Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cinderella Review: Disney continues its live action success

The Hit:
I didn't worry if Cinderella was gonna be good as a live action film, but I wanted to see if the film would follow the original storyline from the cartoon and build off of that. Well, it does almost to a point that it mirrors it. Some things were changed and I'll try not to spoil anything because I'd rather you go see it and enjoy it yourselves! 

This time around, Disney creates the back story of Ella: how she was raised and how she was such an innocent child and pure of heart. Her mother tells her to take two things to heart as she grows, "to be kind and to have courage". She lives by those words and man, is she a trooper. 

The step mother and the two step sisters come into the picture and Ella takes a lot of crap from them without arguing or talking back. Besides that part of the story, they introduce the Prince earlier than the Ball as well. He and Ella have a little moment and sparks start to fly.

Fast forward and it's dance time. The Prince is pushed to choose a princess from another kingdom but love prevails and he chooses the kindhearted Cinderella.

The cast was amazing, Lily James as Cinderella was perfect and beautiful. You couldn't take your eyes off of her and the crappy moments she was going through made you want to go through the screen and help her out from her evil step mother (Cate Blanchett). Her two brats for kids, Sophie McShera as Drisella and Holliday Grainger as Anastasia gave you a bad taste in your mouth.

The Prince, played by Richard Madden, (known for Game of Thrones) did not disappoint and the ladies out there would probably want him to choose them too. Other cast members did just as good, like the mouse Gus Gus and cat Lucifer. Helena Bonham Carter proves  as the Fairy Godmother that she can play any type of character. When she enters the stage and bippity boppity boo's that pumpkin into a carriage and Cinderella into a jaw dropper with the glass slippers I could tell the whole theater was amazed to see the magic unfold. 

Cinderella is going to be a must own when it comes out on DVD and Blu Ray. Like Maleficent, it was a live action Disney film that did not disappoint and made the kid in you smile on the inside and out. 

The Verdict:
Green Light ( Go See it)

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