… What exactly is it about the new Cinderella remake, starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Richard Madden, that has so many self described feminists in an uproar?
Tiny waists, oppressive fashion, and handsome Princes.
I mean there really was so much to love about the re-make, that I can’t imagine missing it for all the indignation.
Instead of seeing a beautifully done film with stunning visual imagery, they saw corseted waists and beat their breasts. Missing the fresh new dynamic added to an old fairy tale, they completely missed the character development of the Prince, King, and Step-Mother, choosing instead to zero in on Cinderella’s perceived “passivity” and ban their daughters from seeing a love story.
In other words, just like the twisted Step-Mother, all they saw with their cynical world slant was the negative.
What does that even feel like, to be in a state of perpetual offense?
In this retelling we get to see a deep father-son bound built on admiration, mutual respect, and love. It’s nice to see fathers who love and parent their sons, instead of the typical blithering man-boy husband/father that we see so much of in TV and on film.
Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of the wicked step-mother, makes us pity her and feel contemptuous loathing for her pettiness. She’s a sad woman and her character irked my genuine feminine sensibilities the most. She’s the one that needs a man for her survival, not Cinderella. The evil step-mother is the weak, simpering woman in this film and the complete anti-thesis to Cinderella’s strong willed courage and kindness.
In the animated Disney classic, we just see an evil woman. In this remake we see what makes her evil – her weakness and dependence on a husband for her survival. She acknowledges the only way her own daughters will survive is by being successfully married off. None of the step tribe can fend for themselves.
We also see in the step-mother how grief, when nursed with jealously can turn evil compared to grief with Cinderella’s kind heart. Both woman suffered tremendous loss, both woman handled it completely differently. Cinderella’s grief teaches her empathy for other’s suffering. She even forgives her step-mother for all her abuse. That my friends, is true strength of character and a perfect role model for any young girl.
Why is it so hard for feminists to recognize the feminine strength of this new Cinderella?
There’s nothing antiquated or weak about being kind to your enemies and offering forgiveness. It’s a Christian virtue. There is also nothing easy about having courage in the face of adversity and maintaining your human kindness to others despite what circumstances you’re thrown in. Cinderella was strong in a completely feminine and genuine way.
So good ahead, take your daughters, your sons too, and enjoy a marvelously made re-make of an old classic that promotes and encourages even older virtues and morals. I promise, if your kids need therapy later on it won’t be because of this film.