Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Film Review: Cinderella (2015).

Hi everyone, I am so sorry for being absent on here for literally an entire month but I've had lot on due to my health and I had to have an operation which I'm still recovering from but I have a film review for you today!

I went along to see Cinderella because I love Disney so much and the 1950 cartoon version was lovely and beautifully animated. I'll give you the background like I usually do and then give you my thoughts about the film.

The Background
2015 Cinderella is a romantic fantasy film from a screeplay written by Chris Weitz. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Lily James as the beautiful Ella ('Cinderella'), Cate Blanchett as the Wicked Stepmother, Richard Madden as Prince Charming, Sophie McShera as Drisella, Holliday Grainger as Anastasia and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. The films follows and uses many of the same elements from Walt Disney's 1950 animated film of the same name but with a few differences.

Ella, as a young child, lives with her parents in a beautiful house in a quiet kingdom and from a young age she is taught by her mother to believe in magic, fairy godmothers and to be courageous and kind. Through this she is able to befriend animals on the estate, mainly the mice and become kind and caring. However the tranquillity is broken one day when her mother tragically dies and her father, years later, marries Lady Tremaine (Blanchett) who brings along her two daughters who are unpleasant to Ella despite her determination to remain polite and welcoming.

Tragedy strikes again and Ella's father dies while travelling and Ella is left to become a slave for her stepmother and her two daughters. One day, upon meeting Ella in the forest, Prince Charming sends out invitations to everyone to the kingdom to meet her again. When Lady Tremaine and her daughters force Ella to stay at home, she seeks the help from her Fairy Godmother who helps her go to the ball to meet her destiny.

My Thoughts
I absolutely loved the film although it was a little cheesy and twee at times but I quickly remembered it was pretty much a child's film. It left me nostalgic for my own childhood and it completely re-invented how I always saw Cinderella. Lily James was very beautiful and probably perfect to be Cinderella but her acting was a little airy and fairy sometimes however she completely changed my mind at the end when she stood up to the Wicked Stepmother and got her well-deserved happy ending. 

I was pleasantly surprised to see Cate Blanchett take on the role of the Wicked Stepmother as I had absolutely no idea who was going to be her. She absolutely shone in her role and really made you believe she was completely vile and wicked. Her costumes throughout the film were absolutely stunning and I really wanted to be wearing them myself! The stepsisters added a nice comedic element though-out the film also.

Helena Bonham Carter is one of my favourite actresses of all time and she was exquisite and dazzling as the Fairy Godmother like I knew she would be. She narrated the film throughout and made the transforming scene hilarious but magical and magnificent. 

The film's visual effects and costume design were definitely Oscar worthy because I could not take my eyes off Blanchett's dresses and Cinderella's dress was a dazzling blue that sparkled throughout Lily's scenes. Kenneth Branagh, as the director, completely transformed Cinderella and proved that Disney has not lost any of its magic.

Have you seen this film? What did you think of it?
Thankyou for reading.
Laura.

38 comments:

  1. Helena bonham carter is one of my fave actresses - I might have to go and see this x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  2. the costumes look indeed amazing. I will watch the movie on blueray once it's out

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  3. Aww, I want to see this. Definitely up my street! I love Helena Bonham Carter and it'll be nice to see her not play a villain (aside from The King's Speech). I'm going to see whether it's on in my local cinema.

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  4. Ahhhhh I haven't seen it yet and it's killing me but I have heard such amazing things! Also love love the story of Cinderella in general :)
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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    1. Aw you should definitely see it ASAP, thanks for reading x

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  5. Nice post, kisses :)

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  6. I still want to see this, but I'm a bit behind on things! Have a great day!
    xo Hannah

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  7. I loved Helena in this movie! But I wish they showed more of her though. Cate was absolutely amazing too!

    THOUGHTS IN TIFFANY BLUE

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    1. Yeah I agree with you about Helena! x

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  8. I haven't seen this film yet because I was busy when my family decided to watch it :( I'll try to download it though <3

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  9. I love this movie, it is very cute!

    With love, Nastya Deutsch ♡

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  10. I really want to go and see this film! I guess it wouldn't be right if there were no cheese :)

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    1. Yes definitely, especially as it is a fairytale x

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  11. I saw this film the other week and completely agree with your review. I loved watching it and Helena Bonham Carter was just amazing in it! x

    Beyond The Velvet | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  12. I really want to go watch this film it just looks so good from the trailer and from reading this i want to go and see it even more now x x
    Jess x
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  13. I hope you're feeling better after your operation! I really want to see this, Cinderella was always a favourite fairytale growing up :)

    Milly // Mini Adventures

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  14. I need to see this film! I love the original Cinderella

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  15. I really need to see this movie) Thanks for the review darling!

    Tanya
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  16. Hi there babe, how isit going?
    Great post though, i love it, thank you for sharing this with us..

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  17. Thanks for sharing!

    xx

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