It’s common for faerytales to have more then one adaption of their story told through film and media. Every couple years, a story is given an updated version using new concepts and techniques to put a different spin on the story. Disney has recently gone through a new concept of bring their animated films to life. One that received low praise by the critics was Cinderella. The movie was compared to another live-action film Ever After, which was another take on the story of the servant girl becoming a princess.
The Live-action version tells of Ella. Played by Lily James. who made a promise to her mother to be kind and have courage before her passing. Her father remarries Lady Tremaine, played byCate Blanchett, who had two daughters of her own Drisella, played by Sophie McShera and Anastasia, played by Holliday Grainger. Ella’s father goes on a voyage allowing Lady Tremaine to take over the home showing her true nature.
After her father’s death on the trip Ella is turned into the house maid to save the family money and is moved into the attic. Ella is called Cinderella due to the cinders on her face from trying to stay warm at night. Hurt by her family teasing she rides off into the wood where she meets Kit. After their brief meeting the Prince, played by Richard Madden attends the royal ball hoping to catch Ella there.
Many believe that the film Ever After by 20th Century Fox, is the true story of The Cinder Girl by The Brothers’ Grimm, who based their own version of the story on. The story tells the tale of Grande Dame who tells the story of her ancestor to the brother’s.
Ever After focuses on Danielle, played by Drew Barrymore, the daughter of a wealthy landowner who married Rodmilia, played by Amjelica Huston, who had two daughters of her own after losing his previous wife due to a heart attack. The trio turns on Danielle forcing her to be their servant. While pretending to be a lady to save a servant she meets Prince Henry, played by Dougray Scott. Through secret meeting the two fall in love and meet at the masquerade ball thrown for the prince.
Both films tell the same tale but in different ways. The live-action version of Cinderella tells of a girl who is meek not daring to defy the situation she’s in and yet in the end still ends up with the prince. I would give the film a four out of ten rating, as the live-action explains more of the story and gives the prince more character, but it makes Ella seem dull in comparison. She is given her happily ever after instead of trying to fight for it.
Ever After on the other hand, shows Danielle as being independent she gains her freedom not needing a prince to come save her. Her skills in freeing a servant is what gains Henry’s attention in the first place. I would give the film a eight out of ten rating, as the film shows that Danielle was raised to speak her mind and to go for her heart desires despite the risks and consequences.
Furthermore, it’s clear that Disney’s intentions are to remake their classic films to fill in the plot holes and make the material more suitable for children of the modern era. However, the problem with editing a story or script is that new mistakes are created. 20th Century Fox made their film for a mature audience, using the darker themes and not sticking to the ideal damsel in distress. Both tell a different version of how Ella would deal with her life problems if she was real. Showing that even in real life there’s a chance of our dreams coming true.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read,