“Have Courage and be Kind”

Well my teenage daughter went and saw Cinderella with her girlfriends, shed a little tear over the magic and was determined to drag me off and see it for myself.

I wasn’t sure really what to expect.  This is one of those tales that you just don’t remember the first time you heard it, you just always have known the story and grown up with the romance of it. And it’s magical!

Right up til you’re bullied and bitten in kindy and no fairy godmother shows up, or your manic depressive mother drums into you that life isn’t easy, there is no magic, no handsome prince or happy ever after.  A wedding is just dress ups for one day and marriage is shit.  But still, there’s a part of you that hopes, that wants to believe… One day…

I fell in love with Helena Bonham Carter (and her eyebrows) playing a young Serena in a Hazard of Hearts, alongside the very dashing Justin Vulcan of Mandrake (a terrible Barbara Cartland romance that still appealed to my hopeful 16 year old soul) and thought she was a great fairy godmother for Cinderella – I’d have her any day!  And the fact that she’s a wizz at shoes is a definite bonus!

Cate Blanchett, another favourite, is spectacular in taking on the role that ruined life for stepmothers everywhere.  Beautifully elegant, yet bitter and twisted and the reminder that life isn’t always easy.  You can choose to be cruel and manipulative… or not… But it’s Cinderella’s choice, to ‘have courage and be kind’ despite all adversity she’d faced, that is the beautiful theme that shone throughout this movie.

For Cindy, the magic ended at midnight after the ball; life was still more than a drudge but there were choices to be made.  To live in joy with the memories, enjoy the company of friends, and sing, just because you can… or not. And hey, who knows? Some days, things just do go your way!

I do hope her prince doesn’t snore and fart loudly and leave grubby hunting gear and undies on the floor, but if you can be happy in the face of adversity, I guess it’s just as easy to be happy in the palace…

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