So let’s just start out with my overall rating of this movie; a solid 7 out of 10.
I was overall very pleased with this remake of one of my favorite Disney princesses and it didn’t receive higher marks not because it was awful in some areas, but because it was lacking in others. Let me explain what I mean by 7 out of 10.
To begin with, Cate Blanchet, the evil Step Mother, absolutely stole the entire movie. For the first time we receive some background, character development for her character and I loved the way my hatred for her grew as the movie progressed. Honestly, she was truly phenomenal. It was the fact that she stole the show and not the actress who played Cinderella that is a problematic point for me.
Don’t get me wrong, Lily James, did a splendid job and the script behind her was perfect, but there was nothing stupendous about her performance. She did a brilliant job of portraying such an iconically “perfect” princess, but in this remake I didn’t feel like there was enough contrast between the original view of the character (that is who we all know as Cinderella) and the remade version of her (this movie). I enjoyed her performance nonetheless and I think she is a marvelous actress, but I suppose I wish the new writers had given us another dimension of her character.
For example, in Maleficient, we truly liked Maleficient by the end in comparison to the original version where we hated her. I wish I could have been able to think about Cinderella a little more complexly afterwards like I was forced to in the case of Maleficient.
Continuing on, Richard Madden, or Prince Kit, was fantastic. He had such a cute, dorky smile on throughout the whole film that made it practically impossible not to fall in love with him too.
The script overall kept very true to the original plot, themes, and motifs and nicely integrated the iconic songs of Cinderella into the script without it becoming a musical. Again, nicely well done.
The special effects were insane. My mind was fucking blown during the transformation scene when Helena Bottom Carter (the fairy godmother) was granting all of Cinderella’s wishes. A beautiful scene with excellent editing, costuming, special effects, and lighting. I couldn’t help but smile as I watched the exemplary scene take place that once transfixed my younger mind when I watched the cartoon.
Honestly, my No One, it was such a great film. If you get the chance, I highly recommend you go and see it, it isn’t just for kids.
I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and I’m a big shoe girl.
Honestly, this year’s Oscars were very difficult for me to watch, for a multitude of reasons.
1. The lack of racial diversity
I know I am not a person of color, but as a feminist I couldn’t help but feel outraged by the lack of our beautiful brothers and sister of color at such a distinguished event. It really fucking pissed me off.
2. I really haven’t seen most of the movies because of the Internet.
No, I’m not spending all of my time here, on the Internet (although I’d like to). But since I don’t watch T.V. anymore because Internet content is more entertaining to me and toward my age range, I hadn’t even fucking heard of some of the movies up for awards!
American Sniper- I couldn’t watch it because it’s triggering for me, but I honestly only heard of it because of my parents who wanted to see it because of the ads of T.V.
Birdman- Never even fucking heard of it.
Boyhood- Saw it because it was recommended on RedBox when I visited my local 711.
The Grand Budapest Hotel- I watched because it was available on my flight to Europe, but I didn’t watch it at the time (I didn’t have enough time to watch it) so I watched it at the next possible chance that I had. Here’s my review of it btw https://hafletcher9718.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/the-grand-budapest-hotel-movie-review/
The Imitation Game- I’ve heard of it because it stars Benedict Cumberbatch who essentially rules tumblr.com alongside of Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins. But I honestly hadn’t seen any actually trailers or previews until I became interested in it because of tumblr’s hype.
Selma- Hadn’t heard about it until a few days before Martin Luther King Junior Day when it popped up onto my Facebook news feed.
The Theory of Everything- I saw a trailer for it when I went and saw Into the Woods and got excited, but after that I haven’t really seen anything.
Whiplash- Literally no idea. What even is this movie and why was it nominated so many times?
I just want to understand why marketing and advertisements continue to completely ignore the Internet and instead cater to conventional entertainment sources. Don’t they understand that there is hundreds of millions of people online everyday that aren’t seeing these movies or shows because we don’t even receive news that these things are happening!
Just my thoughts. Share your thoughts with me please, No One, and make me feel less alone for not knowing what the fuck is actually going on.
So guess what? IT’S HALLOWEEN. As if you didn’t already know that from social media and well your general calender.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, if not my favorite.
I love the spookiness of it all, the little kids running around being their dreams, the color scheme of black and orange and pinstrips, the chill in the air.
Halloween is one of the few days that everyone and I mean EVERYONE gets to cosplay as the person or character they love.
Right now I’m not elegantly dressed up because, yes, I didn’t want to be looked at funny at school. There’s a large chunk of people dressed up today at SDSU, but just not enough to make me feel comfortable. However, I am dressed in Halloween-y attire. As in, I’m wearing one of my favorite little black dresses, sparkly ballet flats, black and white pinstrip bow, and a bright orange jacket. I’m one of those professional Halloween-ers.
Tonight I am going to two Halloween parties and I’m going as a twenties flapper (BECAUSE FEMINISM) and I can’t tell you how fucking pumped I am for that.
And goddammit I feel pretty damn cute right now too which makes me also excited and happy and just AGH HALLOWEEN!
I sincerely hope your Halloween is going well and if it is not I’m going to leave my favorite Halloween/ spooky movies below for you to enjoy and get you feeling more Halloween-y.
- Rocky Horror Picture Show (definitely if you’re into being confused, delighted, and sung to)
- Nightmare Before Christmas (because everyone needs more Jack Skellington)
- Hocus Pocus (it’s a classic so don’t even)
- Halloween Town (throwback to classic Disney live action movies)
- It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (I mean, really)
- Poltergeist (supa scawy)