Disclaimer: Walt Disney Studios invited us to a free screening of the movie in order to facilitate this review. Images and videos below as well as the movie synopsis have been provided by Walt Disney Studios. All opinions are 100% our own.
In Frozen Fever, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf are throwing Anna a birthday party. Unfortunately, things go awry when Elsa comes down with a cold. Each time she sneezes, she creates several little snowmen who threaten the party preparations. My daughter loved Frozen Fever. Her favorite part is the very end when Olaf has names for each of the little snowmen – and they are all snow/cold related.
Cinderella starts with Ella as a young girl living with her parents. The first part of the movie establishes the character of Ella with her optimism, and learning the lesson from her parents to “be kind and have courage”. We gradually see Ella’s world change as her mother dies, her father remarries, and her father dies. After her father’s death, Cinderella continues with the familiar story from the animated version of the movie.
I found Cinderella stayed true to the animated Disney version of the story. I liked that they kept her mice friends (Gus and Jacques) from the animated movie with Jaques becoming Jacqueline. Lucifer, Lady Tremaine’s cat is also present, although Bruno, Cinderella’s dog is missing.
They also added a scene with Cinderella meeting the Prince in the forrest before the ball. She knows he is from the palace, but doesn’t realize that he is the prince.
One of the things that my daughter found interesting was how many of the actors that she knew from other movies:
- Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Captain America, Agent Carter) – Ella’s Mother
- Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, Galadriel) – Ella’s Step-Mother
- Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter, Bellatrix Lestrange) – Fairy Godmother
- Stellan Skarsgård (Thor/The Avengers, Dr. Selvig) – Grand Duke
She was also impressed when I told her that the director, Kenneth Branagh played Professor Lockhart in the Harry Potter series.
The Cinderella movie is appropriate for all ages without scary or inappropriate scenes. However, unlike the animated film, we are introduced to Cinderella’s parents before they die (as well as the Prince’s father). Some children may find it upsetting that the character’s die, so use judgement based on your child. I do recommend kids be at least 6 or 7 years old since the movie is close to two hours and likely to run over two hours with previews.
Overall, while we really enjoyed the movie, my favorite retelling of Cinderella is still Ever After.