Ella Enchanted — Movie 2004

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A short while ago I watched Ella Enchanted after having finished the book.

If you want to know more about what I thought of the book, check out my book review.

I watched the Ella Enchanted movie before reading the book, so I already knew that I would like the story.  Even though I really enjoyed the movie, I was surprised by how much the story had been changed from the book.  Ella’s movie father is much, much nicer than in the book.  The other major difference is that Char and Ella’s love interest is developed in the movie in a way that it never is in the book.   Also, Char’s evil uncle was completely fabricated for the movie, but we were really gratified to see Cary Elwes in the role.  He must have had fun hamming it up and it reminded us of his performance in The Princess Bride.  The other change which made the movie so much fun was the way it melded modern and old-fashioned, including in costume, dance and singing.  Yes, singing!  Yes, a Queen song!  What more can I say?

Anne Hathaway had a huge part in making this movie the success that it is.  As we all know, she is a superb actress and this film showcases her abilities, even at a young-ish age.  Just like in the book, Ella is a feisty and opinionated Cinderella-type.  Hathaway puts just the right amount of wit, sass and charm into Ella to make her one of the most likable princesses out there.

I recommend Ella Enchanted to everybody who enjoys a good fairy tale.  My boys watched it with me, and even they conceded it was a good movie.

Rated: PG

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…




Ninja-rella: A Graphic Novel by Joey Comeau

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Title: Ninja-rella by Joey Comeau


Cinderella has a happy childhood with loving parents, but one day her mother dies.  She copes by spending all of her time practicing sword fighting.  Her father eventually remarries, but then he too dies.  Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters treat her like a slave and make her life miserable.  It’s Cinderella’s dream to serve as the Prince’s bodyguard, but if her stepmother won’t let her go to the ball, how will he ever see her awesome ninja skills?

My thoughts:

This is a really fun retelling of the classic Cinderella story.  Put aside any thoughts of romance–this young lady is totally focused on a career as a ninja!  Cinderella’s fairy godninja comes through and makes a way for Ninja-rella to get to the ball–even wielding a fancy glass sword.  She ends up defending the prince against some would-be assassins and he hires her as his personal bodyguard.  Wishes really do come true!  😉

I think my favorite part of this book is the illustrations.  They have a very Asian-inspired feel about them, but in a childish, cartoonesque way.  At the end of the book there’s a page with some interesting tidbits about the original Cinderella tale, and a few questions about the visual aspects of the book to get children examining the artwork.

I recommend Ninja-rella to kids who enjoy fairy tales and unique retellings of classic stories.  This one gets a thumbs-up as being highly appealing to kids!

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…