Once upon a time, in a far away land, lived a family where happiness prevailed and the joy of being together, singing, reading and dancing all contributed to the life of the family. Happiness was all abundant, the courtyard was frolicking with blooming roses, the trees were green and lush, the animals roamed freely and were maintained, and the house had exuberant life seeping out of the walls….. but into every happy home a bit of darkness will fall as no one is without their challenges….
You know the tale of Cinderella from growing up I am sure and reading and believing in your prince coming to find you right? How many times have you read the book, dreamed the dream and then dared to believe that Fairy Godmothers are real? Lavishly live movies out loud with this wonderfully, high-spirited, well-told tale of family, love, life, being kind and courageous as DISNEY will spellbind you with this entertainment.
While I know the tale of Cinderella backwards and forwards, it was the simple details that I enjoyed most in the film, and possibly the simpleness of Ella(soon to be known as Cinderella). A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. I applaud this tale for staying true to the ‘roots’ of the story that we, as adults have come to know and yet expand on it just a bit while embellishing enough to give it that kick into this generation, but never outdoing the stellar classic that it is and shall remain- Kudos Disney!
Cinderella — The tale as you might remember goes like this:
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.
Ella of Cinderella
Ella, a kind soul, passionate in her life and beauty so pronounced that heavy make-up was not the key to showing her features, rather, just beautiful costuming that allows her perfect complexion to glow right through. Lily James embraces this role, and transforms into Ella, the girl that we all want to be, the one that HAS the Fairy Godmother. Speaking of Fairy Godmother’s may I please take a moment and tell you that Helena Bonham Carter makes burlap look like a million dollar suit from Rodeo drive as her ever-delightful brilliance shines through when she meets Ella. The plain beggar woman that slurps her milk and burps cleans up well and I am quite sure all the movie-goers will want her elegant dress as white has never looked so mystical, and majestic!
In plain words, that are just as stripped down as the basic farm girl that Ella portrayed or a quick thought overall on the movie: The passion and vitality of Ella is brought forth strongly by Lily James. I was simply awe-stricken by Ella’s natural beauty, it is inner beauty that exudes, not a made-up doll, but a truly stunning girl grown to lady: Ella. The spirit of the move is incredibly persuasive and the message being sent, so important to our daily life: “be kind and be courageous.” I found myself reflecting in life over every decision I have recently made, thinking if I had been kind and then courageous and my kids were chattering about this all the way home as well. The discussions were loaded because the movie is that powerful in conveying a positive message, to that I say, “Thank You Disney!” Ella is just as forthright with her Stepmother as she is with Kit(The Prince- Richard Madden). Ella speaks her mind with kindness and courage and she is constantly positive in all of her communication, which is so refreshing.
The Prince- Kit(Richard Madden) provides an equally compelling character story, that matches Ella, but does not exceed her performance. IT seems that the Prince’s passion is to be the person that is kind and courageous and he does NOT care where Cinderella’s roots are from. (he’s a cutey) The Stepmother, will remind you of everything you dislike in this world, and her persona truly conflicts well with Ella and at times even her daughters, as she truly is a tool. As for the Prince, I do believe Disney has found themselves a new, most charming and fitting suitor for this role!
Are you curious to know who all was in attendance at our screening? Many little girls dressed up like Cinderella, their moms, their dads and my kids as well. The age was spanned from the most young to much older and everyone clapped at the end of the movie, where we all were able to live happily ever after! The want to spread kindness will impact you, the want to be hugging your kids, and make the most of everyday is prevalent and will knock on your front stoop to remind you(when you see this movie IMO). Lavishly live pumpkin rides, lizards and glass slippers out loud when you head out to see Cinderella in theaters everywhere a movie for every genre in your family. ~Dana
I attended a press screening of Cinderella, all thoughts and opinions are my own!