Beginning this evening, Disney’s newest (and highly anticipated) movie, Cinderella, hits theaters. I had the opportunity to see a screening a couple weeks ago and was very curious how the film would be. I’m a big fan of the traditional Cinderella story and haven’t been crazy about the newer “Cinderella 2.0,” where things just aren’t the same as the original cartoon version.
For me, the best part happened before the movie even officially began – with the Frozen Fever short. I, like the rest of the world, am WAY on the Frozen bandwagon, and am completely obsessed with Olaf. The short is pretty awesome (as expected) and I was a little disappointed that it was only a couple minutes and not a full length movie. I’m sure it’ll eventually be released online, but for now, the only way you can see the full short is by going to see Cinderella!
The film begins showing young Ella (played by Lily James)with her loving parents, living an extremely happy life. But tragedy strikes and her mother passes away, and some years down the line, her father as well. I’d say spoiler alert on the plot, but based on common Cinderella knowledge, her “family” becomes the stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters and her parents aren’t around. Although the details of Ella’s parents are left out in the original version, I really liked the details on more of the backstory. It was so heart-wrenching to watch though, so I’m glad I had some tissues handy.
In true stepmother/stepsister fashion, it didn’t take long for the awfulness to kick in. Ella’s kindness is quickly abused and skyrockets until she’s essentially a housemaid, because of her kind soul and her determination to follow her mother’s last words – “be kind and have courage.”
When the Royal Ball finally rolled around, I was a little bummed that we didn’t get the full “Bippity Boppity Boo” song, because I love it and all of its ridiculousness. And to be honest, I was feeling a little unsure about Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. I mean, she’s Bellatrix Lestrange after all!!! (Harry Potter reference for all my fellow fans) She was great as the FG though, her quirkiness really made it!
We see a little more to Prince “Kit” Charming (Richard Madden) in this version of Cinderella as well, when they meet pre-ball in the woods, and then again, in her fancy blue dress and glass slippers at the ball. It’s not just Ella and “Kit” that we see more to in this version, we learn more about a lot of the characters in this version – it goes much deeper than the original!
So does Cinderella end up with Prince Charming? Well, we all know the answer to that one. But Disney did this remake really well! As mentioned in the beginning of this post, I was unsure how I’d feel about the movie since I’m more of an original Cinderella fan, but they did this one so well, there wasn’t anything I disliked! The actors were all perfect for the roles – especially Cate Blanchett as the stepmother! It was really cool seeing Disney create a version of Cinderella with actual people vs cartoons (even though I still love the cartoon ones). I hope they do the same with all of the other princesses!