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Holiday season viewing

Of the not-so-good: I don't have A Nightmare Before Christmas here.

Of the good: I do have The Slipper and the Rose here. For all that Ever After is the Best Cinderella Movie Ever, I still strongly suspect it ripped off some elements that very few people know this movie did first, simply because they haven't seen or even heard of it. The forward-thinking prince despairing of any good coming from his parents' demands that he marry, Cindy with a spine but trapped by social circumstances.

And EA doesn't even have a singing, dancing Richard Chamberlain. :-D I just love the whole attitude of this thing. It's difficult to explain why; mostly it's light and...not quite tongue-in-cheek, because it's really not cheesy or mocking. But it also doesn't take itself too seriously. The best way to put it probably that it's realistic about human nature, but not cynical. I've never understood why it's often dismissed as dreary and unmagical, except that people expect BIG magic and glitter and floofiness, and it's not. The Godmother rocks my socks -- there's undeniably magic going on, but Brit-style fairy magic (to be expected from a Brit movie, I know), not dazzle-you-blind Hollywood magic.

:: giggles at King and advisors ::

Enough with the trying to explain. I love this movie. Done now.

ETA: Okay, one more thing: I love that Cinderella sucks at housework, since she's never had to do it before. And then there's the Godmother's rant about why going about things "all sparkle and glitter" would be completely ridiculous and impractical. *g*


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Dec. 17th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, Slipper and Rose is the best Cinderella EVER! Ever After's a fun take (must get that on DVD someday) but Slipper is something all its own. Aside from the uberclassy godmother and the hilarious king, it's the only one that really got into politics. In Ever After, the complication was "ew, don't marry the help." In Slipper it was "If he marries you, we all hurt. We are sorry, but it is so."

Dec. 17th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC)
I admit Ever After had me from the trailer, which is as much Loreena McKennitt's doing than anything else. But I just love all the characters too much to let it be second to anything. :-) Even the ones I hate -- Marguerite is just too damn funny, and Anjelica Huston managed to give just enough of a glimpse of why this awful woman was so awful, without making you hate her any less. And Jacqueline getting drawn into engineering mom and sis's comeuppance seals the deal.

You're right about the politics angle, tho. Henry's parents crack me up ("I'll simply deny you the throne and...live forever!"), but never in a million years would they actually let that happen. Which is why the RL Henri II had essentially that relationship out of wedlock with Diane de Poitiers (while being married to a de Medici...now there's a tightrope act for you!).
Dec. 18th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
I kinda feel the same way about Slipper - can't be second to anything, although I'll admit that Ever After is nipping at its heels - and that the Julie Andrews version just on PBS and the Faerie Tale Theater versions are jockying for 3rd.

Not that I'm a sucker for fairytales or anything...

Also, I kinda give points for setting it in fantasyland instead of a real kingdom, even if they were going to make it the "without magic" version.
Dec. 17th, 2004 07:41 pm (UTC)
I think I saw "The Slipper and the Rose" once on TV a long, long time ago. I should probably try to see that again. It sounds like I'd probably love it.

And yeah, Ever After is another one of those movies that I've been meaning to get on DVD for forever. . .
Dec. 18th, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)
It sounds like I'd probably love it.

I'm pretty sure you would. I was over the moon when they brought it out on DVD. :-D
Dec. 17th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Sounds like something I will have to go find.
Dec. 18th, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)
Do. 'Tis great fun.
Dec. 18th, 2004 04:26 am (UTC)
I LOVE The Slipper and The Rose!
Dec. 18th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC)
There is much in it to love.
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