guest post by my awesome neighbor Stephen
When I received an invitation to see the new “Cinderella” movie, I was wondering if I would be bored having recently seen the movie “Into the Woods” which features “Cinderella” as one of its storylines. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. Having grown up on a steady diet of testosterone-fueled, explosion-filled action movies, I can honestly say that I never considered myself a big fan of Disney Princess movies but I am enjoying Disney’s recent efforts to relaunch their animated classics, which although timeless, can seem a little dated and definitely in need of refurbishing. That is where Disney is now succeeding. I don’t think discussing the plot of “Cinderella” will spoil anything for the reader, but the central theme of this new movie is to “Be kind and have courage” instead of suggesting that young girls serve as doormats and that someday Prince Charming will come knocking on the door to save them from their basement dwelling where they wallow in self-pity watching "Sex In The City" reruns. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is still set hundreds of years ago and Cinderella doesn’t take to social media to complain about her “evil” stepmother and stepsisters. That said, this new Cinderella has a little more backbone and the relationship between her and the prince is established in more realistic terms and not just “love at first sight” at a royal ball. And yes, I do note the certain irony that appears when I mention “realistic” in relation to a movie involving fairy godmothers, vegetable vehicles, magically disappearing garments (but not footwear), and talking mice. Speaking of “talking mice”, I did miss the classic “Cinderelly, Cinderelly” song sung by Gus from the animated version. But other than that, the film stands on its own and is expertly directed by Kenneth Branagh known for directing movies involving royalty such as “Hamlet” and “Thor”. I definitely recommend this movie for the whole family. Be sure to make it in time to watch the new “Frozen” animated short ("Frozen Fever") that appears before the feature film—the kids will dig it and if you miss it, I don’t think that they’ll be able to “Let it go”. < insert sound of crickets chirping here after bad joke>
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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