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Thoughts During Movies: Cinderella


I just got out of seeing Cinderella in IMAX, and boy do I have some thoughts. Time for another “Thoughts During Movies” segment. For those unaware, I tend to have a lot of random tidbits I think about during Disney films, and instead of a regular review, I give you my stream of consciousness to show you how the movie was for me. If that didn’t make any sense…just read below and you’ll get the gist.

  • My dad coming home would be enough…an origami butterfly is just a waste of paper.
  • Lavender Blue?! I only know the Burl Ives version (especially when sung by Ashley Brown! #OnTheRecord), but this is just charming!
  • Hayley Atwell and Lily James look amazingly alike. Are we sure they aren’t related?
  • Oscar for the Costume and Hair/Make-Up. Now. I don’t have any right to hand those out, but here ya go. Exquisite.
  • This makes me, once again, angry that when a Disney film has a “regal” quality, they only make special merchandise and amazing themed clothing for women. I would like a line of Prince, or hell, Cinderella, inspired clothes and shoes and WHATEVER! I would spend hundreds of dollars…COME ON DISNEY! Rant over.

  • SHE HATES HER DAUGHTERS TOO! At least we can all agree on SOMETHING.
  • Really enjoyed how they allowed them to meet in the woods, nice addition to the story.
  • The cuckoo clock sound in the distance is a fantastic little add-on to the scene.
  • The goose motif has no real purpose.
  • Is it bad I agree with Lady Tremaine? That pink dress is kind of ugly.
  • Helena Bonham Carter, please narrate my life story.
  • “Hairy Dog Father” is my new favorite phrase.
  • The quick gag of Ella holding the Fairy Godmother’s wand is hysterical and amazing.
  • “I can’t drive; I’m a goose” is my new favorite phrase.
  • As they were announcing the princesses as they entered the ballroom, I really was hoping to hear “Introducing: Princess Mia of Genovia!”
  • The way Ella walks into that ballroom and everyone looks at her is remarkable. I would’ve been crying of stage fright, then running down the stairs to avoid eye contact.
  • Tremaine becoming a stage mom from Toddlers and Tiaras was completely involuntary, but absolutely amazing.
  • This score is remarkable, one of those that I could listen to whilst doing homework, walking outside, knitting a scarf out of alpaca hair, etc.
  • It’s my Secret Garden
  • Kenneth Branagh, please direct my dreams.
  • I would and could argue that Cate Blanchett deserves an Oscar nomination for her exceptional work in this movie.
  • She is now inside a pumpkin…that is the stuff of nightmares.
  • They are almost TOO beautiful, hopefully this makes them huge stars.
  • Tremaine sitting in the back of the attic is rather frightening and simultaneously stunning.
  • The mice save the day. I repeat: THE MICE SAVE THE DAY?!
  • His eyes match her dress. I CAN’T EVEN!
  • And they lived happily ever after…until a really bad pop song played in the credits. HAVE LILY JAMES’ “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” PLAY FIRST!

Overall, this film took my breath away. It was a gorgeous epic spectacle with amazing performances, extraordinary chemistry and less mice (which makes me kind-of-sort-of hate the animated classic). Be sure to see this film ASAP, and if possible, in IMAX.