Disney has done it again! They've created a movie that children and movie goers of all ages can fall in love with. Not only will fans fall in love with this version of Cinderella, they will love the movie's over all message, HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND! It's a powerful message that all who see the movie can apply it to their own lives. It's one that Cinderella herself is a prime of example of.
The Cinderella in this movie had a charming, wonderful childhood with two loving parents, and a childhood home that was full of love, and happiness. As we all know, sadly her mother dies when she is young. When she is older, her father remarries. It's upon one of his travels that he takes ill and dies. It's not until then does Cinderella see just how horrible her step mother really is. Much like their mother, her step sisters are mean and cruel to her as well. But, no matter how horribly they treated her, Cinderella always treated them kindly. On her mother's death bed, her told her daughter this important message:
No matter what she had to endure, Cinderella endures it with courage and kindness. Even when it was hard for her to do, Cinderella was kind to those who may not have deserved. On the flip side of seeing how nice Cinderella treated everyone, whether they were nice to her or not, we see how jealousy, envy, and hurt can eat away at someone and turn them into a cruel, mean person. Which is exactly what Cinderella's stepmother was. One of the best moments in the book was when Cinderella turned to her step mother and sisters, and said she forgave them, before leaving her house with the King.
I loved that my young daughter was able to see the way Cinderella chose to treat everyone around her. She was so kind to everyone, no matter how people treated her, even when it was hard to be kind. Being an adult, it was a great reminder for me. Another message we talked about on our way home was one that takes place near the end of the movie, and it's when the Prince and Cinderella tell each other that they accept one another as they are. I LOVED that! I love that my daughter said that was one of her favorite moments in the movie was when they said that. Along with having courage, and being kindness, acceptance of a person for they are, is such an important lesson to learn and apply in life.
Movie wise, this cast was fantastic! I don't think Disney could have had a more perfect cast for this movie. The movie is a squeaky clean, wholesome, and a down right well done movie. It's one that leaves you with feel good feeling, and has you walking out of the theater with a huge grin on your face. There are so many important messages within this movie that young children, as well as movie goers of all ages, can take away from this movie. I wish I could have written down. This movie had it all. Great script writing, great acting, and great movie magic. I don't think they could have done any better.
If you're wondering whether or not you want to go see this movie, I highly recommend it! While I had the cutest looking Cinderella seated next to me in the movie theater (my daughter dressed up in her favorite Disney Princess costume, which is Cinderella), this movie's Cinderella proved to be the best role model and example of being kind and having courage. Thank you Disney for proving such a great movie for my daughter and I to enjoy together. This is one movie I can't wait to be out on DVD.
One of my favorite quotes from the movie is this:
As Cinderella's Fairy Godmother says, "See the world not as it is, but as it could be."