“Cinderella” (2015)


MOVIE THEATER MOVIE REVIEW: “Cinderella” stars Lily James (Wrath of the Titans, Broken), Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, A Promise), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, The King’s Speech), Nonso Anozie (The Grey, Atonement), Stellan Skarsgard (The Avengers, Good Will Hunting), Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, Underworld: Evolution), Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey, Waterloo Road), Holliday Grainger (Jane Eyre, The Borgais), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, Murder by Numbers), and Hayley Atwell (Captain America: First Avenger, The Duchess). It is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie, Henry V). Taking from the classic Disney cartoon, this movie centers on a young woman named Ella (James) who is treated as a servant by her awful stepmother (Blanchett) and her daughters, Drisella (McShera) and Anastasia (Grainger) ever since her father died. Everything turns around for her though when a royal ball takes place by the Prince (Madden) who is seeking a bride. With the help of her Fairy Godmother (Carter), she is able to attend the ball, and have the night of her dreams.


Two words sum up this movie: traditional and charming. My grandma told me that it is one of the best movies that she has ever seen in a long time, so I didn’t have low expectations, but I was skeptical because of the fact that they are trying to restart a classic movie, which usually doesn’t end well, resulting in me not having high expectations. This movie, overall, is a treat. Even though I knew the whole story of “Cinderella”, this movie had quite a bit of different qualities to it, and for the most part, they improved it. It gave a back story to Cinderella’s parents and it even gave the Prince more of a part. The acting great, with many of names I don’t know. Lily James played a fantastic Cinderella, bringing innocence and a like able nature to her role. Cate Blanchett, in my opinion, was the best because she acted just like the stepmother did in the classic cartoon. She made me want to hate her character, a sign that she did well. The special effects were amazing and “magical” as well. I would think that the cons of this movie would be how you can nit-pick at a bunch of things that happen in this movie. Like how they all saw Cinderella at the ball, but yet they didn’t know what she looked like after, or how she couldn’t simply tell the Prince her name because of the bell tolling, even though she had time to tell him of a great evening she had. It’s what to expect though, especially since it is taking after the original. This movie gives a pleasant experience, bringing back how princess movies should be, and giving off a calm presence for the whole family to enjoy. FINAL SCORE: 89%= Juicy Popcorn Here is the trailer:

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