It is the name that most little girls know from a young age. I learned of Cinderella from a grand story book my Mother used to read to me when I was young. I still have the book. It is faded, the gold rubbed from the page edges. There are scuff marks on the binder and it is a little worse for wear but I love it. Almost as much as I love the story.
The first time I saw the animated movie from Disney I was enchanted, probably far more than I should have been. I wanted to be Cinderella. I wanted to have a beautiful carriage, mice for horses, and a beautiful dress. I wanted to wear the glass slippers and I most definitely wanted the Prince Charming. Not a prince but just someone who would love me as much as he loved Cinderella.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”15371″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]When I found out that Disney was doing a live action of Cinderella it was a “heart flop” moment. I was so excited because even though Cinderella has been done a 1000 times in a 1000 different ways, I knew no one could really bring the magic like Disney. So you can only imagine my excitement when I got to travel to LA for the Red Carpet Premiere and see the movie before everyone else. Yeah, I am still surprised I didn’t have a heart attack or something.
I will admit that when I sat down in the movie theater and waited for the movie I was nervous. Would it be everything I hoped? Would the magic still be alive? Would the actors chosen to be Cinderella and Prince Charming be everything I hoped? Would I hate the film? I worry a little to much sometimes. Just a little.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”15372″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]The movie opened with a narration of Cinderella’s life at a young age. She had a handsome father, a beautiful mother, and a loving home. Of course all that changed when her mother died. Before passing on she left Cinderella with some advice. The biggest part being, have courage and be kind. I think the world could use a whole lot of kindness right now.
The film is gorgeous. Kenneth Branagh did an amazing job bringing Cinderella to life. The thing that amazed me most was the warmth of the movie. From the beginning scene with the golden grass to the carraige and everything in between, you just felt a golden warmth. Not to sound corny but the movie almost hugged you with it’s warmth.
Cinderella (Lily James) was as beautiful as she was kind. But she wasn’t sugar sweet like I expected. She had a fire, a courage, and a strength that I think all young girls can aspire to have. While she ended up with the prince you found in a couple of the last scenes that she knew she would be okay if she didn’t end up with him. I find it sad that a lot of people wanted a more “modern” Cinderella. Cinderella in this movie is definitely not waiting around for some man to save her but she still embodies all of the courageousness, kindness, and goodness we need. In fact one her courageous moments was to give him up and protect him from the evil stepmother.
Speaking of the evil stepmother, Cate Blanchett was spot on. She was evil, mean-spirited, and everything you would imagine a true evil stepmother to be. But toward the end, when she answers Cinderella’s question on why she was so cruel, you didn’t know whether to hate her or feel sorry for her. Being an older woman who has had a lot of rough times I can understand how you could become cruel and bitter. Even though I understood I still wanted to slap her. Hard.
The evil stepsisters (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera) were spot on as well. They were ditzy, crazy, and kind of dumb. They were as mean as the stepmother but not over the top. I think their character could be summed up in one quote from them in the movie “Who cares what he is like, he is a prince.”
Oh the Fairy Godmother. Helena Bonham-Carter did an amazing job. I will admit I had second thoughts about this casting. Helena plays some over the top characters and as a certain Depp-ish feel to her. But wow, she sold it and sold it well. She was understated, graceful, sweet, and everything you would want for your fairy godmother. There was no bibbidibobbidiboo here folks. She was a tad bit scatter-brained but in the end she made a Cinderella we all dreamed of. If I could have a fairy godmother I would want her, hands down. I would definitely be the bell of the ball!
The ball was what every little girls dreams are made of. It was romantic, beautiful, and wow, just stunning. From the moment he placed his hand on the small of her back until the time they ran out of the ballroom together you were in love. It was so easy to forget I was in a movie theater. As silly as it sounds I found myself in the movie, watching every detail and dreaming a little bit. It was worth waiting for and warning, you may shed some tears. That’s okay, you won’t be the only one.
As promised, at midnight everything went back to the way it was. But don’t worry, just as Cinderella says “Midnight, that is more than enough time.” Enough time to fall in love with the magic, beauty, and what is Cinderella. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Cinderella:The Movie” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”grey” style=”double” border_width=”4″][vc_single_image image=”15381″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]
Cinderella opens in theaters today!!! March 13th 2015!
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