Monday, March 12, 2012

ever after [1998]

File:Everafterposter.jpgEver After (1998)
starring: Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, Anjelica Huston

This is the *real* story of Cinderella. The Brothers Grimm have unfortunately recorded the wrong story, so a noblewoman asks them to come visit her and she tells them the *real* thing.

Turns out, there's no fairy godmother, no pumpkins, no mousey helpers, no stroke-of-midnight-and-everything-vanishes...actually, there's no magic at all. Just Leonardo DaVinci, the family carriage, faithful servants, an arranged marriage, a glass slipper and all that good stuff. :)

The story is set in France. Danielle de Barbarac, her father's only dearly beloved child, is orphaned at age eight and left with her new stepmother, Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, and two stepsisters, Marguerite and Jacqueline. Ten years later, the manor house and farm are being neglected, Danielle has been reduced to the state of servant, and Rodmilla and Marguerite are scheming to get the latter married to the Prince of France. And the stage is set for happily ever after! *grin*

Danielle de Barabarc - the heroine. Pretty in her own way, she loves her home, her friends, and really tries to see the bright side of her rather oppressive life. She's passionate, but not obnoxious. Reads Utopia for sentimental reasons. (I honestly don't see any other reason to read that book)

Prince Henry - the "man who was still a boy in many, many ways." (gotta love that line!) Crazy, headstrong, obstinate, and very very boy. Known for running away from home, Henry has a lot on his mind. "The Prince suffers from an....arranged marriage, Signore, among other things." He doesn't want his political position to dictate his life.

Baroness Rodmilla deGhent - the Evil Stepmother. While not *exactly* evil, she is manipulative and selfish and rude. And a liar. And mean. So maybe she is evil. :)

Marguerite Francoise de Ghent - the older of the stepsisters. Harsh, selfish, spoiled rotten, not worth talking about. Desperate to be queen.

Jacqueline - the younger, very sweet stepsister. She loves Danielle and does her best to be a friend. She ends up rewarded and finding love because of her sweet spirit of service.

Gustav - other than Danielle and Henry, Gustav is my favorite character. Danielle's oldest non-servant friend, Gustav is 100% behind her 100% of the time, and helps her out of all her scrapes. Also has some of the best lines in the whole movie. "You look like a girl!"

Leonardo DaVinci - Hm. It's a little weird that he's in the movie, but he's such a dear. "I shall go down in history as the man who opened a door!" I guess he's sort of the equivalent to the fairy godmother *snorty laugh* (oops.) Has some interesting life philosophies, but is altogether sweet. Lovely addition to the story.

It's a classic story of good triumphing over evil. It's a love story. It's funny. It's sweet. The dialogue is terrific, the acting leaves nothing wanting, and the whole time you feel like you're watching a story taking place at the same time as The Princess the same country too. Maybe Westley and Gustav were friends or something. Who knows?

Cons: Ummmm....not much. Just one word, one time. But it's really not pretty, so definitely mute it. It's in the scene after the masque when Henry feels like Danielle is a big liar and is having a pity party and DaVinci comes over to give him a talking to. It's right at the very beginning of the conversation. And that's it. Oh, and a few kisses...but since they *do* end up getting married, they don't really count as cons :)

I say: watch it. If you like sweet, feel-good movies, you will love this. If you love The Princess Bride, you will love it. If you love Anne of Green Gables you will love it, because they stole their soundtrack.

Confession: I watched it three times in one week. Ouch. Yes. If that means anything.

Rating: Five (*****) out of Five (*****) stars
(since, to quote Lizzy, it doesn't make sense to give it 15 out of 5 stars ;D)

Click HERE to see the picture/quote post I did a little while back.

honestly: listen from :50 and tell if it does or doesn't sound JUST LIKE Anne????? 


  1. Haha! Yeah, it does. :) We watched this movie a little while ago and I loved it--I did not think the Prince was handsome at all though...he looked oily. :D

  2. Definitely one of my favorite movies. And since I have always loved both this soundtrack and the Anne soundtrack, how did I never notice that they're so similar???

  3. This movie sounds amazing! I'm going to have to see if we can get it out of the library (our primary source for movies and books :P). Lovely review, dear! I especially like how you introduced all the characters at the beginning; it made the review easier to understand, having not (yet) seen it myself. :)

    Love ya,
    Elizabeth Rose

  4. {Rachel} - for the record, your comment about Henry being "oily" amused my mother *greatly*, and caused a rather hysterical outburst of laughter from myself. I don't even know why, it just tickled us on our funny bones I guess :D