This movie may not seem like a “Cinderella” story at first glance, but its themes of romance, royalty, rags to riches, and a damsel in distress make it another adaptation of the well-known story. This version of “Cinderella” explores what would happen if Cinderella (named Buttercup in this story) were not happy with her “Prince Charming.” In this story, the prince is not the hero but instead is the villain, forcing Buttercup to marry him even though she is in love with another man. Buttercup’s true love, Wesley, must rescue her from the prince who is planning to murder Buttercup after they are married. Despite the untraditional hero, the story contains the traditional dependent female and “happily ever after” once Wesley saves Buttercup from evil and marries her.
How does the twist of making the prince a villain affect the story? Does it make the heroine any stronger or does it further point out her inability to defend herself as she is shuffled around from one man to another?