This new(ish) ‘Cinderella’ film is really one to fall in love with. I must admit I am a huge fan of the remakes of Disney Classic films, I really do love them, and this film is no different. It’s not a let-down but a perfect representation of the Disney Classic ‘Cinderella’ itself.
‘Cinderella’ is a beautiful and very accurate interpretation of the 1950 Disney Classic ‘Cinderella’. The only problem I can find myself with this film is that it might be considered a bit too similar. The only difference between the animation and people version, except that obvious point, is that the 2015 version is not a musical, there isn’t any break out of song. But if I’m going to be honest, I don’t mind that, don’t get me wrong I love a musical more than the next, but it was a nice change. The two versions are very similar, other than some minor changes, and I seriously mean minor, it’s the exact same film. Some may say that because of this it becomes very predictable… On one hand, I loved this similarity; that it was my childhood played out again but in real people form. But on the other hand, I do love a different version and remake of a Disney Classic, for example, Hilary Duff’s version in ‘A Cinderella Story’, or Drew Barrymore in ‘Ever After: A Cinderella Story’, or perhaps the less known version of Lucy Hale in ‘A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song’. Saying this, however, I still loved this magical 2015 film.
The actors and actresses in this film are brilliant. Lily James as Ella is really great, she portrays the caring young female really well. Her prince is Kit, acted by Richard Madden, again played excellently. He is brilliantly chosen and suits the prince look perfectly. But there are two people in this film that I believe steal the show and make it a whole lot better. Not that the two main protagonists aren’t amazing, because like I said they are, but these two are so well known and brilliant in everyone they act, that they are always appreciated in my eyes. These two are Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. Cate Blanchett plays the evil stepmother, and she plays it brilliantly. Extremely cruel, yet there is a small background story of her life in this film, explaining her wicked ways; a nice addition I may add. My favourite however has to be Helena Bonham Carter, I’m always a fan of a film with her in it anyway, whether it be Bellatrix Lestrange or even the Red Queen in Tim Burton’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’, or any Tim Burton film in fact because she’s in many; this film was no exception. In this, Helena Bonham Carter plays the fairy godmother; even though she’s not actually in it for very long, she still makes an impression on the film. She cleverly creates humour and chuckle moments in her comments for the audience to enjoy. She’s a character for children to look up to, for children to believe in the magic and hope that there is always someone looking over them. Not only does Helena Bonham Carter play the fairy godmother, she is also the narrator of the film. This was an aspect I really enjoyed, it gave an insight into the film for the audience that is different and continuous; it also made the time span of the film flow better.
The whole spectacle of the film was something to be appreciated as well. The sets of the film were ones that the audience can dream of and imagine as they would have hoped. The costumes were definitely ones to stand out and fit in with the time era as well. Everything was truly brilliant in creating this world the audience can fall into. For example, Ella’s ball dress was one which must have taken lots of time, and was definitely one to stand out from all the others. Also, the essence of the film, just spilled out the whole romance of a Disney film, which is of course loved by many.
Overall, I would recommend this beautiful and magical film. It’s a film to make you believe in the romance and magic in the world, one with a cute happy ending (I haven’t spoiled it – it’s Disney!). ‘Cinderella’ is a film of a moral message, to “have courage and be kind”. Cinderella should be a character that young children aspire to be; she is in with the Disney Princess crowd and to be loved by all.