Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Producer: 
Mireille Soria, Tracey Trench
Director: 
Andy Tennant
Starring: 
Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Jeanne Moreau
Screenplay: 
Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, Rick Parks
Music By: 
George Fenton
Distributor: 
Twentieth Century Fox
Length in minutes: 
100
MPAA Rating: 
PG
ASIN: 
6305265488
Publication Date: 
1998
List Price: 
14.98
Short Review: 
Set in 16th century France, this elegant re-imagining of the classic romantic tale features Drew Barrymore as much more than a stock fairy tale beauty. An old-fashioned romance with a decidedly contemporary air.
Long Review: 

Granting an audience to the Brothers Grimm following the publication of their recent collection of fairy stories, the Queen of France wants to discuss the story of the little cinder girl – in fact, she wants to set the record straight. So begins this retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. Though set in the 16th century and filmed on location in the French countryside, this re-imagining has a decidedly contemporary air. This is most evident in the main character, Danielle (also called Cinder-soot by her evil stepsister), played winningly by Drew Barrymore, not as a stock fairy tale beauty, but as a more multi-dimensional character – a resourceful, brave, independent, intellectual and caring young woman. In a nice twist, she actually ends up serving as a role model for the prince (played with hapless charm by Dougray Scott), who strives to follow her example and, of course, can’t help but fall in love with her. And yes, the cruel and grasping stepmother is there, played with aplomb and a deft comic touch by the great Anjelica Huston. Though this retelling is enchanting, there is no magic involved, except the magic of kindness and love. In the get-me-to-the-ball-in-time scene, no fairy godmother appears to help Danielle. Rather, she is aided by the artist-in-residence at the French court – none other than Leonardo da Vinci! Sounds crazy, but it works!

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer
Rating: 
4
Miscellaneous: 
Production Company ?? Is it also Twentieth Century Fox? ISBN?? Also available on DVD . Use different word than "elegant" in short review??
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