Critic’s Rating – 3/5
Star Cast – Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgard, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Ben Chaplin, Sophia McShera, Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter
Director – Kenneth Branagh
Genre – Romantic Fantasy
Running time – 113 minutes
“Happily Ever After….”
Plot – An intense movie, not a musical is this version of the story of Cinderella. It is not a cartoon but a live action film. A young girl Ella (Lily James) loses her mother as a child and her father when she is older. The young Prince (Richard Madden) also loses his Father. Cinderella is a kind, beautiful and completely dutiful young woman who has to suffer at the hands of the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her two daughters Drizella (Sophia McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger). One night trying to stay warm as she is treated as a servant andf forced to sleep in the attic, she sleeps next to a fireplace and wakes up with her face covered in cinders, thus she becomes Cinderella.
Cinderella rides away one day and the Prince finally meets her and he is transfixed by her beauty. And here starts the classic old story of Cinderella, the Fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter), the glass slippers, and the magical hour of midnight. The Grand Duke (Stellam Skarsgard) is sent out to find the owner of the shoe and finally the Prince and Cinderella are reunited.
Movie Scan – Cinderella has one unbelievable thin waist, helped by that corset no doubt. Everything about the visuals in the movie is amazing with breath taking vistas. Some of the behaviour is rather harsh. Charles Perrault, the French author is responsible for the recreated story of Cinderella having been written in 1697. For children, it an absolute must watch but parents, do accompany them for they may get scared by some of the theatrics.