Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Lily James, Hayley Atwell, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden
Genre: Family Adventure Drama
Country of Origin: USA 2015 112 mins.
Released by WALT DISNEY
'A visually dazzling update on the classic fairy tale.'
Dazzling costumes and interiors swamp the screen in Kenneth Branagh's revamped Walt Disney classic, 'Cinderella'.
'Have courage and be kind' are the last words uttered by Cinderella's (Hayley Atwell) mother before she dies and her loving daughter goes for it full-time. It's smile along, suffer in silence and be a good sweet girl. When her father (Ben Chaplin) remarries and Lady Tremaine (Cate Blancette) with the viper's tongue and daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) move into the family home it's all down hill. Can it get worse? Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, so it's venom full time. Ridiculed and now servant to her ghastly stepmother and her daughters, Cinders takes it all with a smile. She's not going for the don't take that girl, stand up for yourself. But all's not lost. Cinders meets dashing Kit (Richard Madden), a prince in disguise. He's bland but Cinders doesn't mind. The finale's in sight. Cinders horrible stepmother won't let her go to the ball and callously rips apart her dress. But all's not lost. Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and with a pumpkin and a few mice Cinders is off to the ball.
Cate Blanchette's wonderfully amusing as the oozing venom wicked stepmother and it's a nice touch to have Rob Brydon as the court painter, Master Phineus.
A traditional and visually dazzling family film with a romantic heart that treads carefully and sticks to the assured storyline.