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Cinderella Family Movie Review

Cinderella Trailer

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MPAA Rating

for mild thematic elements

Drama | Family | Fantasy | Romance

Kenneth Branagh

Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden

Walt Disney Pictures

Release Date/In Theaters

Cinderella Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger Shelby

We all know the story, poor Cinderella, loses her parents and then must go to live with her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. That is until her fairy Godmother helps her to meet her handsome Prince Charming. This favorite classic is back on the big screen again, only this time, the characters are live action, not a Disney cartoon. This parental guide to the movies will not give you any spoilers. You know them already.

This movie was rated PG for thematic elements and because the pumpkin coach almost goes off the road. There was one scene where the main characters are seen in their corsets as they are getting ready for the ball. They are historically accurate corsets and not revealing at all. Other than that, this version of Cinderella is not that different from the classic Disney movie that we all remember.

This delightful rendition of the classic tale plays up the innocence of Cinderella. The gender roles are slightly rewritten from the original, but then again times have changed. When Cinderella and the Prince first meet in the woods, it is more of an equal partnership, rather than a Prince rescuing the Princess. Nonetheless, they stuck with the classic Disney fairy tale ending and she wins his heart.

Did you know that Cinderella was not based off the Grimm’s Fairy Tale version of the story? In the Grimm version, the wicked step sisters cut off their heels and toes to make the shoe fit. They also have their eyes pecked out with crows, not necessarily an appropriate children’s tale. The Grimm version also has no pumpkin carriage. Rather than the Grimm version, the movie is based off Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon written in 1697. The fairy godmother and pumpkin carriage were his addition to the more violent earlier version.

If you liked the first Disney version, you and the little princesses in your family will love this one too. This family movie review thinks this this updated version of Cinderella is an excellent way to spend the afternoon.

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