|Why Giselle and Edward should have ended up together
||[Mar. 16th, 2008|11:23 am]
Edward and Giselle
This has been rattling around in my head for awhile so I thought I would put it out there and see if people agree with it. These are reasons why I think the Robert/Giselle pairing didn't work and why I think the Edward/Giselle pairing works better.|
1. The Robert/Giselle pairing is un-Disney. In Disney movies the pairings are presented very early on in the story. You know Simba and Nala will get together early on, you know Ariel and Eric will get together early on, Aladdin and Jasmine, etc. You don't have people switching who they are in love with in Disney movies. But that is what happened here.
2. The interaction between characters. They really show no reason why Giselle would want to be with Robert because he constantly puts her down and tries to make her be someone she isn't. He tells her not to sing, tries to get her to stop believing Edward is coming for her, He also refuses to believe anything she says for most of the story. That isn't a healthy relationship. Whereas Edward is willing to let her be whoever she wants to be. She wants to go on a date? Okay, he'll do that. She wants to go to the ball? Okay, he'll do that. He's the only one who noticed something was wrong at the ball and he was more concerned with saving Giselle than being her True Love.
3. It makes Giselle (and to a lesser extent Robert) look bad. Giselle spent time and energy trying to get Robert and Nancy together. She's the reason they were at the ball. And yet Giselle wants to go to the ball - and Robert is really the only reason she would want that. So now she is portrayed as being very cruel to push Robert towards Nancy but then go to the ball to pursue her feelings for Robert. And Giselle is using Edward's feelings to get there. Plus there is the fact that since Morgan is 6 and Robert and Nancy have been together for 5 years, Nancy would most likely be the closest thing to a mother Morgan has known. And it would be hard, in my opinion, to all of a sudden lose that presence.
4. The age difference. While Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey are not that far apart in age, Giselle and Robert appear to be very far apart. Giselle looks to be early 20s whereas Robert seems to be late 30s to early 40s. That is a significant age gap and puts Giselle more in line to be Robert's daughter than his wife. And that is in many ways how the relationship works out. Robert is the one who is admonishing Giselle about her behavior and treating her like she doesn't know anything. And Giselle acts more like a sister/babysitter with Morgan than that of a mother. I can't see Giselle disciplining Morgan and for better or for worse a parent needs to do that.
5. There is no clear 'message'. The movie seems to say both that you can't love someone at first sight and that you can. Edward and Giselle aren't meant for each other because they didn't really know each other and once they get to know each other the spark that led to their engagement apparently isn't there. Yet Edward and Nancy have almost the same situation that Edward and Giselle had and that apparently works out? Either it works or it doesn't but it should be consistent.
So those are my thoughts. I really loved this movie until it moved to Robert/Giselle. I'm not opposed to it, I just think that the way it was done didn't work. Which is too bad because the beginning of the film when it was true to everything a Disney movie should be was wonderful. Anyone else have any other reasons to add?