When stepmothers kill the runway, and your glass slippers are too heavy ; Cinderella movie review

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I’m super excited to review Cinderella (2015) , because I’m a huge Disney fanatic. Cinderella is also one of my favorite Disney princess because her classic blue gown is chic. I like anything that sparkles, just like a cat, so I loved the glass slippers and matching gown, and I always thought that the fat mouse was adorbs!

Lily James is Cinderella in Disney's live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Lily James is Cinderella in Disney’s live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

 

The story of Cinderella has been told so many times, that we all know it by heart. Cinderella is a chore slave to her wicked step-mother and step-sisters, after losing both her parents. When the Prince extends an invitation to everyone in the kingdom to one of his exclusive balls, Cinderella ambitiously makes her own dress. Unfortunately, her step-mother is a consistent debbie downer, and she ends up with a torn dress and no way to get to the ball. Then her Godmother appears and magically summons a new outifit, glass slippers,  and a carriage as a ride. But Cinderella only has till midnight to have some good fun, because then everything returns to normal. She goes to the ball, loses her shoe, and then there’s a big search for her. Blah, blah, blah, happily ever after with the prince.

This film feels like a movie version of the animated film. I was crossing my fingers that they wouldn’t have strayed away too much from the original story and the almighty Disney gods heard me. See, I knew that this story would have alterations because at this point there has been so many re-makes, plays, books, etc, that there would have to be something to make it fresh and new.

In the story, Cinderella is devoted to her mothers dying wish that she would always have courage and be kind. The pact to be courageous, is what kept her strong. I like that they gave Cinderella’s actions purpose, because realistically, why else would she have continued to live a torturous life with her step-family? There is also a connection to the prince beyond looks. They both share a compassion and love for their parents. It’s like the story of Cinderella, but with purpose, and not just because. There are a few spoilers that I won’t share, but there were small changes  made to the original story and it made the film more realistic. I would recommend this film to anyone.

Here is why I give this movie a 8/10:

The Stepmother was Stylish.

Usually, these fairy tales have the exterior of the characters reflect what their insides really are.  The stepmother has always looked old and bitter.

Lily James is Cinderella and Cate Blanchett is the Stepmother in Disney's live-action feature CINDERELLA which brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Lily James is Cinderella and Cate Blanchett is the Stepmother in Disney’s live-action feature CINDERELLA which brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

 

Not in this case. Well, she looked bitter, but her outfits were very elegant and stylish. The Stepmother, who was none other then Cate Blanchett, was also very beautiful. I think we forget that there had to be a reason that Cinderella’s charming father decided to marry her. I have always doubted that she truly could have trapped Cinderella’s father with only fake attempts at having an outstanding personality. The Wicked Stepmother also had a growing jealous nerve for Cinderella’s deceased mother, which fueled her story.

The Stepsisters were still tacky.

The sisters always wore expensive clothing, but they have always been portrayed as tacky dressers. They were tacky and rude.


This is consistent in the 2015 version of Cinderella and I can’t say no to hating them.

Lily James is Cinderella, Holliday Grainger is Anastasia and Sophie McShera is Drisella in Disney's live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Lily James is Cinderella, Holliday Grainger is Anastasia and Sophie McShera is Drisella in Disney’s live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

 

Lily James was stunning in her performance. Minus a little smidgen.

Lily James is Cinderella in Disney's live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Lily James is Cinderella in Disney’s live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

 

I fell in love with Lily James, because she played the part of a charismatic and humble being so well. But there’s this one part, when she arrives at the ball, that she takes all these deep breaths, and you keep expecting something to happen and it doesn’t. That is my only complaint in regards to the acting. Because I like the film so much, I like to imagine her corset was too tight that day.

The Shoes were everything. They were everything I imagined for sure.

Glass slippers that didn’t look like cheap plastic, that’s a plus in my book. They do look a little heavy and not too comfortable. If she would have had had a runway throwdown against her stepmother, her shoes would be the star, but I can’t see Cinderella being able to strut in those heavy pieces of glass.

But If you dream of having a Cinderella slipper, Jimmy Choo has created a stunning glass pump inspired by the movie.

For Just $4595, you could have a pair of your own -> HERE

Don’t let that hefty price stop you now. lol

 

Who wouldn’t want Helena Bonam Carter as a fairy godmother?

No explanation needed.

Lily James is Cinderella and Helena Bonham Carter is the Fairy Godmother in Disney's live-action CINDERELLA, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Lily James is Cinderella and Helena Bonham Carter is the Fairy Godmother in Disney’s live-action CINDERELLA, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The prince fell in love with Cinderella for her pizzazz.

The Prince played by Richard Madden and Cinderella played by Lily James
The Prince played by Richard Madden and Cinderella played by Lily James

Despite the whole love at first sight thing, the Prince was interested in more then Cinderella’s good looks. She’s different from the other girls that want to marry him, because she’s not afraid to be herself. She seems a little strange, speaking of pumpkins and mice, but that intrigues him even more. It doesn’t hurt that the handsome Prince is played by Richard Madden. I’m a sworn Game of Thrones fan, so when Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark in GOT, was murdered, I took it hard. It gave me great joy to see that the slain Robb Stark was reincarnated as a prince. It may not be an Iron throne, but atleast he’s royalty.

Tell me your thoughts on this version of Cinderella? Any Cinderella fans out there?

 

Source: GIPHY/ Disney’s official photo gallery / Disney’s Movie Site

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