2 out of 5
Little Mermaid sacrifices her life for the sake of the prince. Belle has the power every beauty stylist wanted, the ultimate makeover. While Ella has her remarkably beautiful glass slippers. Practically, the glass slippers are the only exciting things to see in this rather… I must say… bland story.
Since 1990s, Disney’s revived their female characters to be more independent, more vivacious, and surely to not have a damsel-in-distress mentality. Jasmine, Merida and the Frozen sisters have taught girls out there that one’s fate cannot be decided by anybody or bloodlines. Esmeralda taught us living life to the fullest, Mulan taught us honour, Pocahontas taught us trust and love know no boundaries, while Tiana and Alice told us to take a risk and be an entrepreneur. That after she got lost in the Wonderland, Sister!
Ella taught us to be kind, loving and courageous. Well, actually her mother told her that. Perhaps she passed away too soon, before she could add that those things without a struggle is just wishful thinking. And it was such a pity that Gandhi lived in a different era than Ella.
So it baffles me that after spreading messages about girls standing up on their own two feet, Disney’s released a live-action Cinderella with the same ideology with the 1950 animation…. and this is from director Kenneth Branagh.
Perhaps, Lily James should take Downton Abbey’s Lady Rose to Far Far Away so she could give Ella some schooling.