6 Scenes We’d Love to See in the New Cinderella
The new Cinderella movie is out March 13, and we’re all wondering how much of an update the Disney live action version really is.
“There's no empowerment message embedded in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, no 'Girls can do anything!' cheerleader vibe,” Stephanie Zacharek wrote in her review of the Cinderella update for The Village Voice.
Zacharek liked that the new live action Disney film is “straight, no-chaser fairy story,” but we still think it might benefit from a 2015 update. The Cinderella story has been around since the beginning of time, and with a few small tweaks, her tale been that much more inspiring to girls today.
The scenes we’d like to see:
1. When the Prince and Cinderella meet in the forest for the first time and he asks if her boss treats her alright, she demurs: “They treat me as well as they’re able,” she says. “It’s not so very bad.” What if she could strike the line between being vulnerable and saying “save me please”? Cinderella doesn’t have to put on a brave face to be a strong woman. She could say, “It’s been a bit of a challenge, but I have hope it will change.” (For more information on being both vulnerable and a badass, see Ann Friedman’s article for NY Mag.)
2. In that same scene, when they meet in the forest, it would be amazing if the Prince didn’t assume Cinderella had lost control of her horse, and instead said something like, “Wow, it’s super impressive you’re riding a horse without a saddle or bridle.” For the non-equestrians out there, Cinderella is a master horsewoman for being able to do that.
3. The fairy godmother sees beyond Cinderella’s immediate (she’s a fairy godmother so that should be possible, right?), and she gives Cinderella her own house with a full pantry in a different part of town, so she can stop being the evil stepmother’s servant.
4. Instead of the goose becoming a coachman, the fairy godmother transforms it into a friend for Cinderella, so she can have a bit of companionship in the cellar and together, they can hatch a plan for Cinderella to escape.
5. After she’s done hanging clothes and sweeping floors per evil stepmother’s requirements, Cinderella picks up a book she’s hidden in the cupboard. It’s a history of adventurous queens and foreign leaders; she imagines what it would be like to help millions of people by running a country magnanimously.
6. Instead of perpetual wistfulness, throughout the movie we see signs that Cinderella is going to make it out of this situation. She’s gathering supplies, she’s asking town folk what it’s like to live elsewhere, and she’s saying affirmations to herself: “I am not my circumstances. I am taking steps to define my fate.”