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