I’m a fan of this new trajectory Disney films is on – reinterpreting the classic animated films into live-action. I’m pretty stoked for Emma Watson to play Belle in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, and was equally delighted that “Rose” from Downton Abbey is playing Cinderella! OHMYGODILOVEDOWNTONABBEY. Icing on the cake? Daisy is one of the evil stepsisters!
This movie was really well done. The losing of parents, ubiquitous in Disney movies, was sad and poignant, but not too sad. I expected Eric to cry, but he didn’t this time. There was nothing scary about the movie, so it would be good even for sensitive littles.
My kids repeated, “I can’t drive. I’m a goose.” at least 20 times on the way home from the movie.
Cate Blanchette was WONDERFUL as the Stepmother. I died over her hats, to be honest. Here she is talking about playing the role:
At the beginning of the movie, Cinderella’s (or rather, Ella at that point) mother tells her, “Have courage and be kind.” Cinderella repeats this throughout the movie, but while she shows kindness and deference, it takes her a while to find her courage. Brian asked the kids what they learned from the movie, and they said, “Have courage and be kind.” We had a great discussion about how Cinderella had to figure out that being kind doesn’t mean you let people walk all over you, and that you can be courageous and kind at the same time. I appreciate that message, and I’m glad that is the takeaway for my own little prince and princess.
Cinderella opens in theaters March 13. Get tickets here.
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Disclosure: My family and I were given free tickets to see this movie. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.