|Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore|
It was the summer of 1998, and life was just simpler back then. Back then we had dignity! We had respect! We played Pokemon on our Gameboys, not our smart phones! Instead of Clinton and Trump, the names on everyone’s lips were… well, Clinton and Lewinski. We were busy watching Carrie Bradshaw and her cosmopolitan gal pals take on Manhattan in Sex in the City, instead of Hannah Horvath and her band of merry hipsters trying to fumble their way through Brooklyn on Girls. Meanwhile, some kid named Harry Potter was lying in wait, about to take the U.S. by storm. When you lay it all out like that, it really doesn’t sound like that much has changed. At all.
However, at least one thing is still as true today as it was back then: Our unending love of fairy tales still persists. And never were we more rewarded for our dedication than we were on the day Ever After came out in theaters. Drew Barrymore, a humble brunette and dressed in somber colors, burst into our lives and turned the story of “Cinderella” on its head, and into something that we could all be proud of. It’s been 18 years and it still holds up to this day as one of the, if not THE, best fairy tale film adaptation of all time.
Ever After follows the tale of Danielle De Barbarac, who is forced into servitude by her step-mother after her father suddenly dies. Danielle, played by the luminous Drew Barrymore, is a modern-day version of the character of Cinderella, who happens to live in Renaissance-era France. The thing that Ever After does with the tale of Cinderella that makes it different from your average fairy tale adaptation is that it makes the characters real, it makes Cinderella (Danielle) into a hero in her own right, it makes the prince a person instead of an archetype, and it tells a real love story.
Here are just a few of the reasons it still holds up to this day!: