Cinderella in Review

24 Mar

Do you believe in Fairytales?



Two weekends ago I went to the cinema with my youngest niece, Samantha. I was dying to see the movie ‘Cinderella’ and I thought she might enjoy it too. Well, actually I was crossing my fingers and saying a little prayer that she might enjoy it. You see my niece Samantha is a 14 yr. old (going on 25), an intellectual and somewhat of a tomboy. So I crossed my fingers and toes, picked her up, and we went to see the movie.

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This Disney classic is masterly retold in a film that is imaginative, delightful, and amazing. Kenneth Branagh, the director, deserves a standing ovation for making this story, that we all know by heart, feel fresh and new.

A round of applause to Lucy Bevan, casting director, for choosing an incredible cast. The cast and the individuals performances are pitch perfect. Cate Blanchett fully embraces her role as the conniving and wicked Stepmother. Richard Madden (of Game of Thrones fame) is a ridiculously charming Prince. Lily James, most known from her role on Downton Abbey, is wonderful as Cinderella. Other well-known actors round out the cast: Derek Jacobi, Stellen Skarsgard, Helena Bonham Carter (one of my favorites), Nonso Anozie, and Hayley Atwell.

Everything about the film is visually stunning––from the sets to the costumes to the actors––and being a courageous, kind person is a constant theme.

This is a great movie for parents (or aunties) to see with their kids––girls or boys. Both my niece and I enjoyed the movie very much and talked about it all the way home.

To go with my ‘Cinderella Movie’ review I’m going to share a beautiful poem by the award winning poet Jan Allison. You’ve read some of her haiku here on Haiku Friday. She’s very talented.

The Belle of the Ball

by Jan Allison

My dress is made of fine peach coloured* lace
Hair is in ringlets, which frames my pretty face
The lights in the room cast a romantic glow
My first ever ball; I must go with the flow

The orchestra strikes up a wonderful tune
Ladies and gentlemen glide round the room
I stand on the sidelines I am oh so very shy
Then a dashing young man catches my eye

I smile at him, then I coyly avert my eyes
I find him so handsome; that I cannot disguise
He reaches tenderly for my awaiting hand
We move to the dance floor; oh it is so grand

His arm wrapped around my tiny waist
We dance to the music, there is no haste
So full of excitement at the hope of romance
I float round the room at my very first dance

At the end of the dance he bows down low
My heart is aflutter I hope this does not show
He leads me gently to the side of the room
Sweet roses enchant us, we smell their perfume

Time flies by so fast and we dance all night
He looks in my green eyes and to my delight
Whispers so gently those words I long to hear
You simply are the belle of the ball my dear

He reaches out gently and kisses my hand
My first ever ball has been oh so grand
Sadly now it is time for me to depart
I bid adieu to the man who has stolen my heart


What’s your favorite Fairytale? What Fairytale character would you say most resembles you in character or appearance?


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32 Responses to “Cinderella in Review”

  1. barrira March 24, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Interesting review 🙂
    My favourite fairy tale would be ugly duckling for it stands out among most of the fairy tales out there with its different take on beauty and the lesson it teaches 🙂
    Don’t think I can relate to any character though..


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi! Thank you! Yes, the ugly duckling is a sweet tale and it does stand out in my mind. I remember feeling relieved as a child when I heard this story because I felt like an ugly duckling. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • barrira March 24, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

        Hey no, you’re beautiful ya and let nobody ever make you feel differently for afterall you are a world within you ❤

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

        Aww. Thank you. As a woman I am much more secure about myself but it took a while. 🙂 xx

        Liked by 1 person

  2. mihrank March 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Great and brilliant -I do believe in fairy tales, they create a drama of novel to enjoy the deep of the story!

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  3. Rebecca March 24, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    My daughter is 14 going on 30. Very mature, doesn’t like girly things (fufu frilly things) especially fashion magazines because all the girls are bean poles. We are due for dinner mother/daughter time. Would this be a good movie?


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

      My niece is similar to your daughter and yet she enjoyed the movie. It’s a visually beautiful movie and the special effects are done well. Also, I didn’t find it so cartoony like some of the other Cinderella movies and there are some good lessons to be learned. I’d give it a shot. 😀


  4. olganm March 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    I’ve heard very good things about this movie and now you’ve convinced me I must go. I love fairy tales. Probably Beauty and the Beast for me but I like many. Thanks Vashti


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

      I love fairytales too, Olga! I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Let me know how you like it.


  5. aranislandgirl March 24, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    Great to hear it was a winner. I will be taking my two daughters and a niece in a couple of weeks. They are also anxious for the ‘Frozen’ mini movie that is part of the trailers.


  6. whosaprettygirl March 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    Cinderella was, is, and always will be my favorite princess. 😊


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

      Then you’ll definitely love the movie––it’s enchanting. Since you’re fashion savvy I’m sure you’ll love the magnificent dress she wore in the movie. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  7. JESS44903 March 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

    I really need to see this. 🙂

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  8. chroncont March 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

    I loved your post about the movie. Now I really want to see it. Thanks for sharing your review at Together on Tuesdays 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

      Hi Lisa! Thank you Lisa! You should go see it. I had a great time. It was my pleasure attending your party. 😀


  9. Jet Eliot March 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    Sounds like a great movie and a top-notch cast. Thank you for the review Vashti. 😃

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  10. Francine Rose Hirst March 25, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Ooh, I must see the movie, with or without a young person in tow. The poem is beautiful too. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 26, 2015 at 11:14 am #

      That’s right! It isn’t necessary to bring a kid along. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. 😀


  11. Dave Goodlove March 26, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    I’ve also wanted to see Cinderella! Looks so good! Thanks for sharing your insights, Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 26, 2015 at 11:12 am #

      You’re such a cool guy, Dave! I think you would enjoy it. I didn’t find it mushy and the acting was superb. 😀


  12. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin March 26, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Great review … A lovely poem. I saw it on Wednesday Vashti and agree it was magical. They had a ladies night at the cinema, Chicks at the Flicks 😃 it was fun x

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the movie, Yolanda! I know of several men who’ve enjoyed the movie also. 😉


  13. Jan Allison March 26, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Wow the film looks awesome Vashti – your review has brought it to life before my e=very eyes.I was amazed see my Belle of the Ball poem on your page – oh wow I am overjoyed – I wrote it for an online contest and was so so proud to get a first place for it – it is one of my own personal favourite poems. Jan xx


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 27, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      Hi Jan! You deserved that 1st prize for this poem. When I read it I loved it and couldn’t resist placing it here because it went so well and since you told me I could feature your poems I was thrilled. Thank you! 😀


  14. Janice Wald April 22, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    Your poem is beautiful! Thank you so much for the blog follow!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

      Hi Janice! Thank you. It was my pleasure. Looking forward to reading your posts. 😀


  15. Janice Wald April 23, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    Thank you for the help on Twitter today. I couldn’t think of my favorite fairy tale, but I loved Disney’s Little Mermaid. I hope that counts.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 24, 2015 at 11:13 am #

      Of course it counts, Janice. I love the little mermaid too. And you’re welcome. 🙂


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