** This is a review I did a long time ago, on the 28th of January 2011, and published in my previous blog "Paint The Sky". But as you did not read this before, I thought I may share my thoughts with you. Pay attention to spoilers, as I shall be telling you about Ella Enchanted **
… I won’t go breaking your heart! :)
If you want an easy and fun movie to watch on a Saturday/Sunday – or any moment and day in which you would be free ;)) – than I would sincerely recommend “Ella Enchanted” – the movie from 2004, with Anne Hathaway.
I know… I know… I am writing about another Cinderella story :) but trust me, this is a really good one: funny and somehow resembling with a musical… queer combination but most enchantingly made :) if I may say so myself :p
***Based on Gail Carson Levine’s award winning novel, this is the story of Ella, a young woman who was given a “gift” of obedience by a fairy named Lucinda. Anything anyone tells her to do, she must obey. When her mother passes away, Ella is cared for by her thoughtless and greedy father who remarries a loathsome woman with two treacherous daughters. This modern-day, fantasy Cinderella features fairies, ogres and elves…as well as a hero in the guise of Prince Charmont, whom Ella falls in love with. Unlike Cinderella though, Ella must depend on herself and her intelligence to get her through her troubles and find Lucinda in order for her “curse” to be broken! Written by M. C. Gomez
Queen song, and indeed one of my favs: “Somebody to love“… and to a great wonder, Anne played it quite nicely!!! :) To the same wedding I had another shock: one of the giants was portrait by Heidi Klum – that also sings at the end of the movie a bit :) I find her presence in this movie as a giant female quite refreshing and idea tumbling, as everyone states giants are awful :)
The Hall of Mirrors somehow remembers me of the story of Snow White and the room her stepmother had… the room for The Mirror…
Of course you will recognize Edgar as the wonderfully dashing Robin Hood from the epic movie “Robin Hood – Man in Tights“. Here, Cary Elwes plays the bad guy – although he does it very very very good I cannot help myself seeing him as Robin ;)) I must admit!!!
Minnie Driver has very short “stage entrances” but she is sparkling each time :) just remember her in “The Phantom of the Opera” if you ever watched it, and you will truly know what I am talking about ;)
The finale is simply adorable, when everyone sings and dances… Now don’t go breaking my heart…
I shall have to think more over the acting that Mr. Hugh Dancy presents us… he is a British actor that promises much :) The first time I had seen him was several years ago… I do think that it was on Hallmark channel. But what I surely know is the fact that he was playing “David Copperfield”… and he played it very nicely… he would be truly fit for some more period movies :) I do have faith in him ;)
A LadyBug In Love :)