Director: Adam Shankman
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. - Orson Welles
There's a lot of good in Disenchanted (2022), but it's a weird film. Perhaps it's an unnecessary film?
As much as I, too, wondered how Giselle - she of the cartoon kingdom - was going to adjust as a fish-out-of-water in New York, a fairy tale princess who now has to live in the Big Apple in a place with varying races, religions, opinions, illness, war, injustice... I'm kind of wondering now - Maybe we didn't need to check in? Maybe "happily ever after" is the ending this story needed. After all, this movie starts to push on the edges of what it means to live happily ever after as it continues the tale of Giselle and Robert as it asks "what next? What about ennui? What about missing one's homeland and the way in which they were raised? Isn't life deeply imperfect?"
I don't think it's wrong to limit the challenges of the movie to teen-angst, mean moms, commutes sucking and other suburban and relatable concerns within the control and world of your average schmo. We have enough to deal with when it comes to the magical challenges of the film that will fill the runtime and primary concerns of the movie's A-plot.