Ever After: A Cinderella Story (2001)

A new reimagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella appears today as the DailyView continues. Ever After: A Cinderella Story was on Disney + and retold the Cinderella story with some more realistic tendencies.

Of course, they included Leonardo Da Vinci (Patrick Godfrey) in the story too.

We see the background of how Danielle (Drew Barrymore) wound up a servant to her step-mother The Baroness (Anjelica Huston) when her father suffered a tragic fate. Danielle worked for the Baroness and her two daughters, the wicked Marguerite (Megan Dodds) and the soft spoken Jacqueline (Melanie Lynskey) at her father’s home.

A chance meeting between Danielle and the rebellious Prince Henry (Dougray Scott) set them up as an unlikely couple. Danielle pretended to be of wealthy and royalty, hiding the truth about her life.

When Prince Henry’s father (Timothy West) had an arranged marriage for him, Prince Henry revolted. The King gave him five days in which to find someone he loved or else the King would make the choice for him. He announced a Ball where Prince Henry would reveal his choice.

Meanwhile, the wicked step-mother, Baroness plotted on ways to make that choice be Marguerite.

I enjoyed this version of the classic tale. The story removed all of the fantastical elements such as the Fairy Godmother, the magical pumpkin coach and the changing back at the stroke of midnight and made it a more realistic take on the story, which was welcome.

Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott made a wonderful pair, their chemistry was undeniable. The film spent some time with the pair together, giving us reasons to believe that they were in love besides just love at first site. And the movie made Danielle highly capable, specifically showing how she could take care of herself and not just be a damsel in distress.

Danielle reminded me of Belle from the Beauty and the Beast movies. Her intelligence, love of books and rebuke of those who she sees as fools match right along with the Disney Princess.

In a story that had been told many times, it was nice to have the chance to see how it could be changed up. While it remained familiar, the story had many new bits and helped make it more timely and continued to be full of romance.

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