We were recently invited to a screening of Disney’s Cinderella before the movie came out. I’m not sure who was more excited about it, me or the kiddo. I had been itching to go see the movie since I first heard whispers that Cinderella would be coming out. I have to say, we weren’t disappointed.
I had some concerns about the characters. Would I love them? Would the prince be charming? Would they I fall in love with this Cinderella story the way I fell in love with the original animated version when I was a child? I hadn’t heard of Lily James, who played Cinderella and I couldn’t imagine the lovely Cate Blanchett being wretched enough to be an evil stepmother. Would I like it? Would THE MICE, my favorite characters of the Cinderella animated movie have a spot in this one? Would there be a fairy Godmother?
Yes, I loved them. Yes, the prince was charming! Yes, I fell in love with this Cinderella story all over again! Cate Blanchett made a perfectly evil stepmother. Lily James was a wonderful Cinderella! There was a fairy Godmother! There was magic! My favorite Gus Gus mouse was in the movie. All was right with the world!
This Disney Cinderella provided a background story that made you fall in love with the Cinderella character. We learn more about Cinderella’s parents and how the stepmother and stepsisters come to have power over her. On Cinderella’s mother’s deathbed, she gives Cinderella her best advice:
Have courage and be kind.
It was a beautifully done movie and the message really resonated with me. Despite the cruelty of her jealous and greedy stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella treats them with kindness—even when kindness doesn’t seem like the appropriate or natural response. Cinderella remains kind and takes courage from her mother’s dying words. It is this courage and kindness that eventually wins over the prince. There’s always room for more kindness in the world.
I really am a sucker for a good fairy tale and as in the animated version, it is your traditional tale of good vs. evil. We were cheering for Cinderella, while hoping for justice against the nasty stepmother and stepsisters. Would Cinderella be recognized at the ball?Have courage, Cinderella!
While the fairy Godmother was a small part of the entire film, I love what Disney did to make the scenes with Cinderella’s quirky fairy Godmother magical! Of course, the coachmen, the horses, the coach, the dress, the GLASS SLIPPERS, all had a magical element that made it all fit with the traditional fairy tale, but with some very classic Disney twists.
We loved, loved the Cinderella movie. It had all the traditional Disney Cinderella elements we’ve come to love and a little bit more!
Opens in Theaters March 13, 2015
What was really super cute, was the Frozen Fever feature that played before the Disney Cinderella movie. If you love Olaf, Queen Elsa, and Princess Anna as much as we do, you’ll love Frozen Fever. We laughed and laughed. It was really cute. That Olaf!
Here’s the trailer for Frozen Fever:
Are you planning to see Cinderella? Who will you see it with?