Cinderella – A classic coming to life in a nicely done way
Did you know that in the original story, the stepsisters cut a part of their own foot so it could fit into the slipper.
Should I see it?
Cinderella is a family movie that everyone will appreciate, yes that includes you too mommy and daddy!
War of the Movies: 8.0/10
Directed by Keneth Branagh
Released on March 13, 2015
Running Time: 105 minutes
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
After the death of her father, a young girl living with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters make the acquaintance of a charming young man.
No matter what is your age, I think Cinderella is a story most of us knows. Ella is a girl who’s forced to live and obey to her Stepmother and two Stepsisters after her father died on his journey to work. The young woman then meets a Prince, they fall in love and live happily ever after. The fact that the story is so well-known makes it even more a challenge for the cast and crew. They need to captivate the watchers attention even if they can tell you the story by heart, they need to make us believe that it’s as if we discover Cinderella for the first time. I must admit the team did an admirable work on that point, not once was I bored or thought that some scenes could have been cut. The tone of the movie is light, playful and very pleasant to watch.
A good thing is that the movie didn’t fall into the kitsch side, something I was afraid of! Instead it delivers this fairy tale with a good steading flow. The script is purely Disney style and it shows all through the movie, with catchy phrases that are lessons that many adults should remember just as much as their children. What I like about Disney Live-Action is that they take the time to explain why certain characters are bitter or why they act a certain way, it gives you another perspective of the story which is a nice addition to the original story.
Lily James as Cinderella was good, she played her role well but didn’t give us the wow impression that I was expecting. It was the first time I saw Richard Madden as someone other than Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, and I must admit at the beginning I had trouble forgetting this role, but as the time passed, he manage to make me believe he could make a good Prince, so thumps up for that! I would have like to see more of Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, but like in the original Disney animated story, she’s only there to turn Cinderella into a Princess for the ball!
Still, even if many things make this movie a good one, what makes it get higher grade is no other than Cate Blanchett as the vile and cruel Stepmother. Simply brilliant, she plays her role so well that you detest her as much as Cinderella does even if you are not her personal maid! The way she looks and act as if you are pure dirt, wow.
If you want to watch a movie that’s closer to the real story written by the Brothers Grimm, watch Into the Woods instead, what happened to the Stepsisters in that movie is true to the Grimm’s work!
However, if you want to watch a light movie that is well done with good acting, Cinderella deserves your attention. Nothing original about the story, but I can guarantee you a good time at the theater.
The animation movie Cinderella has always been one of my least favorite movie by Disney, and I didn’t know what to except for the live-action one, but I’m more than happy to say I was greatly surprised!
Also, before the principal presentation, there is a short movie of about 8 minutes, Frozen Fever, based on the very popular movie Frozen. It’s Anna birthday and Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven prepare a surprise for her, unfortunately things don’t turn out the way they want to! Parents will laugh as much as their children will be absolutely captivated by this sweet story.