“Cinderella” brings in a new character, Princess Gwen (Tallulah Greive), who’s very clearly a medieval equivalent of a progressive person.
In this modern retelling, a princess is added to the royal family, whose main purpose in the story is to present an alternative for the King (Pierce Brosnan) to put next in line for the throne. Sadly, he uses Princess Gwen (Tallulah Greive) to threaten his son to behave.
Princess Gwen has very few lines and most of them are just her breaking awkward silences by trying to talk about her progressive ideas, which have clear references to modern issues like climate change and war profiteering.
At one point Gwen asks, “Why are we spending money on catapults when we have so many already? It really just benefits the catapult makers.”
She’s also described as the “people’s princess” despite never hanging out with the people outside the palace.
If this only occurred once, it may have been a funny moment, but the rate at which it happens makes it almost seem like “Cinderella” is mocking these progressive ideas, at worst. At best, it’s just an unsucessful update to the classic story.