When I saw the very first teaser video of only the glass slipper from Cinderella, I was in. I knew I had to see the movie. So, I was very excited to get a sneak peak of the movie this week!
Cinderella was so very true to the story we know from Disney so long ago, but with a couple twists that kept it new and the audience engaged. Of course there were lines from the cartoon, but there was also a lot more. The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James), her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) as they are welcomed into the family home.
I loved the goofy and witty banter and dialog between the two wicked stepsisters and the evil that was the step-mother was spot on. Man, she was evil!
There were animals and mice that Cinderella talked to and took care of, but they didn’t have dialogue with each other and merely muttered little squeaks. Yes, there was still a Gus-Gus and the cat Lucifer to keep things light.
There were three parent deaths in the movie. I don’t recall them saying the words “dead” or “death”…they just refer to them as “leaving” but the mom, then the dad and then the king all leave and it’s pretty sad.
To a fault, Cinderella honors her mother’s dying words to “have courage and be kind” taking on all of the work of the household and her new family.
She doesn’t realize it when she meets Prince that he is a Prince and instead thinks he is Kit, an apprentice at the castle.
Again, most of the story is what you know of it from watching the cartoon; she transforms her dress and her step-mother and step-sisters destroy it and her Fairy Godmother comes to her rescue.
After her transformation back to her real clothes, she is left with her one lone slipper and the Prince has the other. There is scheming (did I mention that the step-mother is evil), but of course, Cinderella’s courage and kindness win out and she and the Prince find each other!
And the rest, as they say, is history.
What about the young kids?
I decided not to bring my daughters to the screening. I wanted to watch it first to make sure it would be okay for them. My oldest (8) is very sensitive. However, there were many little kids in the audience that seemed to enjoy it just fine.
The only concern I have after watching it is the deaths of the parents. I know that it could be hard for some children, but others would be just fine!
So, I think you have to consider you own kids and how they will handle that. Otherwise, there isn’t anything dark or scary for little kids.
I really enjoyed Cinderella and that they kept it so close to the story that my family and I love.
Also, don’t forget that FROZEN FEVER is right before the movie which left us all laughing and smiling! I will definitely be buying this movie when it comes out!
Will you be seeing Cinderella soon?