Hi blog readers! Welcome back to Movie Magic Monday! The movie up for discussion today is Ever After: A Cinderella Story starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, and Dougray Scott.
The fantastic thing about this movie is that although it is not a modern day adaptation of the famous fairytale, it does have an air of maturity and independence that feels very current. It’s tag line: ‘Desire. Defy. Escape.’ sets the stage for the intelligent and passionate protagonist Danielle, who unlike the fairytale Cinderella is not a helpless victim, but more a triumphant heroine, who manages to make the most of some truly terrible situations (and one very cruel, obnoxious stepsister).
Danielle has found happiness in her simple life, though it is not the life she was meant to live. The servants of her father’s household have become the family she so sorely lacks and she is still very much an optimistic dreamer, despite her lot in life.
There are a few fantastic surprises in this film, including the very charismatic and hysterical gypsies, the kind stepsister who in my opinion often steals the show, the handsome prince who manages to have more depth than Prince no-name Charming ever could, and the appearance of a very famous historical figure, who manages to ground this fairytale into reality.
Anjelica Huston is just perfectly empty as the wicked stepmother. She even manages to have a glimpse of brief humanity before it literally melts off her face. And Drew Barrymore’s performance is impressive, more so than I could have imagined. I cheered for her the entire time.
This movie is so good, I know guys who have added it to their DVD collection. I swear. It’s fantastic.
I give it a definite: A+