if anyone saw my first post after i realized i could still log in to my blog about how i basically gave up on tumblr for like a year ,u might’ve seen this piece with a bunch of others all dumped together. i thought it would be better to post them separately instead
Classic Disney princess films have portrayed love in the same nature since the Prince woke Snow White up with true love’s kiss. However, with feminist ideas becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s society, Disney has begun putting out films that mirror those ideals.
The 2015 live action adaptation of Cinderella steps out of the traditional Disney formula and shows love in an updated light for the modern era. While it still has elements of the classic film like Cinderella losing her glass slipper at the ball and the Prince finding her by having women all throughout the kingdom try it on, this version possesses much more depth. Cinderella, portrayed by Downton Abbey’s Lily James, and Prince Kit played by Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame, breathe new life into characters who have been stereotyped for so long.
As far as the title character herself, James brings something special to Cinderella that other portrayals of her have lacked. Her Cinderella has true compassion and doesn’t whine about her situation, but faces it head on and continues to go through it with humility and grace. This version of the classic fairytale does a great job of giving much more of Cinderella’s backstory, which sets it far apart from the original. Her formidable years are shown, giving insight into why she is the type of person she is. She doesn’t lash out at the cruel people in her life and it is because of how her mother and father raised her. At the beginning of the film, her mother tells her, “I have to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. Have courage and be kind.” This is the mantra that Cinderella lives by and is the basis for the entire film.
One of the greatest strengths of this film is that it doesn’t portray Cinderella as a damsel in distress. She and Kit, regardless of social status, are equals. He isn’t rescuing her and she isn’t arm candy. In the past, Disney has portrayed a type of love that can leave their young audience believing that this is the way love should be, not just one of many options. However, in this case, Disney does a great job of stepping out of the traditional love-at-first-sight, true-love’s-kiss, guy-sweeps-girl-off-her-feet type of romance, showing a type of love that seems much more natural and authentic. Their love happens in stages, with the foundation for their relationship being put in place well before the ball, only adding further to the more realistic feel.
If you were to show only one of the Cinderella adaptations to young girls, it should be this one. It promotes female strength, shows how a woman could be a well-rounded, multi-faceted individual while still having love in her life, and that wanting love doesn’t correlate to being weak. This mirrors the traits of other recent strong female leads like The Hunger Games’s Katniss Everdeen and Divergent’s Tris Prior, however, Cinderella would be a much more appropriate alternative to show young girls what strong women can look like as it is free of violence. This film shows how a woman doesn’t have to be one thing and one thing only. She can be both courageous and kind and one doesn’t have to cancel out the other.
The characters in this Cinderella update feel real, as if they are out there in the world somewhere living their lives. While it’s a fairytale, it isn’t as farfetched as the original cartoon and the message is completely different. It isn’t about a damsel in distress finding a prince to rescue her, but how with courage and kindness the damsel can rescue herself. The prince is just a nice bonus.
((Today in “I got WIR merch that very few people in America are likely to have” (or at the very least I can’t find anything on the internet about it or its box, even though I’m sure other people have it XP): Interchangeable screwdriver with level and light, dubbed the “Fix-It Felix Jr. Fix-It Kit”… and Cast Member exclusive from Disney Store.
My old roommate works for the Disney Store and either got this herself or from a friend–can’t remember even though she only gave it to me three hours ago!
“If Ming-Na doesn’t play Mulan in the Disney live action movie I’m gonna riot.”
If y’all age-blind dumbasses don’t stop petitioning for a woman in her 50s to play a fucking teenager instead of letting a young unknown Asian actress get a jumpstart to her career by being in a big Disney film then I’m gonna fucking riot.
Ming. Na. Is. Too. Damn. Old.
That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Yeah, she’s in great shape, but in no way does she look anywhere near young enough to play a teenager. Yeah, she voiced her in her 30s, but voices are a whole different story. Give a younger actress a chance jfc
“You’re too old for Disney”…. “You can’t work for Disney you’re whole life”… “working for Disney isn’t a real job”… Are all probably things you’ve heard from people at some point… Meet Richard, he’s 89 years old but doesn’t act a day over 12. It sure doesn’t look to me like he regrets his decision to ignore those people. And you guys shouldn’t either…