Events for January 5th, 2013
Directed by Tommy O'Haver. US. 2004. Ages 11+. 96 min. Miramax. 35mm.
- Sat, Jan 5, 2:00 pm
“Are kids today too knowing to accept their fantasies without a wink of self-consciousness, or are adults too jaded to supply them? Based on the popular youth novel by Gail Carson Levine, “Ella Enchanted” works in the same fractured-fairytale spirit as “The Princess Bride,” “A Knight’s Tale”, and “Shrek”, cluttering the feminine medieval world of unicorns, elves, and dashing royals with such modern embellishments as pop songs, mall openings, and teen magazine heartthrobs. The results are reasonably clever as far as they go, but the film succeeds most when it drops the hip veneer and plays things straight, mainly because star Anne Hathaway, a charming and luminous screen presence, takes so well to open-faced earnestness. More»