Finally got to watch this one again since it was released onto Disney plus a couple days ago. It is one of the many Disney classics being made into live actions. Its counterparts being as of 2020: Mulan, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. They have had a couple reboots of other films that have remained in the animated category despite their enhanced graphics, such as Lion King and Lady and the Tramp.
Now, opinions aside of all these remakes, necessary or not, I found this one to be decent enough. It was beautiful, no doubt. Cinderella’s dress in this live action did not look like it was even a part of real life. The story, like many remakes of the fable, centered on the innocence of Cinderella; her resilience despite her stepmother and stepsisters; and the relationship developed between her and the prince.
Now, I just had a couple problems. Mainly it was issues with the, I don’t even know how to express it, the silliness level of the movie? Now, a lot of the movie, I would say a solid 70 percent of the movie was more reality, less silly. But certain key parts of the movie just did not fit, because they were extremely silly. A main moment would be with Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother. The whole scene just felt wrong. It did not mesh with the rest of the movie. It was giddy, a bit silly and just did not mix with everything else. The actresses were great, but it was like dropping oil into water.
I am not against fun bits with magic and a certain level of silliness, one of my favorite Cinderella’s was the one with Brandy and that was just color, magic, and fun all the way through. Just the moment’s in this Cinderella did not flow with the rest of the film; it was like two different points of view were diverging in this film, making it feel a bit choppy to be honest. And as well as a forgettable film. When a movie does not have the right flow, it is hard to keep interest.
Now, another notable difference in this film versus others is that it is NOT a musical, which is fine. Except when looking at some of the issues with the film it honestly might have helped bring together some of these continuity issues. And considering it was supposed to be a remake of the Disney classic? Some of the old fan-favorite songs would have really drawn in a few more viewers.
Another, more minor issue, is that certain moments felt rushed. It was like they tried to pack in a lot of little side plots that just did not get their moments and instead of just omitting them they left them in as sometimes confusing distractions from the main point of the film.
Now, I know I have gone on and on about the issues, but it is a sweet film despite that and, like I said, very beautifully done. You can check it out on Disney plus or check it out on Amazon by clicking on the image below: