Run time: 105mins
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Derek Jacobi
Synopsis: When her widowed father remarries to Lady Tremaine, Ella does her best to be welcoming to her stepmother and her new stepsisters. However, after the unexpected death of her father, Ella finds herself being mistreated by Lady Tremaine and her daughters, forced to be a servant and nicknamed ‘Cinderella’. One day in the woods she encounters a handsome stranger and believes him to work in the Palace, not realising he is in fact Prince Charming. Ella’s household receives an invitation to a royal ball and Ella hopes she will get the chance to see the young man again. When Lady Tremaine refuses to let her attend the ball, a friendly fairy steps in to lend a helping hand.
Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is a lavish, beautiful live action retelling of the traditional and well known story, with a script from Chris Weiz (About a Boy, 2002; The Golden Compass, 2007), music from Patrick Doyle (Brave, 2012; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2005; Gosford Park, 2001), stunning costumes from Sandy Powell and production design from Dante Ferretti.
Cinderella (Lily James) is an old fashioned heroine – nothing modern about her of the popular Frozen type.
However the film screens with a short called Frozen Fever: Elsa Gets a Cold, which will be an added delight for young Frozen fans.
The cruel and bitter stepmother Lady Tremaine (a magnificent Cate Blanchett) and Fairy Godmother (a perfect and amusing Helena Bonham Carter) complement well the good looking Prince Charming (Richard Madden), who is just that.
Other strong performances from Derek Jacobi as the King, Stellan Skarsgård as Grand Duke and Rob Brydon as Master Phineus ensure that the universal magic of Cinderella continues for all after midnight.
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