For some reason, the Cinderella story is the fairytale redone most often. It can be easily disguised in the time period of your choice, leaping over boundaries between realistic or fantasy. And it’s gripping every time.
Frankly, Cinderella’s never been my go-to fairytale. I’m more of a Beauty and the Beast girl. But I like the glass-slipper, handsome-prince, sneak-away-to-the-ball as much as the next girl. This last weekend I went and saw the new Cinderella movie. Conclusion?
It was fantastic.
Reasons Why I Loved the New Cinderella Movie
It wasn’t the typical Disney cliche.
The theme wasn’t “Follow Your Heart” or “Wed Only For Love” or “Rebel Against Your Parents/Step-Parents.” The theme actually came from Cinderella’s mother who said, “Have courage, and be kind,” which, when you break it down, can be quite biblical. How often are we instructed to take courage and wait on the Lord? Or take courage and have faith? (Psalm 31:24; 1 Cor. 16:13; Psalm 27:14) And kindness in itself is an attitude encouraged by Christ. Ella clung to these instructions with every fiber of her being, especially when the going got tough. While she may have seemed a little too strong to some (not to me!) I found her persistent kindness inspiring.
Cinderella’s relationship with her step-mother and step-sisters.
She took courage and stayed kind. Not perfect, but kind. She wasn’t afraid of them, nor was she rebellious or fiery against them. It was a perfect balance and fantastic example of being kind to our enemies.
The Prince’s normalness.
At last! A prince who comes off as…human! Now I know it’s a fairytale, so everything’s bound to be a little nearer the line of perfection than normal life and people, but this prince — in his limited amount of screen time — had personality, gumption, and was incredibly likeable. He was kind and not pompous, but realistically royal. A perfect match for Ella and a perfect fit for the story.
The prince’s relationship with his father.
In almost every Cinderella movie I’ve seen, the prince is hesitant to take his roll as king, he’s either missing parents (Ella Enchanted movie) or he’s rebelling against them (Ever After movie) or the prince is so bland we never even see much sign of a family at all (original Disney Cinderella animated movie.) However, in this film, the prince loved his father dearly and the father was worth loving. He made a good, wise, king, and you could see that reflected in his son.
True love’s kiss…no big deal.
True love’s kiss was never even mentioned. In fact, I had to rethink through the movie to see if there even was a kiss. It’s Disney, of course there was, but it didn’t even take place until after the prince and Ella were married. It wasn’t the focus of the movie. The focus was to have courage and be kind.
Cinderella’s forgiveness of her step-mother.
I won’t get into too much detail so that it will still be unique to when you see it, but Ella’s overall response to her step-mother, even after all she’d done, was forgiveness. The message is beautiful and powerful. My favorite aspect of this movie.
My favorite Cinderella re-tellings:
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
Cinderella (2015) … duh…
Ever After (1998)
My recommendation? Go see the new Cinderella movie. It’s clean, it’s wholesome, and despite the fact it’s an overdone fairytale, this one is a perfect endcap to the string of Cinderella remakes.
What are your favorite fairytale retellings?
Have you seen the new Cinderella movie? What did you think?
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