Movie Review – Cinderella
This weekend, I went to the new Disney movie, Cinderella. In looking up show times, I stumbled on some news captions that feminist are bashing the movie. I wondered why.
The movie was sweet and Lily James and Cate Blanchett had amazing performances. However, by the end of the movie, I realized why so many were upset.
Cinderella never tried to help herself and even engaged in passive-aggressive behavior.
Small things could have been tweaked to make her a stronger character, instead of tossed about by her circumstances. For one, she could have saved the prince when they first met. After all, her mother did make her promise to have courage and be kind. Since she had this affinity for animals, she could have kept the stag the prince was hunting from attacking him or something.
So far, my favorite Cinderella movie is Drew Berrymore’s adaption in Ever After.
I think if this new movie had incorporated some of Cinderella’s spirit and spunk from Ever After, it would have been better received – at least to individuals who want to see their daughters have a role model who aren’t just looking for a man to rescue them from their situation. Did Disney learn nothing from Frozen?
Even the end, when Cinderella’s trapped in the attic, she does nothing but dance and sing. She doesn’t try to escape, call for help, or even open the darn window!
Special effects were magical though.
My rating 3.5/5 stars
I’d rate this lower, but the sweetness of the movie was refreshing even if the door-mat Cinderella wasn’t.
What are your thoughts?
Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.
Divorced and disillusioned of love and believing all the love songs and books exaggerated, she put aside her creativity for life. Many years past before characters, from the familiar to the freshly conceived, came to her again, but this time teasing at a new passion, the written word.
Gradually, her real life hero brought love and magic back into existence. During the time when her characters were getting reacquainted, the love of her life was showing her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times others attempt to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with three children.
Andrea believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination again.