Movie Review: Cinderella

Cinderella is a 2015 romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh. The story was inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault with many borrowed elements from Walt Disney's 1950 animated musical film of the same name. The film stars Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger, and Helena Bonham Carter. The film was released on March 13, 2015 and is expected to be a box office hit.


The story goes like this: The story of "Cinderella" follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming "Kit." Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever.

Cinderella is of drama, romance, fantasy, adventure genre, which runs for approximately 112 minutes. It's rated PG in most countries for mild thematic elements. To be honest, I didn't know who were the actors for this specific film but since it's a Disney Classic, I still decided to watch it. It's Cinderella for Christ's sake! What I really love about the film is that it stuck to the original storyline unlike last year's Maleficent. Moreover, the acting of Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Helena Bonham Carter are really commendable. It's a must see for every family. Children and adult alike will surely enjoy watching this movie.

frozen fever

And oh, as a bonus for watching Cinderella, there is this computer-animated short film called Frozen Fever shown before the feature film. Like the original Frozen, it was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. It is a sequel or spinoff to Frozen, which stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. Here's the plot summary: It's Anna's birthday and Elsa plans to throw her the perfect surprise party with the help of Kristoff and Olaf. However, after planning the huge party and as Anna is being led on a "party treasure hunt," Elsa finds that she has caught a cold. She starts sneezing and produces a group of small, cute snow people, much like Olaf, with each sneeze. After some near-misses, a very exhausted Elsa finally makes it with Anna to the courtyard where the party has been arranged. It is a big hit, and at last Anna manages to convince Elsa into letting her to lead her to bed and take care of her. Meanwhile, Olaf has taken the tiny snow creatures under his wing and takes them to Elsa's ice castle with the help of Kristoff.

RATING: 5 out of 5 STARS


Til then...

xoxo Nash


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