Cinderella II: Dreams Come True–When Your True Self Is More Magical Than True Fantasy

After years of being a girl covered in ashes and dust, Cinderella has found her true happy ending. Coming home from her honeymoon, she is greeted by her first task as a princess: to hold the palace’s beloved banquet. Not only she has to handle the ballroom’s decoration, the foods, the guests list, and the music, she also has to learn how to act like a proper princess.

Well, how hard can it be?

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is a story collection of Cinderella’s life after her marriage to the Prince Charming (note: does he really not have a name?). Released in February 2000, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True offers uncomplicated storyline, a sprinkle of magic, and a lesson (or maybe more) about how to accept yourself as you already are.

Not only the story about Cinderella’s effort to hold a banquet, the movie also presents the story of Jaq–Cinderella’s mouse friend–and Anastasia–Cinderella’s step sister–who deal with their insecurities and hurdles in personal lives. Jaq wants to be a human so that he can help Cinderella around the palace and Anastasia falls in love with a baker boy, a person that her mother would absolutely disapprove of.

While the conflict is nothing thrilling nor unpredictable, I find the overall movie to be pleasantly relaxing. I watched it together with my younger sister in the weekend. She is a teenager and I am, well, a young adult, but we had quite enjoyed the movie. Of course, the movie is nothing compared to the original Cinderella story. The soundtrack, although not so memorable, fits the movie just fine and distract us from paying attention to the scenes.

If seen through the perspective of a grown-up, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True might be dubbed as uninteresting or nothing special. To children, perhaps, the movie will do just fine to fill in their spare time or as a form of entertainment. In conclusion, it’s a simple movie about the daily occurrences in Cinderella’s and friends’ personal lives.

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