Once upon a time there was a feisty young woman who didn't sit around twiddling her pretty thumbs and singing "Someday My Prince Will Come." That's the revisionist spin on Cinderella,
and it twirls very nicely. Poor orphaned Cinderella, a 16th-century French girl
who loses her beloved father and gains a just-short-of-wicked stepmother and two horrid stepsisters on the same awful day, is now called Danielle (Drew Barrymore). Her widowed father (Jeroen Krabbe), a free thinker who encouraged Danielle to read, speak her mind and treat all people as equals, has
a fatal heart attack shortly after marrying the elegant Baroness Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston), who longs ...