Time: 121 mins.
I have to say there's nothing like a good romance, especially one that ends happily. EVER AFTER is a retelling of "Cinderella" with some slight modifications. In this version, "Cinderella" is named Danielle and she can take care of herself. The movie hinges on the charm, spirit and beauty of Drew Barrymore, as well as the good looks of our Prince Charming, Dougray Scott. They make a wonderful couple, giving the audience something nice to look at as they find their way to true love. As we all know, this is not an easy path. He is, after all, the heir to the throne and she is only a commoner, forced into a life of servitude by her obnoxious and unfeeling step-mother, played wonderfully by Anjelica Huston. Her step-sisters are vain, silly and arrogant. Instead of welcoming her into their family when her father suddenly dies, they banish her, in her own home, to work as one of their servants. Danielle doesn't complain about her life. She has her friends and her books to keep her company.
She meets the prince on several occasions dressed as a courtier and leaves a lasting impression as much for her beauty as for her thoughts and ideas. The prince is enamoured with her spirit and begs her to tell him who she is. She gives her mother's name in order to escape punishment for pretending to be a member of the court. When he is forced by the King to either choose a bride for himself or marry the princess of Spain, Henry searches Danielle out knowing she's the woman who can make him truly happy. However, her wicked step-mother has other plans. Mainly to make her eldext daughter Marguerite queen. The prince must announce his choice at the upcoming ball and she is determined to make sure he chooses her daughter. However, try as she might, she cannot stop the course of true love. Initially, the prince despises Danielle for her deception, but when he's left at the altar by the spanish princess, he realizes Danielle is the only woman for him. There are some silly and unbelievable moments in this movie, but I had to forgive the filmmakers for them. After all, this is a fairy tale.