Based on: Charles Perrault’s Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper
Released (in theatres): March 13th 2015
(on DVD): October 2015
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Screenplay written by: Chris Weitz
Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, and Helena Bonham Carter
Have courage and be kind.
Where there is kindness, there is goodness. When there is goodness, there is magic.
What I loved
- Patrick Doyle has a brilliantly composed score, very classic and magical. Also, take it from experience that when you walk away, you’ll be humming “Lavender’s Blue,” the old folk song.
- It has these witty moments, like with the artist painting a portrait of the prince, that catch you off guard.
- The transformation scene is something truly magical.
- The acting was delightful, the costuming was phenomenal, and the set design was perfect.
- It was delightful to see Cinderella’s mother as a legitimate character that we could get to know.
- Helena Bonham Carter’s version of the Fairy Godmother was something to behold. She provided comic relief and a new twist on a very classic scene. Plus, her dress changed colors whenever she did magic. Can you say extraordinary?
- The Prince, Kit, became more than just charming. He became a character to fall in love with.
- I loved the mix of elements from a couple different Cinderella tales. I liked that we could see the iconic moments from the Disney animated film come to life and as well certain elements reminiscent of Ever After, in particular.
- There were none. It was more than I could have hoped for. The magic was palpable.
Would I Recommend?
Oh for sure. I had previously stated I would buy this as soon as it was out and I did during Black Friday when I could get a good deal on the Blu Ray. It’s now my second favorite version of Cinderella, the first being a tie of Roger & Hammerstein’s with Brandy and Ever After. The cinematography is brilliant and beautiful. It’s an enjoyable rendition with a few surprises that make it seem like you’re watching it for the first time. The entire film was a delight and I couldn’t stop smiling. This will be a movie that I know I’ll watch over and over (especially when I’m feeling sad).
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Tell me if you’ve seen this beautiful version. Did you love it like I did? Or do you prefer the older versions more?