There are few movies that can survive numerous remakes and still have people lining up at their nearest cinema for tickets, and Disney’s Cinderella continues to be one of them.
Famed actor turned director Kenneth Branagh brings the classic “rags to riches” story we all know and love to the big screen and with the help of a wonderful cast, we find ourselves falling in love with the story we’ve always known. The aforementioned cast, made up of lesser-known actors such as Lily James – the leading lady – and notable names including Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter fit into these roles like a glass slipper (excuse the pun). They make us laugh, cry, throw popcorn at the screen and swoon whenever someone says or does anything particularly romantic.
“Branagh’s film was led by magic, from the costumes to the set, everything was enchanting.”
So, first thing’s first, I’m not a big Disney fan. I know, I know, but two of my friends were dying to see it, so, bowing to peer pressure, I decided to watch it and I’m glad I did. Branagh’s film was led by magic, from the costumes to the set, everything was enchanting. There were bits of dialogue you couldn’t help but roll your eyes at, but that’s mainly because I assume Chris Weitz (the screenplay writer) wanted to keep the dialogue as authentic as possible. For those who don’t know the story of Cinderella, I’ll give you a quick run-through. Cinderella is born into a loving family but after the death of her mother, her father marries a widow with two daughters. Soon after her father dies and she is forced to live with her cruel stepmother and her stepsisters. Coincidentally, the Prince is looking for a bride and hosts a ball. Cinderella attends, and they dance the night away until she has to make an impromptu exit and he searches heaven and earth to find her – okay, maybe not heaven on earth but his entire kingdom – and I think we can all guess what happens next.
Is the film predictable? Yes, but at times you find yourself wondering if the story will end happily. Is it still worth watching? Absolutely. So, talk to your fairy godmother, get your pumpkin coach ready and get yourself to your nearest cinema while the film’s still screening because I’m sure you’ll have a ball.
I give it three and a half stars.