As a blogger, I received the opportunity of pre-screening Disney’s new movie Cinderella with Frozen Fever Featurette with my 8-year-old daughter. All opinions expressed here are honest and my own.
Who is ready to see Disney’s new version of Cinderella? I was so hoping I would get a pre-screening opportunity for this one and my wish came true.
Just in case you have missed the trailer, check it out here:
Let’s just say the trailer doesn’t even do the movie justice. It’s definitely a terrific teaser.
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever. (WALT DISNEY PICTURES) This film is rated PG.
Disney does a clever and creative job of taking you through the Disney classic, but with more creative ideas. As an adult I relived that moment of dreaming of becoming a princess as a child. My eight-year-old was beyond engaged and intrigued from the moment it began. Of course the Frozen Fever Featurette just before the film got her very excited. Here’s what she has to say about it:
” Frozen Fever was funny and cute. I loved the little snowmen guys that would pop out when Elsa would sneeze. I loved Cinderella’s blue dress. It made me want to be a princess and spin around in it. I thought it was really funny when the mice were turning into horses but they still had mice ears.” ~Lyssa Clair, 8
Frozen Fever Featurette Teaser
Before Cinderella’s (Ella’s) mother passed away she told her daughter to “be kind and good and always be happy.” Her life is tested with the mistreatment of her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. She never once treated them badly in return or said harsh words. A true role model for young girls. Many would say that no one acts that way. Disney princesses aren’t real and live in a dream world. While this is true, the message is far greater proving you have control over your actions. In the end Cinderella’s final words to her stepmother are….”I forgive you.”
The actor portraying her (Lily James from Downton Abbey) was stunning and will take your breath away. She just melts your heart. The prince (Richard Madden from Games of Thrones) is humble, kind, and understanding. My review isn’t going to do the movie justice either, you just have to go see if for yourself. I think girls of all ages will just be in love with it. Since I have all girls, I’m not sure what boys will think of it, but there are entertaining moments for them too. It’s just refreshing for there to be a movie where you don’t have to worry about anything being inappropriate.
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