Sat, 21 Jul 2012 11:57:25 GMT | By Sean Plummer
The Best of Anne Hathaway

'Ella Enchanted' (2004)

Ella Enchanted (2004) (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Anne Hathaway (© Jim Spellman, WireImage)
  • The Princess Diaries (2001) (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Ella Enchanted (2004) (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2006) (© c.20thC.Fox/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Becoming Jane (2007) (© c.Miramax/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Rachel Getting Married (2008) (© c.Sony Pics/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Get Smart (2008) (© c.Warner Br/Everett/Rex Features)
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Gail Carson Levine's fairytale book Ella Enchanted (1997) received a less-than-faithful adaptation with the 2004 movie version. Hathaway plays Ella, a young woman living in the kingdom of Frell who is given the 'gift' of obedience by her fairy godmother Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox). Ella's obligation to do whatever is asked of her results in all sorts of dubious hilarity in this obvious attempt to capitalize on Hathaway's Princess Diaries popularity. The film's tongue-in-cheek approach to fairytales allows its star to poke some gentle fun at her goodie-goodie image.