From a remarkable set design to elaborate costumes and character upgrades, Disney’s new live action film “Cinderella” tells a classic story to a new generation. The movie goes beyond the superficial side of the original storyline. By going in a different direction and flawlessly teaching young children some valuable lessons.
Below are 3 specific morals that are presented in this wonderful rendition of Cinderella.
Most of us have seen this fairytale hundreds of times, however we never get any background on Prince Charming (Richard Madden). Disney’s new version expands on his character by showing his desire to be a good son. One key moral that Prince Charming illustrates is he respects his father. The King wants him to find a princess to marry in order to strengthen the kingdom. However he falls in love with Cinderella (Lily James). Instead of disregarding his father’s wishes, he figures out a way to pursue Cinderella and in the process gains his father’s favor.
I love how Disney portrays the new “Cinderella” as strong and couragous. What’s more, she doesn’t want the prince to save her from her situation. The Cinderella of this generation values herself and falls in love with Prince Charming because he compliments her. This fairytale encourages little girls to vaule themselves and that true beauty comes from within.
I think today’s society teaches our kids that it’s ok to be cruel to one another. Although, Cinderella’s stepmother and sisters are very mean and harsh, it doesn’t affect the way she treats them in return. No matter how mean they are to her, Cinderella remains respectable and kind throughout the entire movie.
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The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.
Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”
When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress.
Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1”) and David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”) with Tim Lewis (“Edge of Tomorrow”) serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”).