Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Chaplin
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods. Her Fairy Godmother shows up on the night of the Royal Ball to make all of Ella's dreams come true.
This is the live action version of Disney's Cinderella. I thought it was pointless to make a live action movie from one of the greatest animated movies that Disney had created, but I was wrong. This movie took the storybook tale to a new level that could have not been drawn by man. The scenes in the palace during the ball where breathtaking. The attention to the detail of the staircase, the walls and every single room that was shown in the movie was completely unreal. It was beautiful and
opulent. There was gold leaf thrown all over those sets.
The costumes were spot on. Beauty and elegant flowed from every woman in the ballroom scene. The dress that Cinderella wore was similar to the cartoon, but this one had butterflies all over it, which made for interesting pattern. The dress suited how their create the character for the movie. It was her personality. Now when they showed the glass slippers, those were pure art and beauty. The lighting caught every single detail and cut in those shoes.
Cate Blanchett was wonderful as the wicked step mother. She was over the top like I thought they would want her to be. She was a selfish bitch that only cared about money and herself. She didn't ever care for her own daughters. Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother was a big stretch, but it ended up working out for the best. The special effects for the transformation scenes were quite good. Even the creation of the animals to humans really worked well.
This was a good movie on its own, but it was really made for all of the little girls out there to watch, so they can see one of their favorite Disney Princess in a real movie. It is worth watching, so I do recommend it. Enjoy.
Cinderella (2015) Trailer