Directed by Andy
Tennant (1998, 20th Century Fox)
Starring Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott and Angelica Houston
A prince falls in love with a peasant girl pretending to be of
noble blood, who fights off her
evil step-mother and step-sister.
February 2nd, 2008 on
DVD for the 5th time
Watching this movie for the 5th time
(has it only been that many?), I found myself wondering how they pulled
it off. There was not one slow moment in the entire movie. Every scene
left me thinking that this was five-star material, all the way through.
Most movies that follow the formula boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl,
boy-gets-girl-again have some sort of dull fight where nobody is
rational. This one had deception, of course, and she never managed to
tell him the truth, but it was because she was overwhelmed by him, and
her sudden elevation beyond her station. If asked to pick my favorite
moment in the movie, it would be very difficult, because I like them
all. I loved Danielle's character, from throwing an apple at the Prince,
to trying to carry him away from the Gypsies, to their talk on the beach
where she berates him ("why do you bait me?" she asks, and he responds
"why do you rise to the occasion?"). She is indeed the most
forward-thinking person (actually the most rational person) aside from
DaVinci -is always thinking outside the box.
So I went and bought the DVD, and it is
nice to have, mainly for the widescreen elements, which simply add to
the beauty of the shots. Once again, I just love this movie!
May 23rd, 2004 on
Video for the 4th time
I can't say that I was ever on the edge of
tears this time around (see below), but I still love this movie. I have been smitten
with Drew Barrymore for a very long time, now, and I think she is so
beautiful in this movie, with her gorgeous long hair, the way she
smiles, looks confused, and bites her bottom lip, and the way she looks
in the beautiful
gowns she gets to wear.
The movie is funny, tragic, and full of
love, all at the same time. I like the way they poke fun at the Disney
version of Cinderella ("some would say fairy godmothers and magic
pumpkins were closer to the truth..."), and the way Marguerite has
Instead of a fairy godmother, we get
Leonardo DaVinci, who is played wonderfully. Watching him walk on water,
or conspiring against the stepmother was terrific. He even makes
Danielle wings, so that she can soar (metaphorically) across the lands.
Speaking of stepmothers, Angelica
Houston does an amazing job being devious, snobbish, and doing
everything to try and get out of the provincial lands she finds herself
The countryside was beautiful, as were
the sets, especially the monks' library and the old ruins. The music
added to the beauty; I just love the main theme, and the royal ball.
The supporting cast also had great
roles, and knew not to take them too seriously! Gaston was great,
scheming because he knew Danielle's heart -telling the Prince that he
knew where the woman he was looking for was, having Danielle running
home to meet him! Jacqueline was fun, also, as the daughter who doesn't
get any respect. The short scene where she is dressed as a horse,
consorting with the Prince's guard around the buffet table, was hilarious.
It's unfortunate that the DVD doesn't
appear to come with any extras or behind-the-scenes information, such
that it doesn't seem worth buying. I suppose it would be worth it simply
for the widescreen and stereo components by themselves, but I really
think there should be more, since I already own the video version.
I know that so many people disagree
with me, but that doesn't stop me from loving this movie. And Drew, of
August 10th, 1999 on Video
for the 3rd time
There were times I was almost
in tears this time I watched it, from the sheer beauty and tragedy of it
all. The prince is very regal-looking, but also has the air of Han
Solo. A rogue every woman would fall for? I still think
adding DaVinci into the story was a brilliant
idea, and of course, this has to be Barrymore's best role in her career
March 19th, 1999 on Video
for the 2nd time
This is a story I will watch
over and over again. A wonderful romance. Barrymore is
gorgeous and aloof, as much as her step-mother is evil and conniving. The backdrop of an arranged marriage for the prince is nicely set, too. And DaVinci is wonderful!