Cinderella is a new, live action take on the classic fairytale of the same name. This is the story of Ella (Lily James), whose widowed father remarries a woman with two daughters. When her father dies unexpectedly, Ella’s life dramatically changes at the hands of her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, who make her their servant and cruelly refer to her as Cinderella. Despite the mistreatment, Cinderella remains kind and giving, until one day she has enough and leaves the castle. While traveling through the woods, she meets a handsome young man (Richard Madden) whom she believes to be an apprentice in the kingdom. When Cinderella tries to go to the kingdom’s ball to see him, her stepmother forbids it. But with a little magic and the help of a fairy godmother, Cinderella makes it just in time to see the prince. Cinderella is the bell of the ball, turning heads the moment she walks in the room. The prince recognizes her immediately and they dance the night away, oblivious of anyone else. Of course, the magic only lasts so long and Cinderella is forced to leave before the stroke of midnight. In her haste to leave the ball, she leaves a single glass slipper behind. The prince, who has fallen in love with the beautiful girl, searches every home in the kingdom to find the girl that fits in the glass slipper. Lily James does a wonderful job as Cinderella. She looks and acts the part, bringing life to the character. Richard Madden delivers a great performance as well. Cate Blanchett brings the whole film together as the evil stepmother, with an air of superiority and a twist to the classic interpretations, as she does not start out being evil. The settings and costumes used in the film are beautiful and bring the enchanting setting to life. The costumes really brought a grounded sense of the kingdom, making it feel real, but are fantastic and elaborate enough to look like a fairy tale. Disney did a great job incorporating classic pieces of the animated film into the live action version. They worked to include the magic mice, but they didn’t focus too heavily on them at all. I enjoyed these nods to the animated version and the original story, but appreciated the fact they didn’t go overboard as it could have taken away from the film. Disney’s newest version of this fairytale is as good as the original Disney animated film. It’s a film that parents can bring their children to and still enjoy themselves. I thought that it surpassed the animated movie in some ways because it provided more backstory to the characters and helped the audience better connect with their emotions. If you are going to see a movie this weekend, go see Cinderella, especially if you have a child, both of you will have an enchanting time!
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.