Black History Month: Cinderella (1997)

Monday, February 15, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Robert Iscove 
Writer: Oscar Hammerstein II, Robert L. Freedman  
Release: November 2, 1997
Whitney Houston 
Whoopi Goldberg 
Bernadette Peters 
Veanne Cox Natalie 
Desselle Reid 
Paolo Montalban 
Jason Alexander 
Victor Garber  
Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother. --IMDb
I knew I wanted to feature this movie before it was even announced that it was coming to Disney+. I have loved his version of Cinderella since I was a child and it is in my opinion one of the best adaptations out there. Obviously, as a child I didn't know who a lot of these actors were and my English was not also as good as it is now. I think it's extremely rare that a movie from the 1990s hold so true today. It's really fascinating to see the technical aspects of the movie, but even aside from all of that, the movie is truly one that's so good.

Well I don't want to focus as much on the the racial casting of the movie, I do think I should talk about it a little bit. I absolutely love how diverse this entire movie is. Only do we have a Black Cinderella, the first Black Cinderella ever, but we also have a Black queen who is married to a white king who has an Asian son. Is never any talk about why or how this happened and I actually love how it plays out in this movie. Obviously, 1997 was a vastly different time which in itself is quite a surprise as to how this movie came to be. At the end of the day, this movie just works really well altogether.

I think it's possible for me to talk about this movie without talking about the exemplary music. While I never saw the stage production that this movie is inspired by, I love the music from this movie. “Impossible” sung by Brandy and Whitney Houston, is one of my favorite songs from the entire movie. It truly encompasses the magic that Cinderella and the audience feels throughout this entire scene. I love that Cinderella and Prince Christopher have two songs together: “The Sweetest Sounds” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful”. It really goes to developing their romance and their connection even before they meet as the prince in Cinderella. I actually forgot that the two of them met as commoners before the ball and it added such a great moment between the two. I wasn't aware of the fact that most of the cast actually had a background in musical theater. It doesn't surprise me to learn that, however, because the music in this entire movie is amazing. Even the evil stepmother and stepsisters have beautiful voices and truly carry their songs.

Overall, I don't think I can ever stop talking about how much I love this movie. From the cars to the music to the costumes, everything about the 1997 Cinderella is perfection. I am so glad that it is on Disney+ where more people will be able to watch this magnificent movie.

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