Review by Lynn Resident Steve Duffy –
Kenneth Branagh brings the iconic tale of Cinderella to life in this whimsical and colorful retelling of Disney’s original 1950’s tale.
Lily James plays Ella, the orphaned daughter of (Hayley Atwell) and (Ben Chaplin). After her father passes away, she is left in the care of her jealous stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett). Cinderella quickly becomes an outcast and servant to her new family, which also includes her very demanding and shallow half-sisters, Drizella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger).
Tired of being mistreated, Cinderella rides into the forest and encounters Prince Charming (Richard Madden) who keeps his identity a secret from her. Desperate to meet again, he invites all the eligible women from the kingdom to the palace for a ball. When she is forbidden to attend by her stepmother, Cinderella gets some help from her Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter).
The casting is superb. Blanchett is wonderfully over-the-top as the wicked stepmother. Carter is hilarious as the Fairy Godmother. James is perfectly cast as Ella. She portrays a sweetness and charm that is fitting for a Disney princess. The lavish sets, costumes and the visual effects are stunning.
You already know the story and how it is going to end, but this version is just as enchanting and marvelous as any other you have watched.
Accompanying Cinderella is a new Frozen short, “Frozen Fever.”
PG for mild thematic elements
Run Time: 1 hr. 45 min.