It took me a while to get into Cinderella when I was younger. That cat and the idea of being locked in a room really scared me. Eventually I got over those fears and was able to watch Cinderella without running out of the room crying and got to experience the movie for the cute fairy tale that it is.
Looking back at this classic Disney movie has me thinking about the lessons it taught us. I know Cinderella is a beautiful fairy tale, and homegirl is living happily ever after. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree with how everything went down. I personally think it’s an issue if you have mice and birds frolicking around in your house, but there are more serious things wrong with the film.
That You Can't Leave A Bad Situation
Cinderella is supposed to be 19. Why hasn't she left? There no reason that she can't have gone to another kingdom and have a better life.
That Being A Pushover Is Totally Fine
She doesn't stand up for herself ever. I really feel like she could have put her foot down at some point, but she lets everyone walk all over her. She's too scared to speak her mind, which I understand, but I just really want her to stand up to these terrible people and take control.
That This Behavior Is Normal
Seriously, how is Lady Tremaine a mother? She is so terrible. That aside, how do these girls think that their mother is good when she is so terrible to another child? Something is lost in translation here. I'm sure they didn't want to cross their scary mom, but how are they so okay with what she does to Cinderella? And how is it so normal that they take part in this behavior?
Love At First Sight, Again
Oh these two. They seriously fall in love within one dance. ONE. I love love. I think it's great, and I think you can be attracted to someone immediately. But he one hundred percent decides he wants to spend the rest of his life with her before the band stops playing.
That Changing Yourself Is How To Save Yourself
Where the heck has she been? If she's Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, why does she only appear to send Cinderella off to a ball? She couldn't have shown up when Cinderella's father died? Or when Lady Tremaine started torturing her? Nope, she just shows up to make Cinderella look pretty so she can go meet a guy.
That Guys Like The Prince Are Catches
This guy is so passive. He doesn't take charge at all in his life, which makes sense considering the King is calling all the shots. But why can't he step up his game and take control? The only thing he has going for him is that he's a prince. He doesn't even ask her name.
The Cinderella Complex
I'm glad that Cinderella got her happy ending, but the Cinderella complex is a bad one. Cinderella could have left her bad situation, but she didn't. Her only escape is a man who swoops in to rescue her.
I know this isn't a lesson, but the logic here is awful. The shoe could fit a multiple number of women. There is no way that Cinderella is the only woman with that shoe size. Why didn't they just ask for the one who had the other shoe to come forward?
What do you think about Cinderella? Can you think of anything else wrong with the movie? Tell us in the comments!