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Slightly modernized and strengthened storyline for old tale

  • Nov 14, 2008
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Well, I am sure that we have all heard the story of Cinderella many times over, but in Ever After we finally get to see a stronger female lead than those who dance through our little girls brains at an impressionable age.

Danielle De Barbarac (Drew Barrymore) lives alone with her father and their servants after the death of her mother, until one day her father brings home a new bride, the Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent (Anjelica Huston) and her two daughters, Marguerite and Jacqueline. When Danielle's father dies, the Baroness turns Danielle into a servant to wait on her and her spoiled daughters.

Danielle accidently meets young Prince Henry (Dougray Scott) when the Prince pilfers a horse from their manor in order to escape his parents restrictions. For her silence, he gives her coins, which she uses to pose as a courtier to buy back their old servant the Baroness sold to pay her taxes.

She meets Prince Henry again, but this time posed as a Lady, and Henry finds himself enchanted not simply by her beauty but by her intelligence and spirit. He becomes determined to know more about her, but first must find her for she keeps slipping away from him. In the meantime, Marguerite has set her sights on the handsome prince, with the help of her mother and a michevious courtier.

I won't give away any more of the movie, but absolutely must mention that there is a great deal of humor in this unique telling of the Cinderella story (take special note of the wedding chapel scene with the Spanish Princess). The acting is supurb and the script very tight and well written, the costumes are stunning, the scenery is breathtaking, and the photography brilliant.

Overall, this is a wonderful movie that softened even my cold, hard heart, allowing it to pump warm blood if only for the length of the movie. This is a love story without sappiness, a handsome hero with faults of his own, and a beautiful heroine who knows how to save herself. Enjoy!
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January 26, 2009
Wonderful flick. Likeable on all counts.
 
November 14, 2008
Agreed! I had my doubts about this movie but what won me over was the self-reliant heroine rather than the usual damsel-in-distress-waiting-for-a-prince-to-come-to-her-rescue typically found in fairy tales. This sends a far better message to young girls.
 
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Starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Houston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey
Directed by Andy Tennant
Writer:  Susannah Grant (screenplay) Charles Perrault (1729 Story)
1998

Product Description
A "modern" young woman of the 16th century, Danielle (Barrymore) is as independent and wise as she is beautiful and kind. Against remarkable odds, she stands up to her scheming stepmother (Huston) and works miracles on the lives of everyone around her, including the crown prince of France (Dougray Scott)!Now you can relive this captivating, contemporary retelling of the classic fairytale.
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Director: Andy Tennant
Genre: Family, Drama, Romance
Release Date: July 31, 1998
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Andy Tennant
Runtime: 2hrs 0min
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
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