Recommended. Ever After: A Cinderella Story, a Hollywood rendition of Cinderella, portrays many virtues and faults, character lessons, as well as some welcomed enlightenment (or revisions) of particular side elements of the story.
This evening (2/24/2004) I happened upon Ever After: A Cinderella Story on network television. I had desired to see this in the past but had found the opportunity. I was pleased by the elaboration of this childhood story and pleasantly surprised that Hollywood had not tainted it in any significant fashion. Without giving away the fairytale scenes, I can say that Ever After conveyed joy and sadness, injustice and reconciliation, bondage and liberation, and so much more.
Appearances by the characters of Leonardo Di Vinci and his Mona Lisa added an extra artistic thread to the rags-to-royalty tapestry. The character development was well done on all parts. Some progressed in their self-delusion, while others matured through hardships and moments of exhilaration.
In summary, Ever After invoked everything from laughing to outrage to blissful joy as the story was told. I highly recommend it to any who enjoy romantic love stories, particularly with a medival flavor.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story viewed on 2/24/2004 in an edited/abbrieviated format on WB