I live with boys. The movies the Danielson men usually choose are action adventures. It’s generally swashbuckling, car-chasing or extreme sports for movie picks. But to my delight, Scott suggested Disney’s Cinderella (PG) for date night. The movie was spectacular.
Goodness, mercy, kindness, and love are at the center of the 2015 live-action remake. Ella, aka Cinderella, follows mother’s advice on her deathbed to “have courage and be kind”. This theme permeates the entire story to the very end when Ella forgives her stepmother.
Family life is idyllic for Ella in the beginning of the film. Her childhood is filled with happiness and love. The relationships she has with animals is endearing.
The movie is a treat for the senses. Like in all Disney movies, the music is wonderful. The costumes and sets are beautiful. The flowers, gardens, and homes are just as one would expect in a fairytale. The end result of the fairy godmother’s transformation of a pumpkin, woodland creatures, and Ella’s torn dress is delightful. And the ball, fabulous!
My caution to parents would be the number of deaths in the film and the dreadful portrayal of stepfamilies. Ella’s mother becomes deathly ill at the beginning of the film and is followed soon afterward in death by her father. Ella is left with her cruel stepmother, hateful stepsisters, and Lucifer, the nasty cat. The prince looses his father, the king, as well.
Needless to say, I enjoyed the movie immensely. Overall, I give Cinderella five out of five 1C13P hearts for good family entertainment!
By Becky Danielson
Wife to Scott, Mom of two
Licensed Parent & Family Educator
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting
Co-author of The 1 Corinthians 13 Parent Series:
Raising Little Kids with Big Love and
Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love
Link here to the official Disney Cinderella website for more information.
Photo credit: movies.Disney.com (downloads)
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May 9, 2015