posted by Matt W on April 8th, 2015

So over the course of marriage and fatherhood, especially when you’re the father of a girl, you sometimes do things that aren’t exactly Male Pattern Madness blog material. As my sons have moved out of the house and it is now just me and the women folk, the estrogen level in the house is staggering. But I endure. And every once in a while, I do something I normally wouldn’t just because it’s me and the girls. This weekend I saw Cinderella.

So on the way to the movie, I was probably a bit of an ass. “No way, Matt W. was a bit cynical on the way to the girly movie, isn’t that one of the signs of the apocalypse?” Apparently not.

My main line of questioning was, “How did someone get funding to make another Cinderella movie, when there were already hundreds of different versions?”

It’s because it is very well done.

SPOILER ALERT: it’s Cinderella. While there are a few lines and small scenes that differ from the Disney original, it’s Cinderella. But it is just a very well done, nicely acted on all fronts, non animated, nice message for all, Disney movie. And as in all good Disney movies, it even has a nice horse. My wife cried at the sad parts, my daughter got all googly-eyed at the romantic parts, and I sat there perfectly entertained for the whole movie. It was nice.

I still don’t know how they went about selling the concept, “Nope it’s exactly the same as all the other ones… nope, no difference… just better… yes, we are serious… $100 million… no difference… insanity in my family? Not that I know of…”, but I will say I’m glad they had a good pitch person.

Now I’m not saying take the poker club out for movie night, or get all the guys you play basketball with at the gym to go to Cinderella, I’m just saying, if you have girls or a women in your life and they want to go see Cinderella, it’s not a bad way to spend 2 hours. I went, survived, and have caught myself humming theme songs the past few days.

It’s a nice movie, and the world needs a lot more nice these days.

File Under King of the Castle, Mr. Cool