Memorable, crazy movie
If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
The tone of this movie is interesting -- the stakes are both dramatic and high, but it's balanced with a lot of fun, tongue and cheek dialogue.
It has been a decade since the last time I watched a Disney movie. Of course, the last time I watched one, I was young and naive, and not very perceptive. I loved all Disney movies for no particular reason, just because they were well drawn and colourful and had nice songs.
Now, I decided to rematch Cinderella.
Mainly because I watched a video where people criticize her for being a horrible role model for young girls.
I'm a 21 year old cis-gender white male. I loved Cinderella.
Okay so there's the Stepmother : A mean, 1D horrible person, who's quite frightening and somehow makes you want to be abusive to women. She loathes Cinderella out of consuming jealousy, and wants both her daughters to surpass her in every aspect. Probably because she herself has no confidence.
And then there are Drizella and Anastasia. Two lazy ugly girls who aren't all that ambitious and who are brainwashed by their mother, and pressured to do many things they aren't even good at, such as singing etc.
Then, there's the king. A warm-hearted yet hot tempered, lonely man who griefs his son for growing up too fast and wants to feel alive again with having grandchildren. So he sets up this gala which is basically a speed dating for his son to meet young ladies in hopes of marrying one of them and having children.
And then last but oh so not least, we have Cinderella. She's is a radiant beauty and the kindest human being I have ever seen in a movie. Enslaved by her stepfamily and abused, she's forced to do the chores all day long, and has very little rest. The blame is always on her, and she can't have a moment without her step family calling for her for the most ridiculous things. She was even more abused and humiliated when her cousins ripped her dress apart and to keep her from going to the ball. Naturally, she broke down. Might as well beat her to death.
Yet, she faces her enslavement with joy and positivity. She has so much love to give to everybody around her. All of the animals love her and can't resist her kindness and beauty. She is jailed, but she's happy with it. Instead of fighting it, she accepts it and sees the good in it, and teaches it around her, (teaching the dog to like the cat instead of fighting him, because she knows he will be punished, and that's not worth it for her, she'd rather live and die enslaved and happy.)
She's not free, but she's okay with it. She faces the injustice with love and kindness. Which is so brave, and so inspirational. In my eyes, she's the freest person,because she never gives up hope of being freed one day, and in the meantime she would gladly do the chores and wash the dishes and swipe the floor.
To me, it's not a love story. It has a message of never stop having faith, and accepting the circumstances of your life, not in a passive way but in a mature one, and actually realizing that you can still be happy even with the worst conditions. The love part is only partial and is not exploited at all and I don't mind it. Even though the dancing scene was so romantic it made me drool. They definitely know their way around. She's a victim, but her actions couldn't be as far as those of a victim's . She's honestly a role model for every person who is trapped or lost or abused.
I also found the interactions between the cat and the mice very entertaining and funny, and the ways they always found a solution were clever.
Each one of them has moment to shine, each one of them is important, each one of them has a role.
Needless to say the fairy is only but a metaphor for a silver lining.
I definitely want my children to watch Cinderella.
Overall this movie is kinda dumb. Even though I was really bored when I watched this as a child, I'm assuming that it can only be enjoyed by children? I have no clue. This is a really dumb movie with some decent animation. I don't really see why so many people like it, but whatever.
I've never been as enamored with this film as with other Disney films. First of all, the villains just are laughable. They don't' have the cruelty that they have in other movies. The prince is a dud. He is strictly window dressing, someone for Cinderella to fall in love with. But the real downer is those tiresome mice and their electronically enhanced voices. After a few minutes of them, I've had enough. Even the Fairy Godmother is a dull, undeveloped character. Cinderella's plight in the original fairy tale is hell on earth. Here she is mostly inconvenienced. I know it's animation out of the fifties and Disney is for kids, but when I was young I didn't like this very much. Again, there are some really good songs, including "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes." A theme for the whole Disney enterprise.
Cinderella is widely seen as an iconic film. Not only did its success help save Disney from financial collapse, but it also crafted some memorable imagery and established themes that would reoccur in Disney's fairy tales. Most people know the story. Cinderella is effectively a slave to her cruel stepmother and her chance to escape appears when every maiden in the land is invited to the Prince's ball in order to find him a wife. She attends, with help from her Fairy Godmother, and falls in love with the Prince, but leaves only a glass slipper behind for him to find her. I think the simplicity of the story is what appeals to people, while its themes of perseverance and triumphing over adversity are also used effectively.Cinderella herself is not the most interesting of characters, she's pleasant and sweet but she's also a little boring. Yet her kindness is what wins you over, the fact she's always so upbeat and optimistic in the face of such hardship makes her a very likable lead. Some people might have problems with how passive she seems at times, but it adds to the characters sensitivity for me. I also think Ilene Woods has a very gentle voice that matches the character flawlessly. Sadly the Prince gets even less development and comes off as a total bore. He only has a few lines of dialogue and we never know how he feels, he appears disinterested in the ball and as a result the romance with Cinderella just feels weak. The animation is excellent and softer which calls back to the likes of 'Snow White'. However, the most impressive thing about the film visually is its size. This is one big film with every castle and every mansion looking massive, in fact the scenes at the Prince's ball are amazing in scope considering the films ages. The colours are bright and bring a lot of warmth to proceedings, with lots of blue and pink that blend together beautifully with the background. The music is good for the most part and there are plenty of pleasant melodies that suit the films tone, while songs like 'Bibbidi- Bobbidi-Boo' are bouncy and enjoyable.Possibly the best element for me is the stepmother Lady Tremaine. She is comfortably one of Disney's best villains and it all comes from her having control over Cinderella. She comes across as calculating and spiteful, always looking to make Cinderella's life miserable with an icy glare and air of superiority. Eleanor Audley also deserves praise for providing her calmly sinister voice. The stepsisters are suitably annoying, though much time isn't devoted to them. The dress ripping scene is the perfect display of Tremaine's subtle cruelty and has a real emotion heft to it given Cinderella's reaction. Disney regular Verna Felton deserves credit for making the Fairy Godmother a caring and motherly figure for Cinderella.The biggest issue with the film for me is that there are far too many 'cute' moments, most of which involve the mice that help Cinderella. They aren't overly important to the story yet the film gives them ample screen time and all they do is slow down the main plot. They do provide some amusing comic relief at times, but there is simply too much time spent with them when it really should have been spend developing characters like the Prince. Lack of development is something of a general issue with the film, we never really know the true motivations of any of the characters outside of our main character and it does mean you struggle to get engaged in the story at times.On the whole Cinderella is a charming and enjoyable fantasy, yet despite its acclaim and iconic status I certainly don't think it's amongst Disney's best. The animation is spectacular in every sense, Lady Tremaine is a wonderfully evil villain and despite some flaws Cinderella is a pleasant lead. The voice actors all do fantastic jobs and the music is enjoyable as you'd expect from Disney. With that said it certainly suffers from a lack of character development, a flimsy romance and far too much concentration on the animal sidekicks which both harm the story. The memorable moments are worthy, but it just lacks something to be considered as one of Disney best.