Beautiful yet flawed: Cinderella reworked

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Beautiful yet flawed: Cinderella reworked

Ashley Rasina, Staff Reporter

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We all know the classic story of Cinderella, a girl who has nothing that becomes a princess. Now the movie has been morphed into a live action version. The old disney movie itself is a cult favorite, so it was dangerous to remake. However, Kenneth Bragnah, the director, managed to pull it off with help from Lily James as Cinderella and Richard Madden as Prince charming.

The original movie has the mice starring a main role, so it is not a surprise that the live action version had to be reworked quite a bit. Do not get me wrong, the movie still clearly emphasizes the connection Cinderella has with these mice, who are practically her only friends as she works for her evil stepmother and stepsisters. However, taking the mice out of the main equation allows the storyline to center more around who the movie is named after, Cinderella.

The acting in this movie is superb. James really captures Cinderella’s kindness and sense of innocence. And, Cate Blanchett, who plays the evil stepmother embodies the sick and twisted mind of her character with precision.

The camera angles along with the beautiful setting in the woods helped give the movie a truly magical feel. Even the costumes for this film appeared to be straight out of a storybook.

Although you can’t argue with the beauty of the setting or the brilliant acting, there is a flaw in this movie, one that shone through possibly even more in the original. Cinderella puts up with abuse long after her parents are gone. She stays because the house belonged to her family and she did not want to lose it. This is a weak excuse for her to put up with physical and mental torture. It sends young girls the wrong message, to not fight back against those who wrong them or abuse them. The evil doings of her step family are essential for the storyline, however I feel a modern made version of Cinderella could have used a modern day twist, a better reason for her to allow herself to be treated this way, other than the house and vague memories of her parents. After all, isn’t your health more important than an inanimate object?

Now, if you can get past this misstep, I believe you’ll find the movie quite enjoyable. There are good lessons in it as well, such as the importance of kindness and hope. Overall, I found the movie very entertaining and something people of every age could appreciate.

 

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