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Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted, fwiw, is cliché, predictable... and a surprisingly large amount of fun to watch. Sure, you know what'll happen -- it's a fairy tale, which means you KNOW how it has to end, more or less -- and even a lot of the turns of the path along the way, but it's obvious the cast and crew and storytellers are having a lot of fun getting there, and being silly along the way, and it's rather infectious. Plus, it has the best line I've ever heard in a movie.

"Ladies, stop tonguing the foyer!"

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Yes, but Hiss-I-mean-Herbert was /quite/ amusing!
Hee. I liked the ogres. :)
*snickers and nods* Me and Arctures went to see it last weekend. Very amusing. Considering getting the soundtrack.
Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books and one of the few I'll chain-read -- i.e., finish the book and immediately flip back to page one. The people on my flist who have seen the movie have good things to say about it, but the World movie critic panned it, and the fact that it's set in the modern day rather than the 'fairy-tale' world of the original has me cringing. I rather can't decide whether to go see it or not.
It's not set in the 'modern day.' It's a fairy-tale world, but with anachronistic elements (like printed newspapers with 'Help Wanted' sections advertising positions like 'Abacus Programmer,' or elves spouting modern-sounding legal-speak).

I suspect it's one of those films which is good if you watch it without thinking about the book, but probably is bad if you go in expecting a faithful rendition of the novel. I mean, for all I know, the new 'Constantine' movie they're making will be great... I just don't think I can bring myself to see it, because they've turned John Constantine from a smartass alcoholic chain-smoking British asshole of a mage into a dark-haired Californian vigilante played by Keanu Reeves. Maybe if I didn't think of it as an adaptation of Hellblazer, I'd enjoy the film, but I dunno if I can get past it.

Ella Enchanted might be something similar for those who've read the book. But from the point of view of one who hadn't read the book, it was enjoyable to watch, even if it was cliche and predictable. Sometimes you want a little bit of cheerful, good-natured fluff. :)