This last weekend I convinced Sean to go see Cinderella with me at the local IMAX theater. He wasn’t as eager to see it as I was, but being the great husband that he is, he decided we could go. My little brother was staying the night, and since we were going to be going to the 1st showing at 10:30 on Saturday morning, we brought him along too. Here’s my Cinderella review.
We got the same seats that we had for the Game of Thrones showing, so I knew we would be super comfortable. This helped ease my mind as I’ve been having restless leg pretty badly throughout the day and I never know when it will strike. Laying down usually helps, and the seats we had were recliner style seats.
They started the pre trailers and I was really excited when they showed the new Tomorrowland trailer. If you look carefully, in some scenes you can see Space Mountain! I don’t know if that is an easter egg for fans, or if it will actually hold an important part in the film. I’m hoping for the latter! They also showed the Star Wars trailer, which we had seen before, but not on the huge IMAX screen. Sean cheered, which at first made me feel embarrassed, but the people around us laughed and some even joined in on his excitement!
They played a couple other trailers, but those were my favorites.
Before Cinderella started they played the new Disney short Frozen Fever. I had worked to keep myself spoiler free for it, so I wasn’t sure what to expect! I only knew that they were celebrating Anna’s birthday, the costumes are beautiful, and that there was a new song. Much to my surprise and delight(to where I was lightly hitting Sean’s leg in excitement), the song was very reminiscent of the outtake songs from the Frozen deluxe soundtrack.
Going back a bit, I bought the deluxe version of the soundtrack as I usually to see what could have been. I actually have grown to love the outtake songs from Frozen more than the actual songs that made it in the movie. I really wish that they had kept some of them in, or that they would at least use them for the broadway production. I wasn’t sure how they could do that though, as many of them seem like alternates to what made it into the film.
Now with Frozen Fever, the beginning of the song in the short was to the tune of “Life’s too short.” That was when I started getting excited! The rest of the song was really jazzy, light-hearted, and fun!
**If you don’t want to be spoiled for the short, skip this next part.
Because I didn’t look up anything major about the short, I didn’t know that the “fever” in Frozen Fever was literally sickness. I was thinking that maybe it had to do with the popularity of the movie? (I’m just kidding there). I actually thought it had to do with Spring Fever as everyone was in Spring time clothes. The short starts out with Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven setting up for Anna’s birthday party. Elsa goes to get Anna out of bed and puts Kristoff in charge of keeping the cake and all the decorations perfect. Of course things don’t go according to plan, as Elsa keeps sneezing and from her sneezes, she creates little snowmen that go down to the party area and try to eat the cake.
It’s a lot of fun watching as Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf work hard to keep everything safe for Anna, as Elsa takes Anna on a birthday adventure. She gives Anna a lot of presents and works to make things perfect, as she wasn’t really there for Anna for her previous birthdays. You can tell she is really making up for lost time!
Anna can tell that there is something wrong with Elsa, because as the day wears on, Elsa’s face becomes more flushed, and she isn’t thinking, walking straight. Anna goes to her sister’s rescue before she hurts herself and goes to take care of her, putting family love ahead of letting Elsa continue to pamper her for her birthday. Of course, she does end up seeing the beautiful party set up for her as she takes Elsa home. The sneeze snowmen have even joined in the festivities!
All in all it was a cute little short that made me laugh quite a bit. It was great to see that Anna and Elsa’s relationship is flourishing and that Elsa is wanting to make her sister happy. It was also great to see that Kristoff still speaks for Sven! Of course, Olaf steals the show with his witty comments. It made me excited for the sequel that was announced for 2017.
Finally, the movie started. (**There may be some spoilers)
The movie started out with the birth of Ella and her enchanting childhood. Her relationship with her mother and father is idyllic, especially with her mom. It’s apparent from the beginning that Ella has a special bond with animals and being kind to everyone.
Unfortunately, her mother gets sick and leaves Ella with some words of advice before she passes away. She tells Ella, “Have courage and be kind.” Those words will be Ella’s driving force throughout the show and shows why she endured so much in her life.
Her father, not wanting to live alone(yes he had Ella, but he needed that other form of companionship), married the Lady Tremaine, bringing two step sisters along with her to the marriage. It’s apparent that Lady Tremaine is jealous of the relationship that Ella has with her father and the memories he has of her mother. I found it interesting that she would hold that against Ella after her father passes away, as it was out of her control, and she couldn’t possibly expect him to forget about his first wife, right?
Moving on, after Ella’s father passes away, the story progresses as we know it. Ella ends up taking over for the staff that needed let go, and her family’s home gets taken over by the Tremaines. Whenever Ella seemed to be at her wits end, she reminds herself to “have courage and be kind.” But one day she just can’t take it anymore, and she runs away on her horse, where she saves a stag in the forest from Kit, whom unbeknownst to her is the Prince. After their meeting both Ella and Kit are smitten. Kit invites everyone to the ball in hopes to see her again, and Ella wants to go to the ball in hopes to see the “apprentice” that she met in the forest.
I love the fact that Ella and Kit met before the ball. One of the biggest gripes that people have about Cinderella is that they fell in love in one night and that the prince didn’t recognize her face(more on that later).
Ella works hard to get her step mother and step sisters ready for the ball, but also modifies one of her mother’s old dresses(as Lady Tremaine wouldn’t buy her a dress) for herself. As we know, Lady Tremaine ruins the dress when Cinderella comes down the stairs to come with her. In the Disney cartoon, we see that Lady Tremaine uses her girls and their accessories that were used on the dress as fuel to have them ruin the dress. In this version, she is blunt about her feelings and that she doesn’t want to be seen with Cinderella in public. If I remember correctly, this was the part where I whispered to Sean, in tears, about how mean they were to her.
After the Tremaines leave for the ball, Cinderella runs outside in tears, and we get to see the beautiful scene with her fairy godmother. I loved the portrayal that Helena Bonham-Carter brought to the screen. I admit I was a little hesitant as the characters she plays are usually more darker on the quirky side. She was absolutely radiant, and funny, as the fairy godmother! Ever transformation she did, the animals, the pumpkin, the dress, and the shoes were just beautiful. My mouth definitely dropped on more than one occasion during that scene. I will admit that when the dress was being transformed, it was a little silly the way that Cinderella was twisting around(even though it was beautiful to watch). I didn’t think it was very realistic(yes, I know, I shouldn’t critique that when just before mice were turned into horses). I think I prefer the dress transformation in the cartoon version more as it seemed more realistic to me that she would be looking down at the dress instead of turning around with her head kind of leaning back.
Now I do want to take a moment and talk about how beautiful the dress is. I love that it’s simple and not too overly complicated. The colors and shape are so beautiful! The dress(and the rest of her wardrobe) are a major contrast to how eccentric her step sisters dress. One of the details that made me the most excited about her ball gown was the butterflies on the top of the dress. Growing up I had a Cinderella storybook that wasn’t the Disney version. I loved her dress because it had butterflies all over it, so this made me very happy to see in the movie!
Once at the ball, Cinderella makes her entrance late, just as Kit is about to choose the lucky lady for the first dance. Of course he knows her right off, as he had been hoping to see her right away. Her “family” didn’t recognize her though, as her fairy godmother put a spell on her. Thankfully, Kit recognized her, or I don’t think he would have grabbed her right away.
The night is magical and Kit and Cinderella spend the whole time together. She refuses to tell him her name though, especially when she realizes that he’s the prince and not a random apprentice at the castle. I actually loved her reaction to him when she asked him about being the prince. She didn’t treat him any differently and kind of laughed a little.
Unfortunately, midnight comes and she has to go. Before leaving she sees the King and tells him how wonderful Kit is. She famously loses her slipper and then gets chased for some time before losing the guards and the enchanments wear off. The only things not to change back were the shoes of course.
My little brother asked a great question, which Sean had a good answer for. Why didn’t the shoes turn back but everything else did? Sean noticed that the fairy godmother made Cinderella take off her old shoes, but then she made the glass slippers from scratch on Cindy’s feet. Sean figures that because they weren’t transformed from anything, the shoes didn’t have to change back, which makes sense to me.
After getting home, she hides the one slipper that she has up in her attic room, but she can’t help but smile to herself as her step sisters talk about the mysterious princess. Her step mother saw the smile and dashed it real quick to say that she overheard that the prince was to be wed to another.
The King had been sick and on his deathbed, he tells Kit to find the mystery woman to marry her instead. After his coronation, he announces that he will search high and low for the owner of the glass slipper. He sends his guards out to have every woman in the land try it on. The slipper is magic though so it doesn’t fit anyone else.
Lady Tremain finds the other slipper though, confronts Cinderella about it, and breaks it. She then goes to the castle and talks to Kit’s advisor telling him about Cinderella finding the slipper on the road and keeping it for herself. The advisor, who is against Kit finding the mystery girl, makes a deal with Lady Tremaine making sure that Cinderella will never come in contact with Kit again.
But all that is in vain, as when the royal guards in charge of the intact slipper that the prince has makes it’s way to the Tremaines, it’s obvious that Cinderella needs to get her chance to try it on. All seems almost lost when they go to leave(after the step sisters failed attempts at trying it on), but Cinderella singing catches the attention of the guards. The captain of the guard retrieves Cinderella from the attic, and it is found that Kit was disguised as one of the guards. Kit takes the slipper inside and sees Cinderella. He knows he’s her, but he has her try the slipper on as a formality(which of course fits).
As the Kit and Cinderella go to leave, she turns to Lady Tremaine and tells her that she forgives her. Then Kit and Cinderella get married and live happily ever after(we assume, of course).
I loved that, at the end, Cinderella takes the high road and forgives her step mother, even though she was absolutely cruel to her, when Cinderella did everything she could to try to earn her love. You can learn a lot from this movie and how we should treat others. Having couraging and being kind is a motto that we could all take and apply to our lives. Also forgiving those who have wronged us(which definitely takes courage), will only help us have our happily ever after.
I loved everything about this movie. The casting was flawless, everyone did such a good job in their roles. The costuming was amazing(and I loved seeing all the details on the IMAX screen). Even the animals that Cinderella interacted with weren’t cheesy, but adorable and translated very well on screen. Gus Gus was especially cute!
I highly recommend that anyone looking to see this movie goes. I know this is now my favorite adaptation of the classic story and plan to buy it when it becomes available on Blu-ray.
Afterward, we had some fun and took some photos with the display.
My movie rating: A+++!