3/13/2015 Cinderella


First thoughts: I did not know people were dressing up to see this movie, multiple tiaras on little girls and some women as well. The best-dressed award goes to the king and queen. She was wearing a gown and he wore a king costume complete with crown.

Thoughts on trailers: Banana! Sandra Bullock is going to be in the Minion movie! I’m so excited.

Frozen Fever: was pretty great. Olaf steals the show, as per usual. Don’t believe me, ask the dishes.

Movie thoughts: What was with Helena Bonham Carter’s teeth? There was something about them, right? I’ve heard that Dan Stevens has been cast as the beast in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, but Richard Madden, the prince/Kit, has brown hair and blue eyes. And when beast is (spoiler alert for a different movie) transformed back into a man, he has the most amazing blue eyes ever drawn by man. (Ok, I can handle Dan Stevens in the role; I’ve thought it through.)

Movie review: I’ll admit that Cinderella isn’t my favorite of the classic Disney princess movies. I’ve maybe only seen it once or twice. I like the musical version of Cinderella by Rogers & Hammerstein a little better. Quite often I find myself singing, “In my own in little corner, in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be.” And the stepsisters’ song is hilarious. That one song “Do I Love you Because You’re Beautiful,” makes the whirlwind romance of two meetings and a handful of significant glances work a little better. Or maybe it just adds to the awkward. I can’t remember. This edition of Cinderella showed quite a bit more of the prince’s side of the story. It makes the story of a girl meeting a man and falling in love almost instantly a little more palatable when you see him telling his father all about this girl he met in the woods.

The cinematography was amazing. For a small kingdom, it is gorgeous. It’s very much a Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) directed movie. Think Asgard from Thor but add in more woods and you’ve got the look of the movie. The costumes were also amazing. I also really enjoyed knowing more of the backstory of Ella’s birth parents. Her mother was kind and loving. And in some versions of the story, I would be really angry with her dad for marrying the cruel lady but this version’s father was shown more honestly. He was a grieving man who wanted another chance at love. And even after he married Cate Blanchett he still talked with Ella about her mother, which Blanchett overhears. So the villainy of the stepmother is better explained as well.

FYI: No animals talked in the viewing of this movie.

I forget my rating system. I think I give movies a grade. I’ll go with B+. It probably could have had an A if either French or Saunders would have made an appearance. And then the age I would let a child watch: 6. The scariest thing is Cate Blanchett. In the place of a Dark Lord, YOU WOULD HAVE A QUEEN! But not that scary.

Bloopers I would like to see: “You … shall not … pass, er, go to the ball.” And a scene where Lady Rose puts Daisy in her place (Lily James and Sophie McShera, respectively.)


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