CINDERELLA 2015: Value of Courage & Kindness is Crystal Clear

Before I made it to the theater to see Cinderella, Google search was already active with articles Cinderella-and-prince-Kit-dancingabout the age-old fairy tale. Never in a million years would I have expected Disney’s retelling of Cinderella to stir such comment and controversy—but stir it did.
From the beginning of Disney’s beautiful retelling of the story, it’s clear there is much more depth of character than what the Brothers Grimm 1812 fairy tale offered. Cutting off a toe to fit in a shoe isn’t really fitting. Charles Perrault, a Frenchman, who is said to have penned the first story in 1697, clearly created Cinderella to be a woman whose graciousness is valued more than beauty and whose talents and courage are from heaven.
Our 2015 Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh fulfills the woman of Perrault’s dreams. Such delivery of Cinderella’s talents stand in sharp contrast to the pushy, greedy, rude women who cast her off to the cinders.
The splendor of Disney’s cinematography, complimented by the captivating colorful costuming are dazzling albeit slow-paced in the first half of the film. Once the Fairy Godmother appears, the feeling is one of being swept away with the glass (Swarovsky!) slippers and the romance that follows.
This magical version ends with Cinderella’s forgiveness of those who had tormented her, a quality welcome in a cynical world.
Perrault’s Cinderella emerges as a woman whose character is not defined by her clothes instead she is one to admire, a role model for women of all ages. The value of courage and kindness is clear—crystal!

2 thoughts on “CINDERELLA 2015: Value of Courage & Kindness is Crystal Clear

  1. First of all, I loved the movie. I can’t think of one thing I would have wanted changed. What surprised me (and warmed my heart) was to see the values Cinderella’s mother instilled in her and unashamedly displayed in 2015 where much of the world considers sweetness and goodness to be a joke and a sign of weakness. The characters were not cartoonish or over-the-top in their behavior..even the step-sisters had their vulnerable moments. I especially loved the ending where she forgave her step-mother. It was much more than I ever expected from a fairy tale.

    • You are so right about goodness is now a sign of weakness. Had it not been for this version of Cinderella and Branagh’s directing, I never would have known about Perrault’s Cinderella. His version emphasized the qualities in the film you so well describe. Go Disney! Wonder who’ll be next?

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