Stars: Lily James / Cate Blanchett / Richard Madden /
Release Date: 2015-03-12
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Genre Films, Beagle Pug Films,
Director: Kenneth Branagh, Anna Worley, Nicoletta Mani,
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods.
Nearly a century after that black-and-white cartoon short, and 65 years after a "classic" animated feature that missed the mark, Disney finally got Cinderella right -- for now and, happily, ever after.
Cinderella is a wonderfully realized family feature that retains the strengths of its source material while at the same time updating it for today's audiences.
The colors - good lord. They're like nothing you could experience in the real world. Cinderella's behemoth of a ball gown alone is 50 shades of blue.
Some of the supporting players, most resplendently Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Derek Jacobi as the ailing king, are very fine. The film never soars, though.
I'm all for confection, but this movie takes that too far. Cinderella and the prince look like they belong on a wedding cake.