Note: I have not seen the 2015 Cinderella, so when I say this one is my favorite, it is excluding the 2015 Cinderella.
I finally saw Ever After, and it was one of the best renditions of Cinderella that I have ever seen. I almost like it better than the original tale from the Grimm days.
|Love this costume.|
I have so much praise for this movie. I love the historical twist, and I adore the characters. I'm going to start with them.
Danielle is a refreshing change from the typical damsel in distress.
She definitely doesn't need no man to save her.
I mean, she lobbed a prince in the head with an apple, and the prince was moving...and an apple is a highly unreliable choice of ammo, but still... She is a perfect mix of head-in-the-clouds and grounded. She has a temper, but is inherently sweet. I know all of these sound like contradictions, but they work somehow. Without the temper, she would be insufferable and a Mary-Sue, but with them, she has a strong flaw that often gets the better of her, not to mention she's smart and stubborn.
|She saved him!|
|I loved this scene.|
Danielle cringed at the old man's touch, his calloused fingers sending chills of horror and disgust down her spine. "Unhand her, you fiend." The prince galloped in on a white horse. The old man cowered before him, "But sire, I was only - " "Oh, I know what you were doing." Danelle let out a squeal of delight, "Oh, my prince has come for me! I knew you loved me." The prince reached down and lifted his love onto the horse. They galloped away into the sunset. Roll Credits.
Okay, maybe not as cheesy, but you get the idea. I thought for sure it would have a predictable and groan-worthy ending, but no, I was surprised. Danielle stood on her own and saved herself. I honestly love that.
She is my favorite out of the stepmothers in all the Cinderella stories. She was humanized. She genuinely cared for Danielle's father, and you could see that in little moments when her stern demeanor cracked. Not to say she wasn't despicable, because she was, but I liked that she wasn't as ridiculously merciless as some of the other stepmothers.
I'm only going to talk about Jacqueline. She was such a nice change from the typical, snooty stepsister.
I enjoyed seeing both sides of the coin. You could see her being picked on by her mother, and you could see her being kind to Danielle, while the other stepsister was just awful. I felt like this story was more plausible because of the humanized stepmother, and the kind stepsister.
Leonardo da Vinci
I loved loved loved that they added Leonardo. He fit so perfectly what I imagined the real Leonardo to be. He was crazy, sweet, and terribly fun. He was so wise, too. I want him as my grandpa or next door neighbor or something.
Overall, I loved this movie. The costumes were amazing!!