It’s the timeless story of a fairytale romance come true, but this re-envisioning of Cinderella presents a far more enriching look at its courageous lead, and the magical world in which she lives.
A Star Is Born
Cinderella is undoubtedly a moving experience thanks to its fabulous casting, and director Kenneth Branagh really lucked out with actress Lily James who completely embodies the heart of Cinderella. James’ Cinderella is a courageous young woman, who lives by the principles of courage and kindness. An eternal optimist, she never ceases to stop being a princess in the making even in the darkest hours. Cinderella’s world view is that all should be treated as we ourselves would like to be treated, and she has a knack for standing up for those who can’t stand up for themselves, in this case her animal friends (including the scene stealing mice). A charming beauty, James is nothing short of perfection when she is sprinkled with fairy dust, and heads off to the ball. She also possesses great chemistry with Richard Madden’s dashing young prince, and the two make for a charismatic couple.
The Magic Comes To Life
With strong production design and costuming – reminiscent of the aesthetic Branagh applied to his Hamlet adaption – the English director paints a romanticised setting allowing audiences to easily become lost in the fairytale world. Plenty of attention is paid to the magic, especially in relation to Helena Bonham Carter’s slightly ditzy Fairy Godmother, and her spell to turn Cinderella into a princess. With every flick of her wand you feel the touch of her fairy dust, and the film is ever more magical because of it.
Cinderella is a wonderful adaption of the classic fairytale for a completely new audience, and it has been brought to life perfectly. Though you may know the story, this retelling still manages to feel refreshing. Audiences should prepare themselves for magic, and a marvelous cinema experience.
Image source: Walt Disney Pictures.