105 Min. | Drama – Family – Fantasy | March 2015
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Staring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden
Cinderella Review: What sets “Cinderella” apart from the string of movies adapted from fairy tales and other popular literary works these days, is that it pays tribute with utmost respect to its original source material. Cinderella bears little effort to deviate from the animated classic of the same title, and obviously eyes young children as its target audience, making it hardly a reimagining, but plainly a retelling. Through this simplicity, though, the attempt works with immense success. Cinderella, unlike last year’s Maleficent’s dark take, is sprinkled with bright, vivid glistening colors. Even the stepmother and stepsisters are not as brutal and heartless as we’ve always remembered them from the fairytale.
Well, of course, one can’t expect these antagonists to be as kind as we’d like to imagine them to be, but still, that wicked stepmother we always knew, is missing. As always, central to any fairytale, is a lingering message of love, and all other similar anthems radiating around it. Surely, the same can be said with Cinderella, as it emphasizes courage and kindness. Perfection may not be totally applicable, nonetheless, Cinderella’s flaws are the very things that let those small yet perfect moments shine, the short yet magical encounter between Ella and the fairy god- mother, the first time she met the prince, and the royal ball dance. Added to that, is a little humor too, courtesy of the fairy godmother and the little creatures that assumed bigger forms (some in human) through her magic, and, surprisingly, the step sisters.
Cinderella is barely something new, but what makes it memorable is that it brings something we’ve always only imagined, into life, taking nothing from it or adding something to it to push the story off its original course. On moments when Ella and the prince are put into the spotlight, the musical score conjures its own magic to bring the magnitude of romance into magical levels. It will come across as just another story we love, but maybe that’s what makes it strike a chord, an experience worth going through again and again. Visually stunning and emotionally-charged, Cinderella hits home in delivering this universally loved story.