‘Mark my words, you shall not go to the ball!‘
Many adaptations of Disney animated films do not turn out as well as the original. Luckily, this one is not one of them.
As the story goes, Helena Bonham Carter narrates the film and stars as the Fairy Godmother. Indeed, she does a very convincing job from it and she is very over the top. The story is standard, a girl called Ella, and nicknamed Cinderella (Lily James) is mistreated by her evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters Anastasia (Holliday Granger) and Drizella (Sophie McShera). Ella hopes to reunite with the prince Kit (Richard Madden) that she met in the woods but her stepfamily refuse to let her take the limelight and become the object of the prince’s heart.
Some of it is quite obvious CGI, but the movie won’t let the CGI and the all star cast get the best of them. Quite a few of the actors in the film are also stage actors and I found that the movie was indeed very theatrical by using certain levels, close ups and aerial shots. One scene in particular, Cate Blanchett was at the top of the stairs while Cinderella’s character was at the bottom of the stairs, showing that the stepmother was of a higher authority than Cinderella, but by the end, the bars on the stairs in front of the stepmother showed that Cinderella had trapped her as punishment of what she had done to her. Cate Blanchett’s character wears green in mostly all of her scenes and green is a cold color that represents jealousy. She also wears red lipstick and red represents death, hatred and blood. Cate Blanchett could move her entire performance using her eyes, facial expression and screen prescense.
Quite a few other recognizable faces such as Stellan Skarsgard and the guy who plays Neil’s Dad in theI Inbetweeners. I don’t like mice but the mice in the movie were adorable despite the fact that they looked computer generated. Most of the movie made me and my older sister laugh because of the comic timing yet they still kept it relevant.
Many phrases from Cinderella have been adapted into expressions in the English language e.g you shall go to the ball, turn into a pumpkin etc. I watched the original 1950s Cinderella when I was younger but I think this version is better. The cinematography is excellent and the soundtrack/score was beautifully composed. The prince was a bit soppy and melodramatic but I think that’s the point.
Brilliant acting from Cate Blanchett and Lily James, stunning visuals, memorable film and a great soundtrack.