DISNEY'S "CINDERELLA" MOVIE REVIEW
I was provided with 2 VIP press passes to view this movie for review purposes.
My personal thoughts are 100% my own!
If you are at all thinking about going to see Cinderella in the movie theaters I definitely think that you should. I took one of my friends with me to this screening and both of us walked out of the theater talking about how much we absolutely loved it. To us, it was just that good. We both loved Maleficent and thought that Disney did an amazing job with bringing that movie to life so we definitely had high hopes with Cinderella. I did especially since Cinderella was always one of my top favorite Disney cartoons that I watched constantly as a child. If you enjoyed Maleficent as well then you to will probably not be disappointed either.
Let us talk about those gorgeous costumes. Oh My God were they gorgeous and brought life to the characters. They were so vibrant and gorgeous that they just screamed fairy tale to me. I mean come on, Cinderella's fairy godmother has white lace wings attached to the back of her bodice. Can I have a pair please? They literally left no detail untouched and pulled out all the stops for these costumes. Cinderella's ball gown was so amazing and beautiful and the perfect shade of blue. The added butterflies just topped it off. And her wedding gown, oh my, simple yet still incredibly stunning. I may never get married one day but I still want my own copy of that dress.
The acting was definitely not over the top or under played and I the casting for these characters was pretty spot on I think. Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother did such an amazing job bringing her character to life. But she does that with any character she portrays. She literally had me forgetting who she was as a person and all I saw was the Stepmother. I love her as an actress but she definitely had me hating her character. Those playing her daughters did so well playing ditsy mean airheads I loved it and they seriously reminded me of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.
Lily James as Cinderella was definitely well casted. I'm used to her playing Rose on Downton Abbey but loved her in this role. She just has this sweet and innocent look to her that is definitely Cinderella and definitely helped her pull of this role. I wasn't too sure at first if I would like her as Cinderella and be convinced but after watching the movie she definitely convinced me that she was right for the role.
Can we just talk about how gorgeous Richard Madden, the Prince, is in this movie and in general. *sigh* After being so used to watching him int Game of Thrones all scruffy and a tad bit dirty, I got rather accustomed to that look on him. While I still do, this nicely cleaned up, shaved and wearing fancy clothes version of him is definitely gorgeous. And oh man are those blue eyes breathtaking. Him and Lily James have so much chemistry on screen whether it's real or just incredible acting but it payed off as I was wrapped up in their romance story, believing in it and loving every minute of it.
Helena Bonham Carter wasn't in the movie for that long but for the time that she was I absolutely loved her portrayal of Cinderella's fairy godmother. She was kind of spacey and tralala but had me laughing the entire time. It was like she was doing everything for the first time and hoping it all turned out alright. The only thing that I didn't entirely like about her character is she must of had some false teeth in because they looked a bit funny plus they made her talk a bit off. But it kind of brought a different view to her character which is probably exactly what they were going for. And that blonde wig was definitely the topper on her character which was really nice to watch as I have been used to seeing her weekly as the crazy Bellatrix Lestrange. Change is good.
We all, or a mass majority of us, know the story of Cinderella like the back of our hands and while this movie brought that exact story to life, it also brought a few different unexpected things to it. The fact that this live action movie isn't verbatim to the animated version and they added a few different scenes of their own making actually made the movie even better in my opinion. It was like the movie was the same yet wasn't at the same which I think is great. It breaks up the monotony and keeps you wondering. I mean, if it was exactly like the animated version what would be the fun in that.
If you go see any movie this weekend you should definitely go and see Cinderella and see these gorgeous glass slippers on the big screen.
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.
Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”
When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress.
Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
Runtime: 105 min
CINDERELLA opens nationwide on Friday, March 13, 2015.
AUTHOR: Kimberly Fouché