I watched Cinderella last Friday. I was initially hesitant to see it because it’s a Disney movie, it always have the same plot, happy family, parents died, evil stepmother and stepsisters were mean, Cinderella met the Prince Charming and they’ve lived happily ever after, of course with climax of the famous royal ball. The truth is there wasn’t a good seat for Furious 7 so I finally give in to Cinderella because deep within me, the child and the romantic in me, was still curious to see the 2015 version.
The movie house was packed, with kids and adults. It kept me wondering why would adult men, no sister or little girls with them, go see the movie? These are my crazy questionable hunch: Was it because of Cinderella’s cleavage or simply the beauty of Lily James (probably a fan of Downton Abbey)? Were they gay or just in touch with their feminine side? Were they like me who couldn’t get a better seat for Furious 7? Were they part of the open minded men who were there to watch a fairytale taking it for its artistry or cinematic soul and let’s face it, the visual effects were amazing?! Or were they simply curious of who this Cinderella is or it wouldn’t hurt to find out how a Charming Prince acts?
The movie was amazing and it was fun hearing the children gasp and clap for the magical parts. I love the acting and it may be a short scene for Helena Bonham Carter a.k.a. The Fairy Godmother but she made it worked with her charm and humour! Cate Blanchett nailed the bad stepmother, a fashionable bitch with red lipstick. I am not sure if the kids grasp it but the story actually dealt with real human emotions and pains, the lines delivered in the scenes: father & daughter, stepdaughter & stepmother, and most especially the close to truth sentiments of Ella when her father passed away and her new family abused her by treating her as maid when in fact she has better claim of that house.
I love the 2 important life lessons in the movie, if you’ve seen the movie, it may be a little annoying that they have repeated it excessively, (1) have courage, and (2) be kind. Was it the movie’s aim to brainwash kids to remember those nice life lessons as soon as they leave the cinema? It is indeed a great reminder and a beautiful lessons to live by.
For cutesy sake, go watch it! The Ever After (1998) by Drew Barrymore was much more fierce and funny but the magic of true love (chemistry is believable between Ella and The Prince), their full-lenght dance at the ball, and the magical transformation of the pumpkin, her dress, and the sparkling glass slipper, were worth seeing and supported!