Cinderella Review

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Studio: Allison Shearmur Productions, Beagle Pug Films, Genre Films
Running Time: 105 mins

Verdict: 4.5 / 5

Have courage, and be kind. The new Disney Cinderella film will make you want to be a better person…

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True to the original tale, this film depicts the story of a girl named Ella, who unfortunately lost both parents. The loss left her in the hands of her evil stepmother and two dimwitted step-sisters. But, despite all her hardships she had the chance to meet her prince charming, literally.

Lily James, who played the iconic Cinderella, truly embodies the spirit of the well-loved princess. Her natural beauty and relatable presence turned a classic story into a great real-life depiction.

The start of the film gave a more in-depth portrayal of the happy life Cinderella had as a child. It shed more light on her relationship with her mother, who gave her the iconic advice; “have courage and be kind”. This made the film even more touching as you witnessed the loss of her parents and her perfect life.

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Appearances by Helen Bohem Carter and Rob Brydan (who played the prince’s portrait painter) enriched the film with hilarious British humour that made the film more enjoyable. A fresh comedic twist came in the wave of a wand in Helen Bohem Carter’s quirky portrayal of the fairy godmother. Seeing her with blonde hair and in a poofy white dress is something not to be missed.

Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett brought character and a surprising heartfelt past to the wicked step-mother. Her diabolical laugh was a masterpiece in bringing tears to both Cinderella and my eyes.

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The costume and set-design truly captured the magic. The bright colours, and embellished dresses brought the fairytale to life. The famous bibity bobbity boo scene was a perfect mix of digital effects and child-like imagination. Along with the pumpkin and mice, lizards were also a victim of this fairy godmother’s magic.

A great movie for all ages; with captivating visuals and a screenplay bound to make you laugh. This remake truly does justice to the original fairytale.


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