Completely Charming October 25, 2001
This movie floats like a rainbow in the sky sprinkled with fairy
dust. It is the most visually stunning, spectacular feast for
the eyes I have ever seen. The messages are wonderful and
wholesome, the plot perfect and the singing...magical. I can't
find one single thing wrong with this movie.
Brandy brings a sweet innocence to Cinderella, and in my
mind, she is the most beautiful Cinderella ever. Her voice lacks
a certain maturity, which was perfect for the role. It breathes
innocence and a human spirit into Cinderella like never before.
She is sweet, mysterious and very feminine. She presents women
in a very positive way.
When Cinderella and the Prince meet in the market, you just
can't imagine it happened any other way. Paolo Montalban:
wow...he is the perfect prince and so handsome. I was so
impressed with his voice. When Brandy and Paolo sang together it
gave me shivers and one time almost made me cry. It was like two
souls mingling in the sky with longing. The choreography was
stunningly original. The scenes in the market with all the food
will just delight every cook.
The story starts in a market with Cinderella and her two
sisters shopping. She meets the Prince, and is then told not to
talk to him and is whisked home. Almost immediately, plans are
being made for a Royal Ball to find the prince a wife so he can
produce an heir for the kingdom. Whoopi Goldberg is hilarious as
the Queen, and Victor Garber comes across as a loving father who
wants the best for his son. I was amazed when the King and Queen
were actually in love, which was not the case in other movies.
As in all the Cinderella stories, Cinderella is left at home
and then when she wishes to go to the Ball, the fairy godmother
Whitney Houston plays a fairy godmother just as you would
imagine her to be, ethereally floating next to the horses and
carriage, sparkling, singing...wow, what more could you ask for.
It was amazing. Then, the humor was also there as she tries at
first to turn the pumpkin into a carriage and fails on the first
try. She mumbles something about how she should be able to do
this after 600 years of practice. What she does with a pumpkin,
well...baby, get ready. This woman can cook! She turns the
pumpkin into the most stunning carriage. The pastel blue dress
Brandy wears is simply gorgeous.
When Cinderella arrives at the ball, her sisters have already
had their chance to um, impress the prince and have failed. The
costumes and sets are so incredibly gorgeous and the ballroom
dancing almost makes you dizzy because they keep spinning and
spinning and spinning. There is a scene at the ball that will
make you laugh out loud when her sister is on the staircase. Oh,
my that was funny.
Cinderella of course makes it to the end of the stairs at
midnight as her beautiful gown changes back to her regular
clothes and she loses her glass slipper. When she gets home,
more fun awaits. Her sisters are very suspicious of how much she
knows about the ball. One of the funny things is that Bernadette
Peters looks younger than one of her daughters, but still
manages to pull off the step mother act with great flair. We
cannot say the same for her daughters. They are quite funny and
bumbling, just as we want them to be.
When Cinderealla's stepmother says something about
remembering to hide flaws until after the wedding, Cinderella
comments as to how a man should love a woman for who she is. A
great message to women who sometimes try to be all things to men
and fail to find true happiness in being just who they are.
I've always adored the story of Cinderella, and the fact that
in this adaptation Cinderella is African American was
delightful. Anyone who says Brandy can't act is really lying.
She brings a wonderful spirit to this movie and does a wonderful
job, she is a much better actor than eighty percent of the
actors in movies today. The warmth she pours into this story is
so needed in our world today.
I am literally SHOCKED at the poor reviews this movie has
received. I have never seen anything this beautiful and
heartwarming in my life! This is now my favorite version of
Cinderella besides Ever After, which also makes Cinderella so
much more human. They are both on my list of favorite movies.
The message of having a wish and then making it come true
shows that everything starts with a wish. This message of hope
and eternal optimism is so needed in society today. The
multicultural actors added so much to the story; and it sends a
You will totally fall in love with this movie!
If you love new versions of Cinderella,
I think you may also enjoy:
Once Upon a Mattress
Extravagantly Nonsensical, April 16, 2006
"I want some happily ever after to happen to me."
Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett acting in the same movie seems
to create an especially hilarious comedic chemistry. Based on
the hit Broadway show from the 50s, this retelling of the
"Princess and the Pea" is a delicious dance through
The castle set is magical and filled with cherry trees, roses
trailing over the tower walls and dreamy moonscapes viewed from
the top of the castle. The cinematography is especially clever,
causing even scenes that would be a normal interaction to
suddenly turn into an occasion for laughter. The camera angles
are very creative.
Tracey Ullman plays Princess Winnifred and her physical comedy
is filled with a mixture of childlike wonder and adult comedy.
She alternates effortlessly between gazing at the moon and
dancing in complex choreographed sessions that show a high sense
of artistic precision. Candles throughout the set create an
appealing romantic mood. The sets and especially brilliantly
designed costumes could not be more entertaining.
As Queen Aggravain attempts to get rid of Princess Winnifred
through a variety of tests, Prince Dauntless becomes more and
more amused by the challenge between his mother and his love
interest. I have to say one of the scenes I laughed over the
most was Queen Aggravain feeding Prince Dauntless chocolate
~The Rebecca Review
Magical Illustrations, April 6, 2007
Linda Crockett's magical illustrations create a
comforting environment in which to escape from the pressures of
reality. Unicorn Races is an enchanting story about a girl named
Abigail who is transformed into a princess. As if in a dream,
she is transported to a land of cookies and ice cream sundaes in
a beautiful forest. The strawberry icing on the cupcakes looks
delicious and everyone is eager to start the races so they can
attend the party.
"In a flash, the six majestic unicorns quickly bolted from
the clearing. Like a rainbow after a midsummer's shower, the
colorful beasts stretched across the shadowy skyline. The
princess watched in astonishment as they gracefully took
As the unicorns race through the sky and run through the ocean
waves, they finally run past the finished line and the party can
This beautiful book features a padded cover, sturdy binding and
page after page of lavender, rose and sapphire illustrations.
The coloring used in the art creates a magical setting filled
with sparkles like each page has been sprinkled with fairy dust.
~The Rebecca Review