Cinderella is in theaters today and it’s a must see. You have to take your whole family to see this great re-make of a classic fairy tale. Disney is making the best live action creations of their beloved stories. Cinderella was always my favorite princess, it’s the first Disney movie I saw and and owned. I watched it over and over again and this new live action will have the same fate once it’s in my movie collection.
The Director Kenneth Branagh was asked to participate and he liked the storyline that was already chosen and felt that keeping it close to the original was the only way to go for him. He said, “I was captivated by the power of the story and felt I was in sync with the visual artistry that was being developed…..It’s a classic piece of storytelling where the central character goes on a journey that we can really identify with, so the texture and landscape of a great story was wonderful to play with as a director.”
Ella (Lily James) loses her mother at a very young age, on her death bed her mother told her to be brave and kind, to always be kind. Ella listned to her mother and always gave with her hand open wide. Her father remarried Lady Tremane (Cate Blanchett) and gained two stepsisters Anastasia (Hilliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera). Ella welcomed them into her home but as soon as her father left the house to go on a business trip, the stepmother sent her to the attic. It was one fateful day where Ella finally had enough of the evilness in her house and it looked like she was going to run away. That’s when she meets the prince (Richard Madden) who of course hid his identity from her and they fell in love at first site.
The Prince is well developed as a character. He understand war and how it affects people. He loses his father and is mature. He’s easy for Ella to interact with because they are kindred spirits in a way. The relationship in Cinderella are complex and deep. I cried every time someone died and in the end when the slipper went on her foot. There were moments of laughter and the mice in the story have their own little movie going on in the background. Kenneth Branagh mentioned that during his interview.
It really is a great movie and I highly recommend it.