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Screener Squad: Disenchanted

Disenchanted Movie Review


And they all lived happily ever after. Cue the music and roll the credits right? Oh ho ho I don’t think so!  What happens after your true love’s kiss and the wedding cake is cut? For Giselle and Robert it’s a big move to a luxurious private estate, an addition to their family in the form of a bouncing baby girl, and navigating the magic moody swinging teenagers going through a phase. 2007’s Enchanted long awaited sequel Disenchanted is finally here, directed by Adam Shankman and streaming on Disney Plus. It continues the fish out of water love story of a New Yorker named Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and a once upon a time royal princess named Giselle (Amy Adams). Only now, they’re dealing with obstacles more akin to the real world than from a land of make believe, such as morning train commutes and impressing the private school PTA. Where’s a rampaging dragon when you need one? Giselle and step daughter Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) have a brief confrontation about family by blood as opposed to step kids. Giselle in her heart feels she can never be anything more then Morgan’s step mother so decides to make a wish on a magic wishing wand that results in enchanted hijinks. Only the power of love before the clock strikes midnight can return the magic to where it belongs and restore the bonds of love we call family. This is a Disney sequel so it also features a cast of returning and brand new characters. Maya Rudolph is an evil boss mom with a latte. Alan Tudyk is a magical anthropomorphized singing scroll. The returning James Marsden is the new King of Andalasia with Idina Menzel as the Queen who has a show-stopping vocal performance. Bradly, Frank, Harmoni, and Ben use the power of memory to discuss their relationship with the first movie and take up arms against the beast of sequelitus that haunts the lowly hills of every Disney sequel. Can the power of critique bring praise to tasteful art or will this film bring about a dark curse upon this franchise?


DIRECTED BY: Adam Shankman

STARRING: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Gabriella Baldacchino, Rachel Covey, Oscar Nunez, Kolton Stewart, Griffin Newman, Alan Tudyk, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael McCorry Rose, Ann Harada




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)

Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!



Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor)

Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.



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