I took my family to watch Cinderella movie last night. I left the theater with more than just a big smile on my face and warmth in my heart.
Cinderella is the first fairy tale I've come to know growing up. For years to come, it stayed at the top of the list as the best Disney Princess story for me (Sorry, Frozen). Until Beauty and The Beast animated movie with its iconic song came along. Then, I have two favorite Disney Princess stories. Imagine my excitement when I learned Beauty and The Beast is currently in production.
Yeah. Cray excited!
Cinderella, being my first love, has always had that unbreakable magical effect on me. Watching the movie last night brought back so many happy, giddy, wonderous memories from my childhood. Watching my now 7-year-old daughter blown away with the story is an experience I would cherish til the end of time. In her, I relive my own magical moments when Cinderella met Prince Charming, when the mice helped sewing the dress, when the Fairy Godmother appeared for the first time.
Disney has once again proved themselves to be the best creator of anything magic.
The movie is beautiful. The acting is flawless. The message is modern without sacrificing its originality.
What set this Cinderella movie apart from its predecessors is the message it's sending to the audience.
"Have courage and be kind."
I love that.
I didn't remember it was there in my old version of Cinderella. Sure, it talked about dreams and hope and kindness, but in this new version, it pointedly reminds us that in life, magic or not magic, everything starts with you. You rule your own destiny, because at the end, it's not the Fairy Godmother's magic that wins Prince Kit's heart. It's not Fairy Godmother's magic that makes Cinderella beautiful because she is already beautiful by being herself, a simple country girl with a big heart.
"Have courage and be kind" as opposed to Cinderella's stepmother's "have jealousy and be bitter".
Many of you have asked me how good this Cinderella movie is.
Here is my answer:
If it can make my 12-year-old brooding teenage boy said WOW at the of the movie, then it is THAT good.