Much like Catherine Called Birdy relied very much on the charisma and comic timing of Bella Ramsey, Rosaline rides and dies on a hilarious Kaitlyn Dever performance. Her snarky line deliveries and facial expressions bring so much to the table here, even when the rest of the script doesn't necessarily feel like it's firing on all cylinders. For what it's worth, it's always fun to see a famous work reimagined from the perspective of a minor character, and the little contemporary touches made this all the more enjoyable.
Once again, Amy Adams is a delight, this time getting to show a different side when she's slowly transformed into the evil stepmother. Likewise, Patrick Dempsey looks like he's having fun as he pretty much steps into James Marsden's role from the first movie, allowing him to get in on the silliness a bit more. Unfortunately though, this is a major stepdown. There's way too many songs, it drags on much too long, and the plot feels a little too uninspired. Dial it back some and Disenchanted could have been a worthy sequel.
I'm not sure I would have had a good time in '70s nightclubs what with all the synchronised dance routines and the endless peacocking. From the poster and the soundtrack, I was kinda expecting Saturday Night Fever to be a lot tamer than it actually turned out to be. But no, there's sex, violence, rape, casual racism, c-bombs, and suicide, making for a pretty gritty portrayal of teenage disillusionment through the neon glare of the disco dancefloor. It's actually a lot better than I was expecting too, with Travolta showing his acting chops and that killer soundtrack.
Certain actors are fortunate to find the role they were born to play. Sir Anthony Hopkins has Hannibal Lecter. Harrison Ford found Han Solo AND Indiana Jones. And Millie Bobby Brown seems to have discovered her own in Enola Holmes. Just like in the first go around, this suits her comic sensibilities down to a T. She's funny and charming in equal measure, and the chemistry between Brown and Henry Cavill's Sherlock is excellent too. On top of that, the mystery at the heart of this tale kept me guessing throughout, while the big reveal genuinely caught me by surprise too.