Monday, March 16, 2015
Cinderella Review: Homage to a Animated Classic
Many know the story of Cinderella, and this new movie follows that plot through and through. When Ella (Lily James) looses her mother (Hayley Atwell) and father, she is forced to do the bidding of her stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her stepsisters. After Tremaine prevents Ella from going to the ball, it seems all is lost for the young lady. However all of that changes when Ella's fairy godmother (Helen Boham Carter) appears and uses her magic to get Cinderella to the ball. Once she arrives, Cinderella and the Prince (Richard Madden) fall head over heels for one another; that is until things are cut short and Cinderella flees the castle and you know where things go from there.
It may not have be a new take on the classic tale, but Cinderella manages to be a worthy adaptation. While many elements were straightforward, I felt that this movie could stand on its own thanks to the details in its story; as well as the cast's characterizations of the timeless characters. Thanks to Kenneth Branagh's direction, this new take did the Cinderella story justice by creating a homage to the Disney Classic, while giving this live action rendition its own sense of magic.