CINDERELLA/FROZEN FEVER – REVIEW

Review

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Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anozie
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Running Time: 113mins
Cert: PG

Before we get to the loveliness that is Kenneth Branagh’s rendition of Cinderella we will touch on the little let down that was the highly anticipated Frozen short, Frozen Fever.

Im one of the biggest Frozen fans out there but i expected more from Disney. Considering the magnitude of dare i say the Frozen Fever that swept the world, there was no reason why the short couldnt have held a bit more punch.

Its cute and sweet and shows another side to Elsa but lacks as many laughs and substance and trust me, even in a short this can happen. Have you seen Paperman? Awesome!

Either way, Frozen Fever is lacking any kind of heat.

NOW! Onto the meat and veg of the post: Cinderella!

As much as i was sceptical about seeing another take on the classic rags to riches story, i am an avid Disney fiend and so off i went. Im glad i did as this version is wonderfully done. Lily James is a good Cinders, if admittedly a bit too breathy for a grown woman but it does its job. Richard Madden as the Prince is the best part of this film! Buy it on DVD/Blu Ray simply to pause on the elongated seconds that they hold his pearly whites on screen. He’s too hot for words. Move over Robb Stark, theres a new King now!

Accompanying the lead roles are an hilarious and appropriate support cast led by Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother who wears some breathtaking outfits! The stepsisters are hilarious as well as Helena Bonham Carter’s fairy godmother who provide the majority of the laughs but overall, there is no scene that is not entertaining for its own reasons. Whether sad or funny, the film is well paced and beautifully shot.

Familiar elements are taken from the animated Disney version as well as the original fairytale that all come together to make a fresh new outing for a well know tale. The slight changes in character dynamic are surprising but acceptable and even needed in the case of the Prince’s relationship with his father which is toooo cute.

From the costumes to the landscapes and special effects, Cinderella is visually stunning and just lovely to watch.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – REVIEW

 

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Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Rating: 18
Time: 125mins

Ive said it before and ill say it again: Fifty Shades of Grey is a terrible book. Its written terribly, the story is basic and only really held together by the complexity of the enigmatic, sexy and yes, extremely wealthy Christian Grey.

Now, bare this in mind when going to see the film if you decide to as if you have no high expectations, you will not be disappointed. Fifty Shades is exactly what it should be in my opinion: a bit of cheeky fun. Imagine going to a party and dancing the night away to every Steps, NSync or Spice Girls song and thats what a trip to the movies to see this is all about: guilty pleasure. You shouldn’t like Christian but you do. You shouldn’t want him to slap fifty shades out of Anastasia but you do and thats the fun of it!

As so many have slandered this movie i have decided to take a more positive stance simply because i honestly didn’t think it was that bad. Sure, the dialogue is horrendous but thats excusable because E. L James – the writer of Fifty Shades if you didn’t know -apparently wanted all her words to stay the same regardless of the fact that noone would ever talk like that to each other. Another big fault unfortunately is Christian. From being the single element that makes the books worth reading, Jamie Dornan to me, takes the fun out of Christian and im actually in Ana’s corner. Dakota Johnson is awesome as the shy and virginal Miss Steele who even with that shit hair style makes it believable that he should want her. She cries well, she makes the Ana-drunk-on-a-night-out scene hilariously good and she’s not afraid to show a little titty.

Speaking of titties and leaving the actors behind, lets get to the good stuff: The Sex. Overall, its well spaced and positioned i.e not just sexing all over the house at every given second and not too dragged out. There is sufficient nudity from Dakota and even a little suggestive side penis from Jamie. My favourite scene being when he has sex with her in her apartment. Some saucy stuff there i tell ya! Arch your back girlfriend! Arch your back! 😆 The only part that was disappointing for me was the final beating scene for reasons i wont say so as not to spoil it.

Other than that, its filmed beautifully. The beginning made me think if a thriller, very intense and mood filled. Editing is decent with interesting scenes, the most notable being the scene when they discuss the terms of the contract. Interesting stuff. The score is awesome, will definitely invest in that and all the cheeky elements of the book that had you falling in love with Christian as well such as Charlie Tango and the gliding experience in Georgia were all shown to perfection.

Before wrapping up, i wanted to touch on the supporting cast who don’t provide much support especially if your name is Rita Bora sorry, Ora. Could this women be any more irrelevant? With her one and a half immaterial line that had you wondering if she was even still in the room. Im shudder at the thought of her playing a bigger role in the sequels!

All in all, if you go to see Fifty Shades of Grey with an open mind to some fun and frolicking in mind then i think you will thoroughly enjoy it. For those who have not read the book, certain elements will of course be lost on you as the deeper psyche of Christian is not fully explored or displayed by Dornan. In the film he is 100% a stalker. In the books, sure he’s a bit intense but there is an understanding that fails to carry onto the silver screen.

Going to watch it expecting to see a romance/erotica penned by a Bronte sister mixed with Jackie Collins is undoubtedly going to leave you disappointed. Watch it to see some titties and you wont be 😛