Movie – And so it begins. The 2015 film, Cinderella, starts Disney’s new endeavor to take all our favorite childhood films and transform them into live-action remakes. Don’t get me wrong, I am pretty excited to see a few of them hit the screen, mainly Beauty and The Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Mulan. So, obviously, the premiere of Cinderella was a BIG deal. Because I love children’s movies, I felt obligated to give the fairy tale remake a try. With Lily James as our lovely Cinderella, evil stepmother Cate Blanchett, and Helena Bonham Carter as the quirky fairy godmother, the film has a killer cast.
Unlike many previous Cinderella adaptations, this film gave Cinderella’s mother some screentime before she passes, which I thought was a nice touch. The story moved a bit slowly for my liking, which I understand was probably due to the in depth storytelling of the film. It seemed there was a greater focus on each of the characters. For example, the deeper character development of the wicked stepmother helped to see her in a different light, which was a unique change of pace.
I did get caught up with how much the story dragged (in my opinion), which was rather annoying. And the CGI was a bit much for my taste. I also thought the main message of the story, Have courage and be kind, though a good message, was unnecessarily repetitive throughout the movie. Still the film managed to retain the fairytale magic that made me fall in love with the original story.