Our favorite Disney film has been adapted dozens of times over the years. The most recent adaptation of Cinderella, by Kenneth Branagh, beautifully depicted the tale of a commoner turned princess. The details in each scene were vivid and elaborate, which enhanced the fairy tale’s plot. From the “talking” mice to the golden pumpkin carriage, the movie made every woman and girl envious. The plot was only enhanced further by the skillful acting of each actor and actress. Of course the film is not entirely the same as the original tale, but the new adaptation does not take away its original splendor. The daring romance and visual gorgeous scenes leaves the audience completely riveted from start to end.
As we all know, Cinderella (Lily James) was forced to endure the cruelties of her stepfamily after the death of both her parents. Branagh went a step further than past adaptations by creating a personal connection with Cinderella’s parents. The beginning of the film showed the love that emanated from the family before the dark years. The movie did a beautiful job portraying the pain and courage Cinderella had to rely on as the audience witnessed the wake of both deaths. “Have courage and be kind” was the mantra that Cinderella’s mother left her before she died. This statement continued to pop up not only on the big screen but also from the mouths of children and adults as they exited the theater. Once again, Disney has made us stop and think about how we could become better individuals. If only the stepmonsters followed in Cinderella’s foot steps.
The stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera) were exceptionally fair on the outside but incredibly rotten on the inside. The actresses did a wonderful job personifying the greed and selfishness of the antagonistic characters. On one especially horrid day, Cinderella had enough of their wicked ways and rode into the woods. There she meets a dashing stranger (Richard Madden), who, little does she know, is her Prince Charming. Richard Madden makes a dashing prince, from his heart-melting blue eyes to his heroic personality. As Cinderella’s and the Prince’s hearts grow closer, the plot thickens with fairy godmothers (Helena Bonham Carter) and glass slippers. I will not divulge anymore details about the plot, other than that it ends with happily ever after. This film will enchant all those who see it and most likely enchant them to pre-order it on DVD. The film is also preceded by a eight minute short titled “Frozen Fever.” This short is jam-packed with cuteness and fun. One detail about the short: Olaf gets little brothers! Remember! Have courage and be kind!