Runtime: 105 minutes
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter
Note: This is available on Now TV at the time of this review
(This is a review of the 2015 live action version.)
OK! First thing’s first. One thing that’s always bothered me about Cinderella was that glass shoe.
How improbable is it that nobody in the ENTIRE kingdom has the same shoe size as Cinderella?! (And that he wouldn’t recognize her, but we’ll ignore that!)
But fear not, dear readers! I have FIGURED IT OUT! Are you ready?
MAGIC! Yes, that’s right, magic. The magic glass shoe belongs to Cinderella. So! Even if a girl had the same shoe size as her, it still wouldn’t fit because of the magic. HA, all is right for the world. (Can’t believe it took this long for this to occur to me.)
Anyway, to my actual thoughts to the film.
WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO WATCH THIS?! WHY?!
I have a horrible, horrible thing to admit… I liked this better than the original, animated Cinderella. I mean, the one thing I missed from the original is the songs, but I’m not sure if they would’ve suited this version of the film. Maybe, I don’t know. \o/
I loved the original as a child, but the live action felt more realistic and I adored this Cinderella more. I felt she was a stronger person.
Lily James is an AMAZING Cinderella. She was realistic and my heart ached for her all the time. I was in tears at times.
Something I also love is that they didn’t make the step-mother and sisters ugly. I also liked that the step-mother had reasons for being the way she was, (still not OK though -_-). She was a fully formed character, not just evil for the sake of it.
From the beginning, I knew I was going to love this. It starts perfectly. The introduction seamless and not taking up took long to get to the meat of the story. It continued on this way. There is nothing I don’t like about this film.
I watched Maleficent previously to this and the tightness and smoothness of this film is what I wanted from Maleficent to be.
Disney are doing a brilliant job with the retelling of these stories and I love them as live actions too.
To sum up, Really well told, Amazing actresses, More realistic, Stronger Cinderella
Was it worth the watch? Yes
Would I re-watch? Yes
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