A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish

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Happy holidays everybody. Today, I’m talking about Netflix’s A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish. (Minor spoilers). Check it out here!

When I was younger, I loved the Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff and Another Cinderella Story with Selena Gomez. I was even lucky enough to have my own Cinderella moment at a wedding once…but that’s a story for a different day.

Cinderella Backstory

You may know of Disney’s Cinderella where she lives with her step-sisters, has a fairy godmother, goes to the ball, falls in love, and finds happily ever after, but do you know the original? There are many versions of this classic tale but the one I’ll summarize is the Grimm version (but if you want more click here).

It starts with the death of Cinderella’s mom who tells her to always remain kind and good. Like many of these versions, Cinderella is forced into servitude. Her dad goes out of town and asks what they want as a gift. Her sisters ask for fine things but Cinderella? She asks for the first branch to hit her dad on the way out. When he brings back a hazel branch, she plants it. She waters it with her tears and it blossoms into a hazel tree. A white bird listens to her prayers and wishes. The bird is able to fulfill wishes for some reason.

Later the king announces a 3 day festival (the ball in other versions) to find his son a wife. The step-mom pulls her usual shenanigans to not let Cinderella come to the ball with them. Cinderella goes to her mother’s tree and wishes for fine gowns each night and each night she goes to the festival looking fabulous. Each night the prince attempts to walk her home and she evades him. On the last night, he spreads pitch on the stairs and Cinderella leaves a golden shoe behind.

At her house, the eldest step-sister cuts off bits of her toe to fit into the shoe. The dove lets him know she’s bleeding and she fails the test. The younger step-sister cuts off bits of her heel to fit into the shoe. Again, the dove lets him know she’s bleeding and she fails the test. I guess in this version, Cinderella’s dad mentions her but not that she’s his daughter. She comes, he recognizes her, and they live happily ever after.

However, not everyone ends up happy. At the wedding, the stepsisters had their eyes plucked out by birds as punishment for their treatment of Cinderella.

Formula for a Cinderella Story

Obviously, they can’t make a version of Grimm’s Cinderella as a full movie, it would be a little dark and depressing. So a lot of the time they have certain aspects to make it an almost Cinderella story.

  1. Cinderella’s parents are both dead. This movie was no exception. It allows you to be up and close with the step-mom and step-sisters.
  2. The step-sisters always have a “smart” one and a “dumb” one. I don’t know why this is but it’s also true for this case.
  3. The step-mom sabotages Cinderella in some way. In this movie, it’s when mom steals her snow globe and/or destroys her party invitation.
  4. The prince and Cinderella always have a secret identity so that when they meet each other later, it’s less shocking when they fall in love. In this movie, Cinderella (Laura Marano) and prince charming (Gregg Sulkin) work together at Santa Land where they wear costumes.
  5. The step-mom and step-sisters get their “just desserts”. In this movie, it’s when they are escorted out of the party and Cinderella is given an opportunity to move out of their house.

Things this movie did differently

  • The king is actually present in his son’s life and loves him. (Bonus points for not making him an attractive older man).
  • The creativity for the secret identities, it’s the first rendition I’ve seen where they worked together
  • Also the first rendition I’ve seen where Cinderella’s dad knew the king
  • All original Christmas music and it isn’t cringe-y!
  • Prince charming’s friends suck in this movie. In other renditions, they are basic wingmen.

Comments for the movie

  • I love having Ally from Austin and Ally and Mayson Greybeck from Wizards of Waverly Place opposite each other. It makes for interesting chemistry. He’s not confident as Austin is but he’s sweet and charming. She’s not sassy like Alex is but is better than all of his friends. Together, they make awkward but funny flirty moments.
  • Laura Marano is seriously talented.
  • There’s so much irony in this movie.
  • The best friend/godmother replacement has a nice personality to compliment her BFF but they normally do.

Final thoughts:

Honestly, this is a great Christmas movie to watch during the holidays. It’s cute, light, and funny.

Thank you for reading my Cinderella story: Christmas Wish, I appreciate it. Comment below what your favorite take of the Cinderella story is. If you like my content, consider subscribing to my mailing list and if you want another princess movie review, click here.

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