With modern style remakes of Disney animated classics, I wonder what is next on the horizon. The latest to hit the big screen is the 2015 version of Cinderella. Although this film is not animated, the movie stays true to the original story. Like Maleficent, Cinderella was casted with a few big names in Hollywood. Personally, I am not one to jump at the opportunity to see a remake of an original Disney classic brought to life in theaters. As I age and my children grow, I’ve come to the realization this will be a common practice for me in the future. So, when my daughter requested we should see this film I couldn’t say no.
There is really no need to go in depth with the storyline for Cinderella. It is safe to assume most who read this review more than likely have seen the animated classic. So to be brief; young Ella (Lily James) is left in the care of her cruel stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters after her father takes a journey. When Ella’s father unexpectedly dies, Ella is forced to wait hand and foot on her stepmother and sisters. A sudden invitation to the palace ball gives Ella hope she may reunite with a charming stranger (Richard Madden) she met on a horseback ride. Ella’s stepmother refuses to allow her to attend the ball, which leads to a little help from Ella’s fairy-godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) who sparks a magical moment.
I have to give credit to Director, Kenneth Branagh for sticky to the original story for Cinderella. One thing I wasn’t too fond of in Maleficent was the slight twist. These Disney movies are simply perfection in the animated version, so there is no need to change things. When it comes to casting, I felt most roles were casted well. Cate Blanchett is amazing as always and really excels when playing an evil role. Blanchett knows how to be wicked to the bone. However, I was not to pleased with the casting for Lily James as Cinderella. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but she didn’t seem to be a perfect match for the role. In the animated film, Cinderella was more mature and Lily James was not in this film, just my opinion. However, the chemistry between Lily James and Richard Madden was fantastic. These two actors molded well with one another and brought the relationship to life. Another great thing Cinderella presented was a great display of wardrobe. Sandy Powell should really get good recognition for her costume designs.
If you are planning on seeing Cinderella in theaters consider a few things before hand. My personal recommendation for age would be 5 yrs or older. My 3 yr old was engaged with the film, but lost interest at times. Another thing to think about is; remember, this is not the animated film. Things are spiced up and extended to give the film more depth. I do recommend seeing the film in theaters and believe Disney fans will enjoy it.
I do recommend seeing Cinderella in theaters and believe Disney fans will enjoy it.