I love the original Disney Cinderella so when I heard that they were coming out with a live action version I was nervous. I wasn’t sure they could do justice to the original so when I attended an early screening this week, I’ll admit I wasn’t optimistic. The images I had seen of the film seemed very . . . poofy. I mean every poster was filled with the dress, and yes. . . the dress is a big part of the story but there’s a very complex story that goes along with the dress and I was hoping that didn’t get lost in all the fluff and glitter.
Cinderella did not disappoint though and it perfectly complemented the original. This film was darling. It was probably my favorite movie so far this year and one that we will definitely be adding to our home collection when it is released.
I loved the depth they added to the story by focusing on the happiness of Ella’s early years which really laid the foundation for the rest of the story. The styling of the film was gorgeous and the mantra of the film, “have courage and be kind”, added an additional layer of depth to the story that I loved.
I loved that even though it was a live action film, there were some stylistic choices that gave a nod to the animated format. Cinderella’s shoes (complete with glass butterflies) looked like they would fit perfectly in an animated film and the dress (that seemed so over the top to me in the previews) was actually perfectly suited to the movie. I loved that they including the house mice like my family’s personal favorite Gus Gus.
I took my 2 year old to this movie because I’m new to the whole daughter thing and going to a princess movie seemed to be the thing to do. This movie is slower paced and more subtle than the original so many of the kids in the theatre with us lost interest partway through the film. Definitely consider that before taking kids. My daughter loved it though even if she was completely distraught when Cinderella lost her shoe. The film is completely kid-friendly (which is a refreshing change) it just may not completely hold the attention of younger or more active kids.
Cinderella Printable Activities
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