Matilda

MatildaMatilda is a powerful story about never giving up and fighting for what you believe in. That our title character is a young girl with burgeoning telekinetic powers is what makes it all the more interesting.

Matilda (Mara Wilson) is as young girl who just doesn’t fit in with her family. In short, she’s intelligent and calm whereas her parents and brother are less than knowledgeable and seem to be quite impulsive. As she grows up, Matilda has a penchant for reading, to the point where she takes a wheelbarrow to the library so that she can read piles of books and learn more about the world she finds herself in. Her family often mistreats her and thinks that she is the stupid one and as she starts to grow more bold she punishes them for their crimes, which include belittling her and flat out lying to the people they sell cars to.

Matilda parentsHer pranks are harmless, but they highlight an edge to Matilda that she is not one to be messed with. Her father Harry Wormwood (Danny DeVito) thinks she is stupid, her mother Zinnia (Rhea Pearlman) thinks she isn’t a priority, and her brother Michael (Brian Levinson) thinks she is nothing more than a nuisance. Clearly they don’t respect her and, aside from the pranks, Matilda does her best to hide her feelings from her family as she moves through her life.

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It is around this time that she starts to discover her abilities and is enrolled in a preparatory school run by the tyrannical principal Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris) . You might be wondering how someone who, could quite nicely be titled a terrorist, could continue teaching our youth. The answer is simple, she punishes the parents as much as she does the students. However, in this dank, depressing school of woe and agony is a shining beacon in Jennifer Honey (Embeth Davidtz) who is as sweet and light as her name would imply. Matilda also befriends a young girl named Lavender (Kiami Davael), who is also tired of the mistreatment from Trunchbull. As if things couldn’t get any worse for her, her family is also under investigation by two federal agents, Bob (Paul Reubens) and Bill (Tracy Walter).

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Over time Matilda starts to open up to Miss Honey, whom she trusts and grows to learn more about including that Miss Honey is Agatha’s stepdaughter, and has been banished from her family’s home. Matilda, wanting to do right by the only person who has ever taken an interest in her, goes out of her way to get things from Miss Honey’s old home to try and lighten her day.

Matilda is a cute and enjoyable movie. It has fantasy elements along with real issues that should never be ignored, from child abuse, to poorly run educational facilities. But even in the darkest moments of the film, there is always a shining light because of Mara Wilson.

Maleficent

Adaptations are an interesting concept. We’ve come to a time where we enjoy seeing things from our past be updated, altered slightly, and presented to us on a silver platter. Maleficent was announced almost three full years before anything actually came from it, and from the first image I was hooked.

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I wasn’t annoyed when it was revealed that they would be altering Maleficent’s personality from straight up villain to misunderstood but still morally gray woman. I was intrigued because it so clearly represented morality in the actual world. How often are we told that someone is evil for being evil? In Sleeping Beauty Maleficent was in the right, in her mind and in her culture, to show up unannounced and curse an infant because of the slight. To the Fair people, all slights are weighted equally and to insult a fairy is one of the worst possible things you could do. So even in Sleeping Beauty she had a reason for her homicidal campaign against this kingdom. In Maleficent we are given a much more human and much more relatable reason for her hatred of humans in general.

Angelina Jolie plays the titular character during her adult years and is able to bring a depth of emotion to Maleficent that was simply left out in the original film. Isobelle Molloy and Ella Purnell play Maleficent as a young girl and teen respectively (although poor, poor Purnell had most of her scenes slashed from the film) so we are able to see Maleficent as she grows up and makes a connection with a young human male.

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Maleficent tells the tale of two kingdoms that stand divided, the human kingdom which is ruled by King Henry (played by Kenneth Cranham) who has designs on the Moors (The Fairy Kingdom next door). Maleficent, parallel to her romance detailed below, grows up to be their chief protector and thus is considered their leader in an unofficial capacity.

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Over time, based on what he has told her and how he has acted, Maleficent falls in love with the young Stefan but it was not a true love and one day her heart would be broken, her trust betrayed, and her wings stolen all so that Stefan can take power as King of the land. Morality, however, is not simply black and white and this is another example. Stefan, while clearly the villain here, is morally gray as well. He took Maleficent’s wings because he was unable to kill her, whether or not he truly loved Maleficent is up for debate. Stefan is played by Michael Higgins as a child and Sharlto Copley as an adult. This betrayal causes Maleficent to declare herself the true Queen of the Moors, with Diaval (Sam Riley), a young raven she saves from a human and gives a human form himself.

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It is a sad tale, and it would lead into what we know of Sleeping Beauty from Disney but in a different way. Stefan marries Princess Leila (played by Hannah New) and they have a beautiful young princess whom they name Aurora, which is Latin for Dawn. Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, is the epitome of innocence and naivety but grows quickly and is quite insightful about the world around her. She wants to help make things better between both kingdoms, and is quite certain she feels more secure in the Moors than she ever has in the human kingdom.

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From Maleficent’s unannounced arrival at the christening to the three good fairies, here named Knotgrass (pink, played by Imelda Staunton), Thistlewit (green, played by Juno Temple), and Flittle (blue, played by Lesley Manville), and even Prince Phillip (played by Brenton Thwaites) the story takes many liberties and gives us a brand new story designed to explore true morality. Each of these characters have aspects of who they were in Sleeping Beauty, but they’re all quite different in the long run. Some of this was for the better, others were a little more annoying.

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Maleficent is a truly wonderful film, and if you haven’t seen it already you need to check it out and if you have seen it just see it again!

 

 

 

X-Men (2000)

For many of you, your exposure to the slew of movies that have been coming out in excess since the year 2000 (because we’re ignoring EVERYTHING before then) has solely been with the film adaptation of one of my favorite mediums; The Comic Book Movie Adaptation!!

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X-Men started the resurgence in popularity (much like Scream did for slashers). It stared a slew of accomplished actors and who were just getting their start, and let’s be honest this made their careers SKYROCKET (Side note: Did you know Anna Paquin was in She’s All That as Freddie Prinze’s sister… cause I didn’t and I love that movie and I love her so…. Wow, some people have come FAR). But really, a lot of people know Famke Jannsen (Xenia Onatop) as the red-haired psychic Jean Grey, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (both accomplished actors with decades under their belt) as 1960’s best frienemies Magneto (Erik Lesherr) and Professor Charles Xavier, Halle Berry (interestingly enough she would go on to star in another Pierce Brosnan James Bond flick) as famous weather witch Storm, and Ray Park (Darth Maul!!) as the… overpowered Toad. Of course then there are those lucky actors who have grown near and dear to my heart (who knows about yours?) in the ensuing fifteen years of films and television alike: Anna Paquin (best known these days for True Blood) as Rogue (who really is just an amalgamation of Rogue’s power and Kitty and Jubilee’s characterization, especially where Wolverine is concerned), James Marsden as Cyclops (Enchanted, Strawdogs, Hairspray – but here he might as well be a silent mook considering he’s underused and nothing like his comic book counterpart… we’ll just leave it at that), Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake/Iceman (Notably NOT Smallville’s Jimmy Palmer as that was his twin brother Aaron, even though they often double for one another, and he was on Smallville as a villain so have at that as you will… no Shawn is notable for The Follownig with Kevin Bacon who would go on to play Sebastian Shaw AKA the White King in First Class), Tyler Mane as Sabertooth (who will later be known as the psychopathic serial killer who stalks his sister and kills all of her friends, Michael Meyers in the Halloween remake duology), Rebecca Romijn who would go on to star in a slew of tv shows like Ugly Betty and Eastwick, and who could forget Hugh Jackman our illustrious Wolverine who can steal the spotlight from the best of them (Famous for Les Miserables, but really just the X-men film franchise….).

See the characters you grew up with in wildly different interpretations in every regard except for their powers (leave that to Brett Rhatner and X-Men the Last Stand; I’m looking at you Callisto, Juggernaut, Psylocke, and… thorny guy?).

X-Men is an entertaining film but it was an adaptation of a comic book in the year 2000 and while it was impressive for its day, looking back on it there were a lot of flaws with it. Some aged well and others didn’t but in the end X-Men is still an entertaining film, just ignore everything you know about the comic books like I do when I’m watching an adaptation of a book and you’re golden!

What has always stood out for me in this series, though, is that for the most part the adaptations work (just ignore 3 and Wolverine Origins like Days of Future Past did and it’s all perfect). The characters are engaging when Hugh Jackman isn’t on screen, the plots can keep you guessing (especially if you’re apprised of the source material, the little changes make a huge difference and that can be a good thing if done properly). But most of all it did understand one thing that The Avengers will never have, a team film. For all of my jabs at Wolverine, he really is an integral character to the source material even if he debuted a decade after the series began. The X-Men films have always had a focus on team work, there aren’t any egos getting in the way of that and they trust one another implicitly. By the time you do reach the third movie, even with a roll of the eyes, their team is more a family than anything else.

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As July 14th rolls up and Fox wants us to shell out more money for a sequence that was completed months ago but held back for the reason just listed, look forward to the more than likely much better version of X-Men Days of Future Past – X-Men Days of Future Past the Rogue Cut!

Th Age of Adaline

The Age of AdalineI have always loved Blake Lively, from before she showed up as our main character in Gossip Girl she has been one of my favorite actresses. Getting to see Blake Lively headline a movie, for what seems like in forever, is a treat in and of itself. The Age of Adaline was a beautifully scripted film, her pain from agelessness is something that we can identify with even though it is realistically impossible. That’s a sign of a good script, great director, and an actor who knows how to pull from the material given them to bring a character to life. It’s a process that we don’t always get to glimpse at, but when the finished product is good you know deep down that it all went in the right direction.

Adaline is a young woman, the first birth in 1908, and she grows up as an ordinary person, who marries, has a child, and then dies. It’s the last part, however, that is anything but ordinary. Her death is completely final until a bolt of lightning strikes her car, submerged in water, and does something to her body that will cease the ravages of time, as our narrator put it so eloquently. Unfortunately, being ageless has its drawbacks. While we only see it happen a few times, it’s clear that when someone questions her youth and beauty, which are those of a woman in her twenties when she is supposed to be in her forties, that Adaline finally realizes there is something different about her. It is completely cemented for her when a police officer pulls her over, doesn’t believe her and confiscates her driver’s license. This begins our tale, as Adaline moves to a new place for the first time only to learn her first mistake, always change your name.

Adaline lives decade after decade, changing her name and slightly altering her appearance so that she can go through her seemingly endless life without issue. But as you can imagine, this is a lonely existence for a person, and when you have to go through life watching the ones you love die that loneliness is only emphasized.

This is a dramatic romance, through and through, despite the fantasy elements interlaced with it, it is clear that this movie only uses it to enhance its plot rather than detract from it.

Michiel Huisman plays Ellis, the most recent man to capture Adaline’s affections and the romance that primarily drives the plot of the film. Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, and Amanda Crew are supporting players in this film, and while each has their part they are minor when compared to Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman, as is per use in a romance film.

Snowpiercer

SnowpiercerWhen I wrote about Unstoppable, I’ll admit I thought it was a silly train movie. Possibly the silliest I had ever seen. Then I watched Snowpiercer and, don’t get me wrong, it’s a good, serious movie, but it features some of the same flaws that most apocalyptic films have in spades.

The characters, many of whom were played by well-known actors who are coming up in the world, molding their craft, and starting to branch out into different roles and genres. The special effects were absolutely stunning, bringing to life a beautiful world frozen over while the titular train itself was no pushover in the aesthetics department. The plot was interesting and engaging and, as always, the science doesn’t make any sense (but we can ignore that because it’s a movie). As I said before, Snowpiercer is a good movie and it is a serious one at its core, but while I was watching it, I had this feeling the entire time that it was silly.

All that remains of humanity is on a single train that is in perpetual motion through the frigid wasteland that is Earth. The rich live closest to the engine while the poorer (especially those who didn’t pay to get on the train) live in the back where they are treated abhorrently. In a time when 99.9% of humanity is dead, I absolutely freaking love that social economic status can still dictate the type of life you’ll live… in a train, in a freaking eternal winter for the rest of your life. We are never given any implication that there is any way for one to increase their status, so you’re basically stuck where you paid for, forever. This includes any children you may have, despite them having never had the choice or chance to make a better life for themselves.

It’s flawed but then again it’s a movie and it’s trying to explain a certain philosophy to us. Chris Evans, better known to the world now as Captain America is our main character Curtis (Although, for me, he will always be Jake Wyler – the Jock from Not Another Teen Movie, yeah you know that movie like the back of your heart! Although there was that time he acted alongside Scarlett Johannson, you know the film, The Perfect Score). And while he is the centerpiece of the film, this is just another example as to why a strong supporting cast can make or a break a film. In this case, a lot of the characters lacked substance but were still effective and engaging when you got to see them shine. The subtle emotional nuances between them is what held my attention.

Jamie Bell plays Edgar, Curtis’ second-in-command, and their relationship is the crux of the first half of the film. At times it feels like Edgar idolizes Curtis a lot more than simple hero worship implies, but then again this could have just been me. Other supporting players include Octavia Spencer as Tanya, a mother whose child is taken early on and is the reason she decides to journey through the treacherous train, Tilda Swinton as Mason, the Minister who constantly reminds the people of the tail that they’re worth little more than the shit they eat, Song Kang-ho as Namgoong Minsu, the specialist who designed the security for the train and is the McGuffin the characters are after in the beginning, and Go Ah-sung as Yona, the specialists’ daughter who was born on the train and seems to possess some sort of precognitive ability.

It might be silly, in my humble opinion, but I actually did enjoy it. I do believe that Snowpiercer deserves your attention and appreciation.

Inception

InceptionInception is another movie that I had never seen before. I had heard about it, though, and I found myself just never getting around to it. So I purchased it a couple of weeks ago, procrastinated a bit, and then finally watched it. And boy, was I impressed. Christopher Nolan, sir, half these people I saw in The Dark Knight Rises and hooo boy I see why they were here first.

The basic premise relies on our willing suspension of disbelief (something I’ve touched on briefly in a previous review) there is a chemical compound that allows people to share dreams and the technology to go along with it makes it all work. Now, in this world it is common enough for them to have their own terminology (which we pick up on through the natural flow of conversation rather than an information dump) extractors are people who delve into the dreams of other people and (obviously) extract information from their targets. How common is this? The rich can pay people to help them learn how to subconsciously fight against extractors (with waves of armed men that look like a private military contractor spent a fortune on). This is only the beginning though, our tale takes us further into the world of dreams than the characters are used to.

A dream within a dream is common, apparently, but then comes the extension of a dream within a dream within a dream. Three levels deep is considered dangerous because dying (which normally just makes you wake up one or two levels deep) has a higher chance of sending you to limbo. While this doesn’t seem dangerous at first, each level exponentially raises the time the dream can take (even if our characters only spend a couple of hours at best within the dreams themselves) in limbo you could spend decades or even centuries lost within this dream like reality (which of course makes it addictive).

Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (SQUEE!), Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, and Dileep Rao take us into a complex and strange world that brings us to the height of imagination. It talks of things we all know but simply ignore when it comes to our dreams (how did we get here, why does the structure of our dream suddenly change? How can physics be ignored?)

Inception is an entertaining movie, one that I truly enjoyed. The actors give powerful and, more importantly, believable performances in a movie that is for all intents and purposes science fiction. We don’t need every facet of the plot explained for it to make sense and it leaves it all open and ambiguous enough for any ending to be possible. Welcome to the world of dreams I hope you enjoy your stay.

Insurgent

Insurgent_posterReturn to the world of Factions (because Dystopic YA trilogies ALWAYS need to color code/personality code/social economic status code the hell out of you)!  Tris, Four, Caleb, and Peter have been on the run for five days (but for the rest of us it’s been about a year) from Erudite’s psychotic leader Janine (I guess someone missed the memo that Blonde Vicious Idiot Leaders are a bad idea *cough, cough* Joffrey *cough, cough*. Of course, when you have the power of the media on your hands it tends to work in the BVIL’s favor!

Chicago is once again a wartorn society, but this time we get to see little bit more of the Hufflepuff Houses (Definitely got to shoutout to Screen Junkies on this one!) for Amity and Candor (the other one we didn’t really care about except it gave us Christina). This is where you get to see awesome actors who are making a name for themselves (like Octavia Spencer) and well known actors doing what would generally amount to a cameo but are still greatly appreciated (Daniel Dae Kim, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q). What I’ve come to appreciate from the YA dystopic trilogy phenomenon is how colorful the characters can be, and by characters I mean the supporting cast who I pretty much want to follow through the book (not dissing our main cast but come on, who doesn’t want to see the actual effects that Erudite’s war on the other Factions is having?).

Tris and Four, whose relationship was quite prominent in the first book, is an anchor in this one (always there to ground the story but never the focus). Instead we get to focus on the psychological effects that can come from watching your parents die, being forced to kill your friend, and the fallout that can come from being thrown into what basically amounts to a war (read: not pretty). This is something that is quite similar to The Hunger Games, but one of the elements I actually appreciate, people shouldn’t come out of an experience like Tris has gone through and be fresh as a daisy. There scarred for life, emotionally, physically, and most importantly mentally.

Because we only really get Tris’ perspective (as is in the book) we only scratch the surface on certain details; why does Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer) have scars across her face despite being in the local farming faction that is nothing but sugar and marshmellows? (I’m certain I recall an explanation later, but it still sticks out). Why do certain characters feel the need to betray Tris, and why can’t others understand the position she was put in? Most pressingly, just what are these mysterious connections between certain characters?

As always for a trilogy, a multitude of questions are answered and even more are asked, but that’s why we’re going to shell out at least another twenty bucks to get them (and we better get them!).

Until next time!

Divergent

DivergentDivergent, one of those series that jumped on the bandwagon of adapting a book into a movie franchise entirely devoted to charging you twice for the last piece of a trilogy. Seriously, a trilogy is now a quadrilogy for the sake of making more money off of the people who will go and see it, and you know we will. The only thing worse from this, in my humble opinion, was when The Hobbit was split into a trilogy of its own. But that’s for another day.

Divergent was fun because we were finally treated to a heroine in a YA dystopic series that was decisive (albeit impulsive) in comparison to a lot of other lead characters in this genre. It’s a pleasure to see a (generally) levelheaded main character as we can usually relate to them a little bit more easily. And boy does Tris have the makings for an actual person.

In a world where people are divided by personality type there is a source of contention amongst the people, as one faction believes it should be in charge over the others. It makes you wonder why Ambition wasn’t one of those designated personality traits as Erudite seems to have it in spades while Amity seems to just want to sit back and… farm. Either way the ambitious people in blue start to take control of the murderous people in black to kill the kind and selfless people in beige, because when you sign up for a faction your fashion choices are as limited as your personality!

Since this is the YA section, love is a requirement no matter how much it might impede the much more interesting plot of the story (The Hunger Games being a prime example). Tris’ story is all about finding who she is, because of her Divergent status which means she doesn’t fit into any single Faction or personality type, but this interesting tale of being special in a world of similarity is cast aside for the more important burgeoning love story between Tris and Four (yes, a number is a name these days). Yes the plot does remember itself eventually, and in this movie it’s a little more entertaining because the romance eventually falls to the background. This is when you know you have a good love story, it doesn’t dominate the plot and force itself into every little nook and cranny.

Divergent is a tale of standing out amongst the cookie cutter people who surround you, and that is why this genre is appealing to us as consumers. Everyone wants to be special (and yes, Dash was right, everyone being special means that no one is) but there are a lot of us out there who feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders and being able to identify with a likeable protagonist is a success in and of itself.

Dystopia never looked so good!

 

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter AscendingIt may not have stunned critics and the box office but Jupiter Ascending was a fun movie in my humble opinion (and who doesn’t like looking at Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, Family Guy be damned). The film serves to deliver the most brutal of questions that humanity simple adores to ignore; are we alone in the universe. The sheer arrogance of that is mind numbingly alarming and yet movie after movie asks the question in its own unique way. Others are subtler in their approach but who needs subtlety these days when we can have explosions in space?

Have you ever imagined that your life could be better or that you were meant for greater things? Jupiter, born to a Russian immigrant, has no country as she was born in the ocean (conveniently ignoring that country and citizenship are entirely determined by parentage if location is an issue, but logistics aside it makes for an interesting inner pain and isolation that we can sympathize with). She is a maid who adores the sea of stars and planets above her because her father studied the skies and died trying to protect his telescope (rather than his pregnant wife of course). She cleans the houses of those who have everything while she and at least six (probably more) live in a small cramped house (she, her mother, and whom I assume to be her aunt share a room that could give the divorced husband’s club a run for their money).

Jupiter lives a hard life of mediocrity and unimportance until her cousin (or some other, relationships were quite murky) convinces her to donate some of her eggs for several thousand dollars. It is here where our plot truly grows to epic proportions. Three royals who have inherited planets (dozens apiece from what I recall) are passively aggressively fighting with one another over a specific part of their mother’s will; Earth.

In this universe there is such a thing as a perfectly genetic reincarnation, in other words, someone born with the exact same gene pool as someone who came before them and Jupiter is their mother reincarnate and due the Earth as per her preincarnation’s will. It is around here we meet Channing Tatum, notably lacking sleeves so that his muscles are more prominent.

We are taken across space to view just how primitive our world is compared to that of others, and in the process we learn that they are no better than us. They’re simply exaggerations of who we are and what we could become. Thankfully none of us are lucky enough to own an entire planet, the paperwork alone is ridiculous.

The movie might not have captured the hearts of critics and it may not have made hundreds of millions of dollars, but that doesn’t make it any less fun and entertaining. Simply seeing a movie to enjoy oneself isn’t a crime and Jupiter Ascending is a good movie in its own right.

Had it been released when initially marketed (much like Kingsman and Seventh Son) it might have done better. But even the Dump Months can provide us with awesome visuals and an entertaining adventure.

Cinderella

Cinderella_2015_official_posterRemakes are always a fun example that Hollywood has simply given up on new material, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun and enjoyable at the same time. Cinderella gives an air of elegance to this time honored tale and it is only the most recent addition to the slew of remakes of a tale of a young woman seemingly content with serving awful people. But thankfully this version discarded that nuisance from the tale; I mean how many of you growing up did your chores with a smile and a song? I know I didn’t!

But the magic of Cinderella lies in the Aesop it wants us to learn: don’t ever give up hope. This new version gave us another mantra on top of that, “Have courage and be kind,” and in the end it is this that brings Cinderella fortune and not happenstance. Gone are the days where the Fairy Godmother doles beautiful garments and questionable footwear because a young girl refuses to run away from a clearly abusive home to take her skills and get paid for them. No, here, you have to prove that you should be gifted with the extravagance that you don’t think that you deserve.

Kindness is a concept that we all know but don’t always exercise (I’m looking at you in the red car who just cut me off on the freeway). But another thing that was cast aside, thankfully, was the notion of love at first sight. Granted Kit felt smitten with our lovely Cinderella, but it wasn’t really cemented until that grand entrance that no rendition of Cinderella can ever do without. But between that fateful meeting in the forest and the dance in glass slippers that thankfully didn’t end up like a bad horror flick, they had a couple of weeks to stew in their feelings.

Being captivated by someone and being in love with them are two very different things, and they at least took a couple of moments to get to know one another. You might even say they were friends because Cinderella certainly did.

But this tale isn’t theirs alone, although one could be forgiven for thinking a movie titled Cinderella was only about her (I’m looking at you Sleeping Beauty). The Wicked Stepmother and her two Ugly Stepdaughters are an important feature to this story, and a twist on a bumbling sidekick played out creatively enough for me to enjoy the banter he had with the elegant Lady Tremaine. And of course who could forget Helena Bonham Carter in the one (maybe two) scenes she was in. The transformation is often considered the quintessential scene in Cinderella; from borrowing a mask from a costume store (A Cinderella Story) to Leonardo Da Vinci masterminding the opening of a door (Ever After) and the questionable ethics of Lucinda that border on child endangerment (Ella Enchanted) it is a powerful scene all its own and I think it was handled quite beautifully.

The point isn’t that it followed the same path as those that had come before it, as every rendition does, but that it added its own spin to a classic tell, as every rendition should.