April 13, 2015
I went to see this for the costumes. SO MUCH CHIFFON. I came out of it thinking that this is a movie about the terrible promises we make to the dead.
One other thing: It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the animated version, but I’m pretty sure the old animated Cinderella is more active and has more agency than this live action Cinderella. In the animated movie, when the stepmother smashes the slipper that’s been brought for the girls to try on, and Cinderella slyly says, “You see, I have the other slipper.” That’s a slam-bang moment. She’s got wit and plans ahead. She stands up for herself. She’s not going to let that bitch hold her back.
The live action one? Apparently having “courage and being kind” means sitting back and accepting your fate. The only reason she gets to try on the slipper is because the prince’s entourage hears her singing, and that’s only because the mice opened the window. This Cinderella is a more old-fashioned heroine than the animated Cinderella — she is rewarded for her passive virtues, not because she actually does anything.
I can see that the live-action movie wanted to change things up by having the stepmother smash Cinderella’s slipper instead of the prince’s, but all that ends up doing is removing Cinderella’s one avenue of agency. I kind of hate that.
(My movie viewing has not been very timely recently. There just hasn’t been a lot of motivation to go to movies. But May — holy cow, May’s going to be a big movie month. Avengers 2, Mad Max Fury Road, Tomorrowland — and am I the only one who really wants Tomorrowland to be a straight-up adaptation of Gibson’s “The Gernsback Continuum?”)