1. I enjoyed this movie!  I didn’t LOVE it, probably because I really enjoy twists and creative reimagining, so the straightforward telling of the fairy tale as-is was a little dull to me.  I also wished for the gracious forgiveness Cinderella extends to her stepsisters and stepmother in some of the original tales.  This one ended with her amused vindication, which didn’t seem to sit with her kindness through the rest of the movie.  But I loved the messages of “have courage and be kind,” the well-written characters, the fantastical elements, and the realness of the stepmother especially.  That is a great point, that they helped us understand her while still portraying her as evil…that’s so rare in movies nowadays, where filmmakers are inclined to paint villains as misunderstood victims.

What do you think?