Disclosure: I received tickets to a screening of Cinderella for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.
Since seeing the Cinderella trailer last year I had been eagerly anticipating the movie. I’m a sucker for a good love story. And hello! “Rob Stark” as the handsome prince. Yes! (All you Game of Thrones fans know what I mean.) I was thrilled to be invited to a screening to review the film, and while Ellie (age 5) was definitely interested in going, I decided to make the screening a ladies night out.
But now that it’s in theaters, I’m taking Ellie to see it this weekend. I created this cute little movie ticket for her and wanted to share. (To print your own, click here: Cinderella and FROZEN Fever Printable Movie Tickets.)
My princess is very excited to see Cinderella.
The story of Ella (A.K.A. Cinderella) runs pretty true to the original 1950’s animated film. So if you’ve seen that, I certainly won’t spoil the ending for you with this review.
However, there is one addition to the plot, which I think was a good one. Cinderella meets the prince (who she thinks is an apprentice) in the forest prior to the ball. This meeting, though short, gives the prince a reason to fall for Cinderella beyond her beauty. He sees a taste of her character, which can be heard in her mantra throughout the film: “Have Courage and Be Kind.”
She absolutely needs that courage and kindness. After the death of her parents, Cinderella is faced with uncertainty and her motto is put to the test by her Wicked Stepmother–played by Cate Blanchett–and her step sisters, who are more “ugly” on the inside than out. Blanchett absolutely brings this character to life, along with her amazing and colorful wardrobe. She is fantastic.
The entire film is a visual beauty of color and magic. True to story, when the ladies of the land are invited to the ball, Cinderella is not allowed to attend. She meets her Fairy Godmother played by the striking Helena Bonam Carter. She’s only in the film a short time but she’s another character that just steals the show. Little girls everywhere will be so enamored by the magical transformation of Ella, carriage, footman and driver.
Of course our two love birds meet at the ball, Cinderella in a very princess-worthy gown that is ridiculously wide. I mean seriously, the couple can’t even stand next to each other it’s so big. But it definitely makes a statement.
Ella and her Prince (who she now knows is actually the Prince) have their dance in front of a very colorful and envious crowd, and then a walk in the garden. I have to admit that I didn’t feel as strong of a connection between the couple as I would have liked. It’s a very 1950s love story, which of course makes it appropriate for young audiences. But I would have liked to have seen a bit more passion myself.
The magic, of course, can only last so long. At the strike of midnight Cinderella is forced to flee, leaving her glass slipper behind. The prince endeavors to find his true love and has every single woman in the land try on the remarkable shoe, which the Fairy Godmother ridiculously promises “are quite comfortable.” I had to laugh.
In the end, of course, she gets her man and all is well for Cinderella. I give this one a thumbs up, especially for young audiences. It’s not my favorite Cinderella adaptation of all time–that award goes to Ever After–but it is quite magical.
Even more magical, is the exclusive FROZEN Fever short film preceding Cinderella. This was absolutely fantastic and quite funny. Kid and adult FROZEN fans are sure to enjoy it. It’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa, Cristoff, Olaf and Sven are throwing her a party. Poor Elsa is coming down with a cold and it’s pretty funny what happens when she sneezes. You’ll have to see it for yourself, but I really loved it. I’m also so excited for FROZEN 2, which I just heard is officially in development!
“We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters,” said John Lasseter. “Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we’re taking you back to Arendelle. We are so excited about that.” A release date and production details for FROZEN 2 are yet to be announced.
Cinderella Activity Sheets for Kids
Also, check out my Cinderella-Inspired Easter Basket creations, including a DIY no sew ball gown basket!