Have courage and be kind

On Fri. Mar. 13, the Krikorian movie theater in Downey releases Disney’s newest film: Cinderella. Famous stars such as Lilly James, Richard Madden, and Helen Bonham Carter played main characters of the movie.

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor

On Mar. 13, the long awaited live-action Cinderella, featuring Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, and Helena Bonham Carter, premiered in theaters.


The movie stays true to its original fairytale and animated film with the glass slipper, evil stepsisters, and a happy ending for Cinderella and her prince. However, we are given a broader view of Ella’s, nicknamed Cinderella by her stepsisters, life before the passing of her mom. On her deathbed, her mother (Hayley Atwell) gives her the advice that she follows for the rest of her life: “Have courage, and be kind.”


As the story goes, Ella meets the prince and dances with him at the royal ball where they fall madly in love. As the clock strikes midnight, Ella rushes out of the palace leaving one of her iconic glass slippers behind as the prince’s only clue to finding his one true love.


While the story is being introduced to a new audience, children and parents alike dress for the occasion in Cinderella’s famous blue ball gown. It is not hard to find at least one little Cinderella wandering around the theaters with her parents or at least pictures of them on the Internet as a picture of a father and daughter dressed as the prince and Cinderella became popular on Twitter with the caption “family goals”. It’s even become a trend for couples to visit the Disney parks dressed as the famous couple.


The movie earned $95 million in the box office and got overall high ratings from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and Common Sense Media. The movie gave a new spin on a classic and tied up loose ends that the original version left out otherwise. Although the story is very well known, the audience enjoyed the live action version as it brings a sense of nostalgia from their childhood and introduces the fairytale to a new generation.