Ella Enchanted (2004)
One of my childhood favorites... destroyed
If you are seeing this movie because of the book with which it shares
its title (and not much else), spare yourself.
Had this been an original film, not based on anything, I might have
enjoyed it somewhat as a bit of silly fun. But it continually
advertised its self as a film translation of a book that is near and
dear to my heart, a book which I had been longing to see made into a
Unfortunately, when it comes to being a translation of the book, the
movie is pure garbage. They've taken the most basic premise of the
plot, the names of the characters (in most cases, ONLY the names), and
discarded just about everything else. The characters are, for the most
part, shallow reflections of themselves (if they're even recognizable
at all), and the plot has become silly, cheesy, and full of pointless
and totally unnecessary pop-culture references. Gone are the
interesting and well developed character interactions, and Ella's
curse, which in the book was a constant source of true emotional and
physical discomfort, is, with the exception of its use as a catalyst in
the end of the film, mainly exploited as comic relief. This was a story
that would have made a wonderful movie on it's own merits. It didn't
need to be put through the MTV Hollywood wringer.
And no matter what anyone says... you can't call something "Ella
Enchanted" if it has no stair rail.
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