Cinderella Movie Review
Okay. So I have a confession. I am an unapologetic Disney fangirl. I always have been. I was 100% your typical Disney princess loving girl growing up…except I didn’t like Cinderella. I LOVED every other princess. Ariel has a tail and could sing her head off. I spent the entire summer in the swimming pool after seeing that movie. Belle loved to read and looked a lot like me, so naturally I gravitated toward her. Plus I thought the beast was kind of cute, and my dad liked to watch it with me and would sing along. Mulan kicked butt and made me join karate (I quit like three weeks in, but it’s the thought that counts…). Jasmine wore the coolest outfits and had a pet tiger, I mean COME ON. And Pocahontas ran around bare foot all the time (maybe that’s where I got the idea from).
But Cinderella, in the humble opinion of my 5-year-old self was just kind of, well, eh. Nothing special, a little boring, I always fell asleep half way through. I remember watching the straight to VHS sequel a few times, because I found that one way more exciting than the original. But nothing really ever swayed me, I wasn’t a fan. This movie changed my entire perspective on Cinderella, and I now appreciate and have come to love her in a whole new way.
“Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic”
That quote embodies the story behind this retelling of the classic. There is a real positive and uplifting message sewn into every crack and crevice of this story. From start to finish. Cinderella becomes so much more than a pretty girl in a sparkling dress, and her prince finally have some…brains to him. The characters in this adaption are SO much more filled out than ever before. I actually cried when Cinderella’s mom died, and then again when her father passes. I think this speaks to the nature of the way they were portrayed. More people, less placeholders so the story could move on without them. This is a movie lover’s movie, filled with dazzling costumes, sets, and actors to match. I can only imagine that Disney himself would have been exceedingly proud of this film.
Lets talk costumes quick, because I totally need to geek out about them. I want to marry whoever worked on the team for this movie, or at least have them around when I get married. Every-single-outfit was jaw dropping. Stepmother? Sinister and full of harsh edges, colors, designs. Stepsisters? Off the wall, just one step too far from cute to actually be cute, hurt your eyes a little bit bold. And our lovely Cinderella? Soft, elegant, and absolutely classic. I read that the ballgown used over 200 yards of fabric, and 10,000 Swarovski crystals. That’s insane, the dress did not disappoint. There was not a single button missing from these garments.
The story line stay pretty close to the original, like I mentioned though, with the added screen time the filmmakers were able to flesh out the bits that were usually left untouched. It gives you a chance to feel a real connection with her mother and father, and yes, even her ugly stepmother and sisters. It still keeps it light heartedness, while managing to feel more realistic than previous adaptions (Or as realistic as Disney Princess can be). Also this Prince is a million times better than the original. A MILLION TIMES. He’s handsome, he’s kind, and he has actual feelings and intentions rather than just acting on a weird impulse. I liked, no, I loved him. I love the whole cast to be honest, and I think you will too.
Like I mentioned before, this Cinderella has a real meaning to it than I felt the original animated feature greatly lacked. And the best part? It didn’t feel forced or fake at any point. Was this just killer screenplay writing? A great director? Actors and actress who really knew what they were doing? Honestly I have no idea. But all the elements really come together to create cohesive vision, and story, that young girls can really look up to. There’s something so simple and beautiful, that I can’t seem to put my finger on. Whatever it is, it really works. Take your kids, take your spouse, take your next-door neighbors nieces if you must. It’s worth it, I promise