"I Can't Drive. I'm a Goose."
Once again, though, if you don’t like the story of Cinderella, you’re not going to find much here to change your mind. The film does not stray far from the fable, or even more specifically from DISNEY’S version of the fable (right down to Cinderella’s rat friends). As such, the viewer has to let a lot of things go and immerse themselves in the stunning visuals (particular props to the costume design) and fairy tale whimsy (provided in large part by Helena Bonham Carter’s turn as the Fairy Godmother). For some reason, a lot of the logical flaws of Cinderella’s story stood out to me in this retelling (why doesn’t the glass slipper disappear after midnight? Why does Ella’s father marry a woman who is obviously so heinous after losing his first wife, the kindest soul on Earth? Why IS the Prince so willing to put his kingdom in an awkward diplomatic situation for the sake of some girl he met in the woods?), but it does NO GOOD to ponder those flaws. It’s a children’s movie at its core, in the way a lot of recent live Disney adaptations haven’t been (coughMaleficentcough), and the crowd that’s going to enjoy this the most are young girls (although there’s enough comedy and action in this film to probably appeal to little boys, too). I almost feel bad critiquing it; any negative criticism I could lob this movie’s way would miss the entire point of the story.
"Cinderella"’s a beautiful adaptation by a company that loves to prove that they know exactly what they’re doing, thank you very much. Young children and their families should enjoy it for years to come, at least until someone can make a CGI dress transformation that looks even prettier.
Champagne. What else?
-Drink whenever the words "have courage and be kind" are spoken, or any variation.
-Drink when someone is called by their title.
-Drink when the Prince is called by his real name. Kit. It's Kit.
-Drink when Cinderella talks about one of her parents.
-Drink when Cinderella cries. It's such pretty crying, though.
This review was written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "Cinderella" was produced and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is rated "PG" with a runtime of 112 minutes.