Anastasia, the 20th Century Fox movie loosely based on true story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, is about the evil Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd) who puts a curse on the royal Romanov family causing young Anastasia (Meg Ryan) is become lost when their palace is taken over. Years later, the Grand Duchess (Angela Lansbury) offers a reward for Anastasia's return. The scheming Dimitri and his friend Vladimir (John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer), planning to pawn off a fake, hold auditions for a girl with a remarkable resemblance to the missing princess. They end up with Anya, an orphaned girl looking for her own missing family and her missing memories. They bring her to Paris for the reward, without knowing she is the real Anastasia.
In real life, Anastasia was unfortunately found to be executed along with the rest of her family, but she did not go without her fair share of impostors, as she did in the movie. The impostors bring me to my first of many points.
1. The impostors deserve some credit
The impostors for Anastasia that Dimitri and Vlad encounter have definitely earned their spot in the list, because who can forget this little number.
2. Dimitri is the definition of a fictional character crush
Dimitri is, first of all, incredible. Mysterious, confident, scheming, and inexcusably handsome, he pretty much has it all. But lets go to the beginning.
He saved her life long before he could imagine a life with her, and he did it purely out of the good of his heart. Basically, he has been perfect since his early days. Then comes the melt-your-heart stuff, such as denying his feelings in the cutest way, and those entrances, because of course saving her once wasn't enough!
Speaking of denying things, he is completely unaware of his amazingness, often denying that he is good enough for Anastasia.
But enough about him. Anastasia is the woman of the hour here. I told you it would get better.
3. Anastasia is the best Princess there is!
And she was real. (Pocahontas was real, too, but this isn't Disney. This is a whole other league of princess.)
Because she lost all memory of being a princess, Anya is just your average, sassy, independent young woman looking for her place in the world. She leaves her orphanage to find those missing pieces in her mind, and along the way, finds a cute boy and an even cuter dog. I wouldn't complain.
Did I mention the sass?
And she definitely doesn't need a man. (Don't worry. She also completely denies her feelings for Dimitri!)
And Vlad knows they love each other.
4. Vladimir is the best wing man/teddy bear/mentor/best friend you could ever ask for...
He can see the instant love between Anastasia and Dimitri, and wholeheartedly believes in love, romance and fate. He is always there for everyone, being the huge teddy bear he is. Vladimir also has an wonderful lady by his side, Ms. Sophie.
So the movie has romance. The movie has sass. It has royalty. It has class. What more could you ask for? The ever-amazing turning point when Anastasia starts to remember her past is also incredibly well done, especially when Dimitri is remembering with her. There is no doubt that Anastasia is the greatest animated princess movie of all time!