Hello fellow moviegoers!
Cinderella is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchet, Helena Bonham Carter, and Stellan Skarsgard. There is really no reason to explain what it is about because we all know the story of Cinderella. It's the story of a girl who is a servant to her wicked step-mother and step-sisters. They deny her the chance to go to a royal ball to potentially marry the prince and all seems lost until her fairy-godmother shows up and gives her the makeover of a lifetime. She heads to the ball with all her new and fancy stuff, but all the magic will wear off at midnight. How good of an adaptation is it? Is this the type of film you could take your five-year old niece to see?
I went into this movie not really knowing what to expect, and I was presently surprised! This is actually a pretty good film. You will genuinely enjoy it.
It walks a really fine line between being too realistic, and being way too silly, and it walked it so well. It is for the most part grounded in reality. Or, at least as realistic as Cinderella can be. There are no singing mice, but there is still that touch of magic that we can expect. The way they set up the type of world this is was so well done. It's not too hokey, but it's also not completely realistic.
There was one part that did get a little silly though. That was when the Fairy Godmother played by Helena Bonham Carter showed up. She was extremely silly and just felt so out of place. She kind of reminded me of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter. When watching that scene, you will find yourself counting the seconds until it's over so you can get back into the correct tone of the movie. Luckily, she actually is only in the movie for one scene so you can move on from that pretty quickly.
The acting was good. It was the kind of acting you would expect from a live-action fairy tale. The main actors, Lily James and Richard Madden, were fine in it. Lily James as Cinderella fit the movie and the tone it was going for. But you're not gonna walk out with your mind blown by that performance. The same goes for the Prince, played by Richard Madden.
This film is almost exactly what you would expect it to be. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. It is a fun family film that you can take your kids to, and actually kind of enjoy for yourself.
Are you a big fan of Cinderella? If so, what did you think of this rendition? Does this film raise or lower your expectations of the new Beauty and the Beast film? Let me know by commenting on this post!
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