6 Reasons to Love the New Cinderella Adaptation

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Every once in a while, a family-friendly film comes out that makes us so happy to have children. It gives us a reason to watch the film or series over and over, and continue watching even after they’ve fallen asleep (in my case, twice already).  

6 Reasons to Love the New Cinderella AdaptationThe latest Cinderella adaptation on Amazon Prime featuring Camila Cabello is the perfect Sunday evening program. Here are six reasons to love it:

  1. Camila Cabello as Cinderella. Not only is Cabello beautiful and full of talent, but she is also so utterly relatable to most young women and, she is likable. We can also believe that she is actually singing – because she is Camila Cabello.
  2. The Music. The highlight of this is the remake of pop tunes like “Am I Wrong?” by Nico and Vinz, “Someone to Love” by Queen – in which the cast sings a respectable rendition. There are also originals cleverly sung by the town crier – artist and rapper Ben Bailey Smith – who narrates what is happening throughout the tale.
  3. The Styling. Gorgeous and thought-out the costumes, styling, and casting definitely take the “period pieces” concept to a heightened level, in one instance – the gold ornamentation painted on the bare head of a background dancer.
  4. The Timeliness. New productions have understandably been put on hold over the last 18 or so months – so the release of Cinderella gives us a glimmer of magic, hope, escapism, and a bit of fantasy that we all need in these times.
  5. The Message. I’ve often thought of what a disservice it is to young girls (and boys) who are taught that “happily ever after” is contingent on being rescued by a prince who will save the day. This adaptation is clearly aiming at being “woke” without being too PC. Spoiler alert: the protagonist realizes she doesn’t need to marry the prince for her happily ever after.
  6. There’s No Villain. There are moments where we deplore the cruelty of Vivian, the Wicked Stepmother (played by Idina Menzel) but then she’s offered the opportunity to redeem herself by sharing a personal story of her missed opportunities and the fact that she’s just trying to do right for her own children.

Have you seen the new Cinderella? Tell us your thoughts!

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Dana is a working mom of two active boys, ages 4 and 8. She was born in Tel Aviv and raised in Atlanta. She works as the PR/Marketing Director for the Israel Ministry of Tourism (Southern Region), where she promotes tourism to Israel.  With a background in journalism, she spent 12 years chasing deadlines as a news and documentary producer, writer, international news desk editor, and web editor.  After the birth of her first child, it became obvious she was not going to be the next Katie Couric or Christiane Amanpour. She was still dedicated, but the only thing gained from the grueling weekend and overnight shifts was a case of gastritis. She remembers being "so busy" she could not step away for lunch/dinner/breakfast and would have to shove the food down while hovering over her computer. The disgusting crumbs piling up in the keyboard were hers. As luck would have it, another round of layoffs was near and she seized the opportunity (having survived a few layoffs before). Several months into her severance she was fortunate to find a job in PR and Communications, promoting a subject that felt like a natural fit.   The most important lesson she's learned since becoming a mom is: NEVER say never. "I will NEVER shop at Costco, drive a car with a carpool number, become a 'soccer' mom, live near my parents in a house in the suburbs."  She now does all those things and more she never thought she would with the utmost feeling of gratitude. 

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