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Warning: content may contain minor spoilers.
Plot & Background
Lily James of Downton Abbey stars as Ella, the mistreated young stepdaughter of the Lady Tremaine [Cate Blanchett]. After the passing on of Ella's father, she is left to cope with Tremaine and her two pretty daughters, becoming a maid and an outcast.
But there is still hope for Ella.
When Ella wishes to escape her life without running away, she takes a ride in the forest, meeting a handsome "apprentice" [Richard Madden] along the way. Not knowing that he is the crown prince, Ella is gifted with magic and attends the royal ball, hoping to see him there.
Having until midnight, Ella flees the ball and finds herself wrapped up in a stomach-churning ordeal; which is more important: love or strength? Or will the prince's marriage provide both?
I absolutely love fairytales, and Cinderella took me on a remarkable journey I will never forget! Plot quite similar to that of the animated version, the concept of the film is entirely different. Instead of based upon pity, Ella's story is based upon courage and kindness.
One of the things I adored about this movie was the strength of Christian values. For example, when Prince Kit and Ella meet in the forest, neither inform the other of who they truly are, but they do not lie about it. Kit informs Ella that he is an apprentice of sorts, learning a type of trade from his father (being a prince and learning how to rule a kingdom), while Ella does not provide much of her story for him, at all.
Another aspect from Cinderella that I appreciated was the message:
"HAVE COURAGE, AND BE KIND!"
Oh, that is such a lovely message! When I first saw the trailer, I found that line neither curious nor intriguing, but rather dull. But after watching the movie, I discovered what a valuable phrase that is! Indescribable, it is something you cannot put into words, but must see for yourself.
My point? Go and see Cinderella -- right this instant! It will shape your understanding of the world around you, and proves that fairytales are so much more than just legends.