Thursday, March 19, 2015

Another reason to love Kenneth Branagh: UPDATE

As if you needed one.

Fr. Barron on the new Cinderella:
the director manages to tells the familiar fairy tale without irony, hyper-feminist sub-plots, Marxist insinuations, deconstructionist cynicism, or arch condescension.

And thus the Christian allegory shines through. I chuckled at the 'SPOILER ALERT'! near the beginning of Fr. Barron's article. Um, we all pretty much know how Cinderella ends.

UPDATE: Mr. Branagh allows the criticism to roll off his back:
In an era of revisionist fairytales such as Frozen and Maleficent, it might be a surprise to find that Branagh’s take on the story of Cinders and her glass slipper is determinedly traditionalist. “I don’t find myself so exercised by a desperation to be new,” he says...

Good on ya, buddy! If anything is getting excruciatingly stale, it's feminist/revisionist fairy tales. (PS. Little girls don't like "Frozen" because the girls are 'powerful' but because they're pretty and sing catchy songs and they have long hair and nice dresses and they're pretty.)


  1. I was shocked when I realized Brannagh had directed this. I mean, he actually IS able to do a film that doesn't charm you along with its beauty but then suddenly slaps you with a sex scene, as happened in every one of his Shakespeare adaptations. Bravo.

    1. Yeah, I know (re the slapping). It's THE most irksome thing about his otherwise wonderful adaptations! That's definitely a project for the scene-snippers at Feature Films for Families, LOL. A homeschool-friendly Branagh/Shakespeare film collection.