Take away the Fairy Godmother, and what have you got left from the Cinderella fable? The story of a girl for whom a bad stroke of luck is no match for her internal strength and purity of heart. Drew Barrymore plays Cinderella's alleged inspiration, Danielle, in this romantic drama that purports to tell the "facts" behind the Grimm brothers' story. One of three daughters of a man (Jeroen Krabbé) who dies and leaves her fate in the hands of a conniving stepmother (Anjelica Huston), Danielle is cast into the lowly role of a servant. Meanwhile, her sisters are evaluated... as possible mates for a French prince (Dougray Scott), but he's far more intrigued with Danielle's intelligence and beauty--not to mention her way with a sword and fist. Directed by Andy Tennant (who directed Barrymore in TV's The Amy Fisher Story), Ever After has that rare ability to win the heart and mind of a viewer simply by being committed to its own innocence, particularly where Barrymore's luminous performance is concerned. A contemporary take on an old, virtually forgotten Hollywood convention--the costume adventure with middling artistic ambition but real audience appeal--Ever After is a surprisingly delightful film. --Tom Keogh [show more]
Ever After is a charming retelling of the Cinderella story that allows the heroine to be strong, funny and intensely likeable in a way other interpretations have never managed to do. Here Cinderella is called Danielle (Drew Barrymore) and lives with her stepmother (magnificently played by Anjelica Huston) and two stepsisters (one evil, one not!) in France (the part where everyone speaks English). As with the traditional story Danielle lives as a servant while her stepmother schemes for her eldest daughter to marry Prince Henry (Dougray Scott). Unfortunately for her after a chance meeting the prince becomes enamoured with Danielle. However he believes her to be nobility and due to her feelings for him she does not disabuse him of that assumption, instead taking a false name and sneaking out to meet with him in her stepsisters clothes. Barrymore and Scott spark well off each other and are involved in some lovely and heartbreaking scenes throughout the film. Eventually Danielle"s stepmother finds out who has been distracting the prince and reveals the truth. This is based on a fairy tale so I think you can guess how it turns out in the end but there are some tears along the way. This is a perfect family film with romance, laughs and stunts without being too rude - it will amuse the kids but also entertain the adults, particularly women and it set in beautiful surroundings that are a feast for the eyes. It contains some nice comical moments and some great acting - characters which are not fleshed out in the fairy tale are given back story and personality in this version without removing their traditional roles (the stepmother is still a monster despite a bad childhood being hinted at). The things that perhaps let this story down and lead to some unfavourable ratings in other places (the bizarre inclusion of Leonardo Da Vinci as the fairy godmother for example) are part of it"s charm and don"t stop it from being rewatchable. Danielle is (rightly) the star character of the piece as a strong, resourceful, independent minded version of Cindella - when the end comes she doesn"t need her prince to save her, but he does put a smile on her face.
Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella, even more so when hormones kick in and Prince Charming really does not seem to exist.
Drew Barrymore fulfills every girl dream perfectly, exactly how soft and lovely you grow up expecting Cinderella to be.
Definitely a worthwhile purchase just for the look on the evil stepsisters face. Even though you can't help to love one of the 'not so evil afterall'
This definitely gives the happily ever after feel of a good chick flick and your money will not be wasted - although you will still be dreaming of glass slippers - why can you not buy them anywhere nowadays?!!!
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. A “modern” young woman of the 16th century, Danielle (Drew Barrymore) is an independent and wise as she is beautiful and kind. Against remarkable odds, she stands up to her scheming stepmother (Anjelica Huston) and works miracles on the lives of everyone around her, including the crown prince of France (Dougray Scott)! Now you can relive this captivating, contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale. No matter what you’re looking for, “action romance or adventure, ‘Ever After’ delivers it all!” (ABC TV). Actors Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy West, Judy Parfitt, Jeroen Krabbe, Jeanne Moreau, Megan Dodds, Richard O'Brien & Director Andy Tennant Certificate PG13 Year 1998 Screen Fullscreen 4:3 Languages English - Dolby (2.0) Stereo Additional Languages Dolby Digital Surround: English ; French Subtitles English ; Spanish Duration 2 hours and 2 minutes (approx)
Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott star in Andy Tennant's adaptation of the famous fairy tale. In Renaissance Italy, 18-year-old Danielle (Barrymore) has been reduced to the level of a servant by her wicked stepmother, Baroness Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston), after the tragic death of her loving father. When Danielle first meets Prince Henry (Scott), their lives couldn't seem further apart, but on their second encounter, with Danielle dressed as a noblewoman, romance blossoms as they both feel an undeniable connection. How will Prince Henry react when his father, King Francis (Timothy West), reveals his plan for him to marry the Princess of Spain?