Disney’s Cinderella REVIEW


In a world where bringing a modern spin to stories is becoming more and more common, live-action Cinderella is a fresh look at the original Disney telling of the fairytale in that it is ironically faithful to the 1950 film. Nothing is distorted or wildly reimagined—yes, this is the story of the tragedy that left a girl parentless, living with a cruel stepmother and her two stupid daughters. This is the story of the forgotten glass slipper and the one night with the prince that made the girl decide she was in love. This is the story of inherent goodness that is rewarded with a happy ending, and despite the fact it is a corny tale we know through and through, Cinderella still manages to charm with its earnest, sweet, genuine tone. It’s storytelling at its best and simplest with a clear plot structure and pure characters.

Along with gorgeous cinematography, Cinderella is eye-candy for wardrobe fanatics and dress lovers. Everything from Cinderella’s iconic dress to the Stepmother’s elaborate hat to the Prince’s suit is meticulously designed. Different tints of blue emerge as Cinderella twirls her dress, and mark my words: Disney will see a surge in costume profits as little girls will rush to stores to buy their dress. (I myself am tempted to buy the Prom edition of her dress. The colors, the fabric, the elegance—!) At times, the animal CGI is a bit cringe inducing, but I personally liked how the movie required suspense of disbelief. I’m glad Disney didn’t try to make the story “relevant” to modern times, paradoxically allowing us to indulge in the fantasy. The transformation of the pumpkin and the ragged dress is truly magical to witness, and older audiences may find themselves washed in nostalgia as they watch the classic scene unfold before their eyes.

The cast brings the characters to life flawlessly, especially Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine. She gives the villain such depth and complexity. What I love about the movie the most is its message: to have courage and be kind. Cinderella and her Prince embody characteristics we wish we have, and I left the theater determined to be a better person, however hokey it sounds. Some cynics like my dad and brother may want a darker twisted fairytale, but I think in our world today we need happily-ever-afters more than ever before. Cinderella brings hope and awakens the child inside all of us, prompting us to see things not as they are, but as they could be.

In addition, the short accompanying the film, Frozen Fever, makes the trip to the theaters all the more worthwhile—kids will love the sisters’ new outfits and the cheery birthday song they’ll soon know all the words to.



First Published at Crixit.com


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on March 9, 2015, in Movie Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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