Exclusive Pre-Screening Event of Cinderella was a HIT!

CINDERELLA Fish Exclusive Event Review by Mom Squad Panelist Kathleen Horvath

Disney’s “magic” continues in the movie version of Cinderella.  The movie opened in theaters on Friday, March 13th; however, my daughters, granddaughter, and I were blessed to be able to attend the exclusive pre-screening of Cinderella with Sara Carnes and The Mom Squad 95.5 The Fish on Thursday, March 12th.  We had a wonderful time!  There were beautiful “princesses” and handsome “princes” everywhere! Big thank you to Universal Windows Direct for making the evening possible. Also a big thank you to Hudec Dental for the awesome photo booth. What fun!

Some princesses had on gowns and sparkly tiaras and others were just as beautiful in jeans and a t-shirt, because, as the movie stated so well, true beauty comes from within each of us.  If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you have to make plans to see it!  Several times throughout the movie, the audience cheered and applauded.    

A lot of people may think this movie is more for young girls.  I disagree.  I believe this movie has something for everyone, i.e., young girls, young boys, and those, like me, who are “young at heart.”   The movie is full of inspirational moments and wonderful moral lessons.  For example, Ella learned how to be kind, loving, forgiving and courageous from both of her parents.  They taught her everything she needed to know, including social skills, proper etiquette, and graciousness.   Ella’s mother told her that if she remembered to “have courage and be kind,” this would get you through anything in life.  Ella’s heart was full of good and kindness.  This made her beautiful not only on the inside, but more attractive on the outside as well.  On the other hand, Anastasia and Drisella were not raised in the same loving environment.  Their mother taught them how to be greedy and selfish.  Anastasia, Drisella, and “the stepmother (played by Cate Blanchett),” were not ugly on the outside at all.  However, because their hearts were hard and bitter, they did not appear to be beautiful.  (By the way, Cate Blanchett was fantastic as the “evil stepmother”).   

I, also, believe that young boys can benefit by watching this movie.  They can learn a lot from the Prince and his father, the King.  The Prince did not let his money or social position make him an ugly person on the inside.  When he met Ella (Cinderella by that time), he was good and kind to her, too, even though she was a “country girl, a commoner.”  The King taught his son that he needed to be his own man.  He needed to make his own decisions in life and not let others influence or control you.  
One of my favorite quotes from the movie was towards the very end.  Cinderella was afraid to go tell the Prince (now the King) that she is the one he has been looking for because she knows that she is not who she appeared to be at the ball.  She doesn’t have a title or money or really anything else to offer him but her love.  The quote is, “The greatest risk any of us take, is to be seen as we really are.”  
I totally enjoyed this movie and can’t wait to see it again.  I don’t know if I would recommend taking very young children (toddler/preschool) to the movie theater because it’s a little longer than you would expect.  But, it’s definitely a movie that the whole family can find entertaining and fun.  

Fun times at the Hudec Dental Photo Booth!

Our friends from Universal Windows Direct giving away fun prizes!