CINDERELLA is strong-willed, traditional and completely magical!

In Movie, Review by Chris

Cinderella Movie PosterLive-action remake of Cinderella is such a pleasant experience for boys and girls, showcasing a strong-willed woman beating the odds.

I wanted to say a few quick words about Disney’s Frozen Fever. Disney has given Frozen fans a special treat with their short film that runs just before the feature film. It’s funny, catchy and awesome. Animators didn’t give us any easter eggs, but they knocked it out of the park with the final gag that sees Hans getting his just deserts. To top thing off, Disney has officially announced Frozen 2!

From talking mice to a masterfully placed Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella is not only faithful to its animated inspiration, it is a love letter to your childhood. The story of Cinderella is very well-known, I won’t dig too deep here, only to say this version does a better job supplying some sort of backstory. Cinderella’s plight is very real but her devotion to always being kind and courageous is unwavering.

Kenneth Branagh, known for his Shakespearean work, brings a delicate touch to the classic tale of “Cinderella”. He throws caution to the wind avoiding potential socio-political tangents and focuses his attention on the film’s recurring message, “Have courage and be kind, and all will be well.” I think that same mantra went into the filmmaking process as well. The director hand-picked Lily James (Downton Abbey) to play his princess. James absolutely delights, commanding every scene we’re so lucky to experience. But that’s not to say her supporting cast is insufficient. Kate Blanchett plays the deliciously evil step-mother to perfection and those despicable stepsisters (played by Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger) are fantastic, though underused.As a huge (not big), HUGE fan of Game of Thrones, we also get some time with Richard Madden as the Prince. He’s a handsome dude with a kind heart setting the stage for a grand romance with Cinderella!

Parental Notes

There are three character deaths in the film. None of them graphic in nature, but the theme is presented. Otherwise, Cinderella is perfect for all families. I took my 3-year-old and he has fallen in love with this classic tale.