Magic is in the air and it’s being delivered to us on a glass slipper though Disney’s Cinderella. While Anna and Elsa have cornered the Disney princess market, our classic princess in blue – Cinderella – gets introduced to a new crop of little ones who have heard tales of this princess but only from the nostalgia stories of their mothers.
Disney’s new film Cinderella opens in theatres March 13 and audiences are in for a treat. This live action film has all the magic of a Disney classic. While it’s not a musical, the story stays to the classic storyline and story telling cadence with very little newness. And I like that.
There is no reinventing of the princess, no surprise ending, nothing you don’t expect. The mom dies, the dad marries, he dies, the stepmother is wicked, the sisters ugly, fairy godmother,dashing prince, there are mice and a pumpkin and the clock strikes midnight and the glass slipper, the search for the perfect fit, the happily every after… all of it. All the scenes arrive just like clock work.
Cinderella, played by the beautiful Lily James of Downton Abbey fame, is perfect in the role. Her tiny waist, and i mean tiny itty waist, skipping through the film holds your attention the entire time. She’s too nice for her own good and at times you do want to just impart some feminist knowledge on her, but this is Cinderella and we have to play it out.
The Prince, played by Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame, is aloof and handsome and there is the scene with a close up of his gorgeous blue eyes…and the whole audience melts.
The fairy Godmother, played by Helena Bonham Carter, is delivered in a Johnny Depp meets Helena meets Fairy Godmother type of way. Which totally works.
Cate Blanchett and her soul piercing glares – it’s like she’s telling me her entire character study with her eyes. And her gowns, she was killing it with her costume changes, Those greens in all those silky shades were to die!
Kenneth Branagh directed this film and the british Shakespearean stamp is certainly imprinted throughout. From the actors, to the dialogue, the style and nuances. This is a beautiful, classic film which is nothing short of magic. Kids will enjoy this story and the grandeur of it while parents will appreciate the fine acting.
On the flip side – Don’t go see this film if you are expecting a strong, courages princess who writes her own destiny. It’s not for the feminists in the group. There are heaving bosoms, small bosoms, but they heave and will be noticed by kids, there is the helpless Cinderella who never ever stands up for herself except at the end – you know this story – but even that is a whimper of a stand up. Still we wanted her to say something rotten.. anything rotten to her stepmother and when she finally did the entire audience applauded. Tears and all.The prince is aloof, handsome and eye candy. It’s a fairytale and that’s what you are going to get.
This is also not a musical and has very little humor. So young kids who are expecting a Frozen style delivery of film won’t appreciate the quality and storytelling here.
I personally enjoyed the film for the design, the fashion, the acting, the actors, the simple expected beauty of what Cinderella should be.
Will Cinderella overthrow Elsa and Anna… probably not. But she’s here to stay for sure.
||Cinderella opens March 13 Running time 1hour 45 minutes and it’s rated PG ||