller. Anne Hathaway plays Ella of Frell, who is cursed at birth to obey every command. She must navigate her way through a revisionist onslaught of villainous stepsisters, enslaved ogres and show-tune singing elves to conquer her fears and foil a plot to kill the handsome Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy). Blending contemporary morals, pop culture references, neat production design (a shopping mall with wooden escalators), exemplary fantasy vistas (the Manhattan-styled magic kingdom) and classic hit songs (the final cheeky bow has everyone singing Don't Go Breakin' My Heart), this is a camp mess but a hugely appealing one. There's vibrant support from Joanna Lumley as a wicked stepmother, Minnie Driver as a nanny and Cary Elwes as an evil regent, while Eric Idle provides the witty narration.

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Credits

Cast

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Ella of FrellAnne Hathaway
Prince CharmontHugh Dancy
Sir EdgarCary Elwes
Slannen of PimAidan McArdle
Dame OlgaJoanna Lumley
MandyMinnie Driver
BennyJimi Mistry
NarratorEric Idle
Lucinda PerriweatherVivica A Fox
Sir PeterPatrick Bergin
AreidaParminder Nagra
HattieLucy Punch
OliveJennifer Higham
HestonSteve Coogan
Nish the OgreJim Carter
BrumhildaHeidi Klum

Crew

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DirectorTommy O'Haver

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2004-12-17
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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