Folks! Shake out that ball gown, dust off those glass slippers and get ready for some magic!
Cinderella is back on the big screen. Though you may know what happens in this tale, you will want to watch the telling of this classic fairytale with your loved ones or on your own!
Release Date: Friday, March 13, 2015.
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anozie and Stella Skargård
Director: Kenneth Branagh.
Running Time: 1 hour; 52 minutes.
Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance, Fantasy.
Rating: PG – Parents, there is not much to shield your little ones’ eyes from in this flick!
What is Cinderella About?
For those of you who may have never heard off or read the classical fairytale, Cinderella is about a young girl who lived a loving and enchanted life with her family and the animals around her home until her mother suddenly dies. Cinderella’s father then remarries and Cinderella ends up with a step-mother and two step sisters added to her home. After her father dies, Cinderella’s step-mother and step-sisters take over her home, and mistreat her by making her become their servant. When a ball is announced to find the prince of the kingdom a bride from all of its available maidens, Cinderella is not able to attend the ball because her step-sisters destroy her gown. Once her step-family have headed off to the ball, Cinderella got the surprise of her life that magically changed her life!
What Should Parents Look Out For In Cinderella?
Violence – There was a bit of shoving and pushing, mostly done by Cinderella’s step-sisters.
Thrills and Chills – There is a carriage ride that gets a bit daring for a few moments, but it adds to the thrill of the scene.
What Did We Think About Cinderella?
Overall, it was a good film. The filmmakers did a great job at getting the audience swept away from their seats in the theatre into the story that was unfolding on the screen. Since most people knew what was going to happen, there were no big surprises where the storyline was concerned; just a few twists here and there to explain how certain things happened throughout this tale.
Where the look of the film was concerned, it was a gorgeous one to watch! From sweeping shots of the kingdom, to various scenes within Cinderella’s home, this film was a delight to behold! There were times that I wished I go exploring through some of the sets to see what I would find.
The costumes were fun to see as well! Cinderella’s step-sisters had some fun and colourful dresses to wear. The costume designers also dressed Cinderella well in both her everyday peasant girl outfit and her beautiful blue ball gown. The glass slippers looked gorgeous! I really loved them, and wished I could try them on. Cate Blanchett stole the film in her costumes throughout the film! There were some costumes that were so stunning that I would want to wear them all the time!
Speaking about Cate Blanchett, she also did an amazing job as Cinderella’s step-mother. Besides looking gorgeous, Blanchett was mean, she was cruel, and she was every bit as devious as you would expect the step-mother in this story to be. I could not wait for her character to get her comeuppance at the end of the film!
Lily James was a great Cinderella. She was innocent and daring when her character needed to be. Though I have heard seen and read this tale many times, James was still made me empathize with Cinderella’s plight, then cheered when her wish came true.
My other favourite part of this movie had to be Helena Bonham Carter! She is always a delight to watch on big screen. It was also great to see her as the fairy godmother instead of a dark, shadowy character. I loved how this fairy godmother was not so perfect, and she was a bit of a bumbler. It helped to make this tale different, and it made the audience laugh. I just wished Bonham Carter was in the film for a longer period of time, as she was a joy to watch.
There were a few scenes I was not a fan of. One of them had to be when Cinderella met the Prince. It did not seem as though these two characters would have met this way, or that they would have spoken to each other as they did. It just felt wrong and out-of-place for this movie.
I rated Cinderella a 4 out of 5!
It had me wanting to be a part of the film. If a film can do that, along with make a little girl dance as though she was attending the ball while the movie was on, then it is one that everyone will enjoy!
For more information about Cinderella, go to: http://movies.disney.com/cinderella
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