Cinderella, you had me at the smile. A beautiful little girl with the love of her adoring parents.
It was already a great night. Kas, Bella, and I were out on a little partial family outing. By Partial I mean without Gabe. He wants his little partial family outing to involve Avengers. Well, I kind of had the same thoughts. I mean, I knew Cinderella and I have seen Cinderella. It just wasn’t something that I was looking forward to. We got to our seats and the lights went down, The theater got silent and then BOOM!!!! Frozen Fever hit! I couldn’t believe how crazy it was. I Got Frozen Fever! Oh, go read that post to hear about that. We are here to talk about Cinderella. It was going to be hard to follow that short though. The audience was in a buzz. You could feel the anticipation and then it started.
It is no secret that I am a Disney Fan. I love the parks, resorts, music, movies, and anything else that they are involved in. I was a little worried as I said before. As soon as the movie started, I was back in Disney mode. I was in for the duration. The first part of the movie showed us the love of a family and the foundation for what eventually would become Cinderella. We would soon get to meet the Gorgeous Lily James who plays Cinderella. She was vibrant and graceful. Her beauty was something to behold. Unfortunately, Darker times would be hitting and trying times were upon her.
To avoid the risk of ruining the movie for anyone, I’m just going to kind of introduce people from this point. After a couple of years pass, We get to meet the evil stepmother played perfectly by Cate Blanchett. I hated her!! She showed up with Anastasia and Drisella. These ladies played the wicked step sisters to perfection. They were silly and mean. I’m sorry though, I may be a little in love with Holliday Grainger, who plays Anastasia, so I just couldn’t hate her. Sophie McShera on the other hand. Anyway, More dark time were upon us and it just got worse from there. Cinderella was quickly becoming outcast.
Not long after that our Princess met the man of her dreams. Now, I don’t know about you, but I never really paid much attention to the Prince. In this movie, however, Richard Madden gave the Prince a personality. I really enjoyed the interaction and chemistry between the two actors. They brought the characters to life and it made the film that much better. Add an amazing Fairy Godmother in Helena Bonham Carter, a goose, mice, lizards, and pumpkin and you have Cinderella. You know the rest of the story but you’ve never seen it like this. Do yourself a favor and go today!
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.
Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”
When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress.
Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
Disclosure***I attended a screening but all opinions are 100% my own.