Fresh. And just really funny. So many references to other stories – I like that. It takes the stereotypical Disney fantasy, admits and jabs at all the outrageous unreality of it, and then ends in an outrageously unrealistic fashion anyways. Meanwhile empowering the female character at last. (and stooge characters too)
What does it try to argue? Fantasy? Reality? A synthesis? Stop arguing about which one is better as long as you do a good job of it? Stop accusing Disney of fantasy because nearly every other movie out there is ‘fantastic’? We are ‘fantastic’ and proud of it?
Well one point is certain: we all need some feel-good fantasy in our lives – just a little. (But we also need a healthy serving of reality – and like Samuel Johnson and many others have pointed out: the audience knows the difference between the stage and reality.) (Or do they? And can they separate it in their own lives?)
I am of the opinion that the film is rather sophisticated in its treatment.