the live action retelling of the classical folk tale stars Lily James (Downtown Abbey, Wrath of the Titans) as Cinderella, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit) as the evil stepmother, and Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club) as the Fairy Godmother. The film was directed by kenneth Branagh (Thor).
The premise of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.
Review: At first, I was not necessarily convinced that a Cinderella live action film would be interesting but Kenneth Branagh at the director’s chair & Cate Blanchett as the stepmother made me rethink my position. The project became less of a silly little film with these two on board.
Cinderella was a beautiful film, very tasteful, colorful, touching and classy. It’s a very different Cinderella but it had the spirit of the animated film. The stepmother, Cinderella herself, and the prince were different, they had more substance, they multidimensional and that’s mostly true for the stepmother and the prince. They are not filling up space, they were more than just window dressing the Cinderella show. The stepmother made more sense, you could actually understand how she came to be that b*tch in Ella’s life. The prince is no longer a pretty boy whose name no one bothers to mention, he’s a character with hopes and dreams, and sliver of personality to make him interesting. They even played off the fact that a girl confined to the attic, who likes
talking to animals is a bit weird – cute weird but weird still -, which made the movie feel real while managing to keep the magic and the wonder intact.
The ensemble cast really elevated the film, they embodied the characters we came to know and love but portrayed them in quite a unique way. So like millions, I guess you’ve watched the film what did you think?
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