Once upon a time, Ella lived a wonderful life with her father and mother. When Ella is still young, her mother passes away, urging her to remain kind and brave throughout the rest of her life. Several years later, her father marries a widow who has two daughters of her own and Ella keeps her promise to her mother. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes twice and Ella’s father also dies, leaving her alone with her step family, who treat her cruelly. When the palace announces a ball where the prince will choose his bride, Ella is forbidden to go. But with help from her fairy godmother and her own bravery, Ella makes her way to the ball, hoping to enjoy herself and, if chance allowed, meet the handsome prince.
Disney’s live action version of the fairy tale Cinderella remains faithful to the original story line, taking bits and pieces from different versions of the tale created over the years. Probably my favorite fairy tale, I was surprised how much I loved this version. One of my favorite parts of the movie is that they actually had the mice that are included in the animated version, as well as the cat, Lucifer, which many versions of the tale leave out.
I also loved all of the actors they chose for the leading roles. One of the main reasons why I wanted to see the movie is I’m a Downton Abbey fan and Lily James plays Rose. I love her in that show and so wanted to support her in this new role. I’m also a fan of Game of Thrones and kept forgetting that Richard Madden (Robb Stark) was in this movie. However, every time he came on screen I couldn’t stop myself thinking: Winter is coming!
As for the villains, Cate Blanchett was the perfect evil stepmother. I was also doubly excited when I realized Sophie McShera (who plays Daisy on Downton Abbey) was the evil stepsister, Drisella. A complete contrast to Daisy, I thought McShera did a great job in the role. Holliday Grainger, who played the other evil stepsister Anastasia, was also great in her role and the two complimented each other spectacularly.
And then I found out Kenneth Branagh was the director, which, to me, explained one of the reasons why the movie was so good. To my knowledge, I have yet to hate a movie that Kenneth Branagh has had any hand in (whether it’s producing, directing, or acting).
So parents, do not dread taking your children to see this movie! I guarantee you will like it just as much as they will!