Film Box Retrospective: ‘Ever After: A Cinderella Story’ with Kathleen Ellison

April 11, 2013

I love fairy tales, so I jump at any opportunity to watch movie versions of them. One of my favorite movies about fairy tales though is this 1998 romance directed by Andy Tennant and starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Megan Dodds and Melanie Lynskey. This enchanting movie spins new life and passion into the classic tale of Cinderella.

When Danielle’s (Barrymore) father dies suddenly, she becomes a servant to her new stepmother (Huston) and her two stepsisters, Marguerite (Dodds) and Jacqueline (Lynskey). Despite everything Danielle grows up strong-willed and intelligent, and when her path crosses with the troubled Prince Henry (Scott) he quickly falls for her.

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella so the general plot is obviously predictable. This is really made up though with the amazing characters and the gorgeous costumes. The characters are so vivid and the way they interact really fleshes out the plot. The relationship between Huston’s character and Barrymore’s is emotional and tense and just really tugs at your heartstrings, especially at the incredibly emotional death of Danielle’s father.

Drew Barrymore is excellent in her portrayal of Danielle. I loved her character and how independent and unafraid she was. Huston was brilliant, I loved how she managed to make you hate and feel for her character. I also really enjoyed the stepsisters. Marguerite was terrible; it was so much fun just hating her, while Jacqueline was sweet and funny.

This is a beautiful feel-good movie. It was funny, sweet, and emotional. The vivid characters create an amazing tale out of a simple plot. If anything watch it for at least the dazzling costumes in it, especially the magnificent masquerade scene. This movie is the best interpretation of the classic story of Cinderella that I have ever seen.

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