Cinderella: Movie Review

Hello, Pixie Pals! Sarah Diamondswirls here. 😀

I am extremely sorry for such a late review. Actually, the movie released on the 20th of March in the place where I live and I went to watch it just yesterday. So, without further procrastination, I present to you the review of Disney’s latest live-action version of Cinderella.

Ella’s malicious step-mother and step-sisters dub her ‘Cinder’ella because they have converted the once well-off beauty into their slave. She now has to sleep by the fireplace to get warm, wears filthy clothes and gets only a few crumbs of food to eat. How long can Ella hang in?

Cinderella bids goodbye to her father

Cinderella bids goodbye to her father

Happy Childhood No More Happy

Young Ella (Lily James) lives in a huge mansion with her doting mom (Hayley Atwell) and successful traveling salesman dad (Ben Chaplin).  When mom passes away, dad re-marries and yes, you guessed it right- the step-mother is really evil! She is Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) who can only think about herself and her snobby daughters Anastasia (Holiday Grainger) and Drizella (“Downton Abbey’s” Sophie McShera). When Ella’s dad also passes away on a business trip, she has to let go of her posh room and all the comforts and luxuries she previously enjoyed. The girl is now moved to the servants’ quarters as her step-mom lets the domestic help go.

Lady Tremaine

Lady Tremaine

Meanwhile, At the Palace

A young, handsome prince (Richard Madden) called “Kit” by his dad the king (Derek Jacoby) is struggling with his ailing dad’s command that he should marry soon and to royalty in order to secure the throne. While he goes for hunting and riding into the woods, he meets Cinderella who has ridden there to escape her awful life. She insists he not kill a deer and wins his heart before riding away not having given him her name.

The King with his son whom he calls 'Kit'

The King with his son whom he calls ‘Kit’

Why Can’t I Go?

Hoping to meet the girl in the woods again, Kit asks the King to organize a grand ball where he would choose his bride and invite all maidens of the kingdom- rich and poor alike. Lady Tremaine is confident that the prince would choose one of her own daughters. Ella cannot buy a new gown so she re-designs her mom’s old one, only to be laughed at. She thus can’t attend the ball and is left at home- miserable and heartbroken.

Costumes for the ball

Costumes for the ball

Fairy Godmother to the Rescue

Ella’s mom always believed in fairy godmothers, and Ella’s misery summons hers (played by Helena Bonham Carter). And of course, you know the rest: Pumpkin carriage, a duck for a driver and lizards as footmen. Also, a lovely ball gown and gorgeous glass slippers, and of course, the ‘be home by the final stroke of midnight’!

Cinderella with her fairy godmother

Cinderella with her fairy godmother

The Ball, the Plan, The Search

Ella blows away everyone at the ball, especially the prince. Everything goes perfectly: They dance, they fall in love and the glass slipper gets left on the steps. The prince starts searching for the owner of the shoe while stepmom hatches a plan with an evil Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgard) to make sure that no matter who the price marries, she and her daughters be well off and Ella will get nowhere near her own slipper! Will fate bypass all the evil plotting and give Ella her prince? What do you think?

Lady Tremaine and Grand Duke plot

Lady Tremaine and Grand Duke plot

Wrapping Up

Barring a little added evilness from the stepmom and a palace official, the rest of the original Classic Disney Story remains intact, and so we get to see live-action counterparts of characters like Gus Gus the adorable mouse and Lucifer the stalking cat. Watching animals turn into carriage drivers and footmen is a treat for the eye with modern CGI techniques that make the after midnight race for home a delight for the audience.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Lily James makes a very sympathetic Cinderella and you immediately connect with her.  She and prince actor Richard Madden do actually seem to be falling in love. Ella takes her horrible demotion to a servant after her dad’s death with grace and a smile on her face and it’s a really long time before she finally speaks up for herself. In modern times, you might expect her to freak out and say, “There’s no way I would do all your dirty work! Get someone else!”. But what strikes me is  that she doesn’t expect the prince to save her, and literally tells him, ‘I’m poor but I can get away from it myself”. Girl power all the way!

Cinderella is beautiful even as a maid

Cinderella is beautiful even as a maid

Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett does a remarkable job as the greedy stepmom who lost everything before she married Ella’s dad and doesn’t intend to let it happen again. She portrays just the right combination of pride and evilness without seeming monotonous. Stepsisters are silly more than evil.  Helena Bonham Carter’s fairy godmother is just edgy enough to be cool. The moral this time is that you should be courageous and kind no matter what comes your way and everything shall be fine.

Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother

Along with the film in the theaters we also catch the animated-short Frozen Fever in which Anna’s frosty elder sister Elsa and buddies plan an extravaganza birthday party for her which turns silly and sort of ugly when Elsa catches a bad cold and her many sneezes turn into….well, snot people (no worries, they are cute!). Even though it doesn’t match the feat of Disney’s Frozen, Frozen fans will nevertheless be delighted, and the short film is real fun.

Elsa wakes up Anna on the morning of her birthday

Elsa wakes up Anna on the morning of her birthday

Overall, Cinderella is an attempt at modernizing the original Cinderella tale. It’s good enough for young audiences to identify with the characters. You should watch it for some great performances from the actors, and also for Frozen fever.

Cinderella Movie Rating:4

Cinderella Posterrrrrrrrr

Cinderella Poster

Have you watched the movie or are planning to watch it? if not, why so? Tell me in a comment, below 😀

Sarah Diamondswirls ❤

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10 responses to this post.

  1. As always – such a wonderful review, Sarah! 😀

    I definitely want to see this movie soon, and the bonus of seeing Frozen Fever beforehand will make it extra enjoyable 😉

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  2. Posted by Carrie Tuliptwist on March 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    YAY

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  3. Cool – going to see it this weekend! 😀

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  4. Hey Sarah. ❤ Today I went to see Cinderella, and you were right; it's really good. 🙂 I also really enjoyed Frozen Fever. 😀

    Reply

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