After coming off the disastrous Sleeping Beauty remake Maleficent, the 2015 Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, gives us a sentimental look at how our favorite childhood films brought smiles to our faces.
Ella is a beautiful girl with a beautiful family and a mother who teaches her to believe in anything, even magic. After the mother dies, and her father marries a deeply disturbed woman with two spoiled daughters, he too dies and Ella is left alone to be treated like a servant by her evil stepmother.
However, after a chance encounter with the prince, and some help from her animal friends, Ella’s life is soon taken for a magical ride.
I will admit, after the disaster that was Maleficent, I went into this film with very VERY low expectations, but truth be told, it was a good, heartwarming film. Lily James (of Dowton Abbey fame) shines as Disney’s rockstar princess and Cate Blanchett sends shivers down your spine as the evil stepmother.
It is definitely old school Disney, something I have missed of late. I hope that the upcoming Beauty and the Beast remake will take the same approach as this film and make us feel enchanted.
PARENTAL CONCERNS- Mild thematic elements
- Lily James as Ella (“Cinderella”)
- Eloise Webb as young Ella
- Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine, the main antagonist.
- Richard Madden as Prince “Kit” Charming
- Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother
- Nonso Anozie as Captain
- Stellan Skarsgård as The Grand Duke
- Derek Jacobi as The King
- Hayley Atwell as Cinderella’s Mother
- Holliday Grainger as Anastasia Tremaine
- Sophie McShera as Drisella Tremaine
- Ben Chaplin as Cinderella’s Father