Cinderella tells the story of a young woman named ‘Ella’ who finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters when her father unexpectedly passes away. She is never one to give up hope, however, and her fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger that turns out to be the crown prince.
Everyone at least knows the basic tale of this film. Whether it be through the disney musical or through the Drew Barrymore film Ever After. Kenneth Branagh’s adaption proved to bring nothing entirely new to the table save for a quirkier, funnier fairy godmother in Helena Bonham Carter, and beautiful costume design. And not to mention Cate Blanchett stealing each scene that she finds herself in. She’s by far the best part of this film. I do have to applaud the casting of this film as Richard Madden, who played Prince Charming, seemed to fit his role like a glove.
Although this doesn’t happen to be the worst remake in Hollywood’s history. The industry does have a tendency, especially nowadays, to remake classics (hello Beauty and the Beast live action remake that I’m scared will ruin my favourite childhood film). There’s nothing original about this film, apart from it’s lack of musical numbers to accompany it. But to be quite honest, I don’t think I could’ve seen anyone else but Branagh to direct this film to bring a certain charming naive quality to the production. While many other smaller, lesser known live-action remakes lacked the heart many Disney films bring to their films, this adaption was genuine but nothing unique.
Would definitely recommend this film especially to the younger audiences and something to bring your little nieces to.