Earlier this week Kris, Justine, and I went to see Disney’s new live-action Cinderella movie, and I have to say that the very best word I can think of to describe it is magical. I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed watching this movie; it was just an utterly delightful experience.
The setting was absolutely gorgeous – from Cinderella’s house to the palace and everywhere in between. I felt like the whole thing was filmed through whatever filter they used for Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video. The colours were jewel tones that came off making it all look very rich and fabulous. This same tone seeped into the costumes. Every single outfit, whether it was for one of the main characters or just for a random extra, was worthy of attention, and I could tell that there was focus on the details for even the less important costumes. The colours were again very rich and jewel toned and the styles somehow managed to be both fitting for the time period and utterly modern and imaginative.
I also thought that the casting was pretty darn close to perfect. After the movie, the only complaint that any of us could come up with was that the Grand Duke and the King looked a little too similar. This must be how it feels for all those people out there who suffer from face blindness (it’s a real thing) – I always had to look twice to figure out which of them was on screen. Aside from that, the casting was amazing. Cate Blanchett plays a very convincing and wicked Lady Tremaine, and Lily James is excellently sweet and charismatic as Cinderella. Really though, the very best thing about this movie, and what I truly want to discuss today, was Robb Stark… errr Richard Madden… as Prince Charming.
As you might know, I have Game of Thrones on the mind right now and have already written one other post this week about it – “6 Signs You’re Dating A Secret Lannister”. I’m a little obsessed. Because of this, I wasn’t really able to get over thinking of Prince Charming as being Robb Stark (even though his eyes looked insanely blue and his pants were wayyyy too tight for Robb Stark to ever put on).
Prince Charming is certainly a stark contrast to the King in the North. I have to say that I am fresh off viewing the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones, so those wounds are still a bit raw. Seeing Robb Stark as Prince Charming on the big screen brought me to tears – alternately of laughter and loss. Throughout this movie, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between the characters. So here, we are… 6 reasons I couldn’t get past the fact that Prince Charming was being played by Robb Stark.
1) They’re both forced into having too much responsibility and want to do what’s right
Prince Charming has to take charge of a kingdom without having finished learning from his father, much like when Robb has to step up and lead his father’s bannermen in an attempt to bring Ned home safely.
2) They both fell for a girl based on her charm and charisma, not her birth
Whether it’s Cinderella in the woods or whatshername while on the field of battle/recovering from the injury (depending on whether you’re a book or movie fan), each of these men fall for women that they shouldn’t.
3) They’re both totally dreamy
This might be because they’re played by the same actor… or because they’re dreamy characters. The jury’s still out on this one.
4) They both spurn other, more appropriate suitors
Princess Chelena of Zaragosa or a daughter of house Frey – each of these was probably the much more logical choice for their respective men.
5) They’ve both lost parents
Prince Charming must have lost his mother at a rather young age, though I don’t think it is specified. Robb Stark is not in attendance at the beheading of his father, but he experiences the pain of that loss.
6) They both married for love when they probably shouldn’t have
During the part where Prince Charming’s father was telling him that he had to marry for love, I couldn’t help but lean over to Kris and whisper in her ear.
“Robb Stark married for love too… look how that worked out for him.”
If we want to talk differences, I guess one is that Prince Charming was able to go forward and live happily ever after… or was he?!?
Anyways, I digress. If you haven’t seen it yet, I definitely recommend checking the movie out.