24 January 2017

Ever After

Ever After 1998
  • Director: Andy Tennant
  • Based loosely on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
  • Cast: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey, Megan Dodds, Melanie Lynsky, Timothy West, Judy Parfitt, Jeroen Krabbé, Lee Ingleby
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Drew Barrymore  He’s Just Not that Into You, Music and Lyrics, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Riding in Cars with Boys, Donnie Darko, The Wedding Singer, E.T.
    • Anjelica Huston – Darjeeling Limited, Seraphim Falls, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Grifters, A Handful of Dust, Prizzi’s Honour, Spinal Tap
    • Dougray Scott – My Week with Marilyn, To Kill a King
    • Patrick Godfrey – Mr Turner, Les Misérables, Remains of the Day, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Clockwise, A Room with a View, Pericles Prince of Tyre
    • Melanie Lynsky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Heavenly Creatures
    • Judy Parfitt – Girl with the Pearl Earring, Wilde, Delores Claiborne
    • Jeroen Krabbé – Immortal Beloved, The Fugitive
    • Lee Ingleby – Mr Turner, Quirke, Hustle, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Why? Originally? I don’t remember. Now, chosen for our read-book-see-film group.
  • Seen: Once before. Now 15 January with Hal and YW.      

       It must be very difficult to cast the role of Cinderella because I’ve never seen a good one. Barrymore is no exception. She is remarkably wrong for this rewritten role as a thinking, outspoken young woman named Danielle. The prince is better. He’s just handsome enough, he longs for freedom and helps hopeless wayfarers, one of whom just happens to be Leonardo da Vinci.
       It’s an altogether livelier version of the fairy tale with a touch of class struggle and feminism. One of the sisters is a loser and therefore quite likeable. The wicked step-mother in Huston’s interpretation is not so much wicked as self-centred, grasping and pitiful, but she overdoes the arched eyebrow and insinuating glances.
       It’s an enjoyable and intelligent version of Cinderella with some complex and credible characters. And what a clever ending with Leonardo saving the day. No fairy godmother necessary!

3 * of 5   

PS Has anyone noticed how much Drew Barrymore looks like Stephen Fry?




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