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Cinderella: A Preserve of the Original Tale With an Empowering Message

20 Mar 2015 | By Wangechi Maina

Cinderella Review

You’re all familiar with the fairy tale of Cinderella. It’s about the beautiful and kind orphan girl who is mistreated by her wicked stepmother and ugly step sisters. Thanks to a spell by her fairy godmother, she’s able to go to the palace ball where the prince falls for her. After a series of events which include her losing her glass slipper as she exits the ball, Cinderella is reunited with the prince and they live happily ever after.

The 2015 British romantic fantasy film Cinderella is inspired by this classic fairy tale, the Brothers Grimm’s version and the 1950 Disney musical. It stars Lily James as Ella (Cinderella), Richard Madden as Prince Charming, and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine, Sophie McShera as Drisella, Holliday Grainger as Anastacia the ugly step-sisters and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.

This film is a non-musical and live action (not a cartoon) adaptation of Cinderella’s story. The script stays close to the original but doesn’t shy away from adding a few layers to the tale. Blanchett legitimizes the evil stepmother’s age and her loneliness as reasons for her envy of Ella as opposed to just out of plain wickedness as the tale goes. She’s divine in this character.

Cinderella is very well directed, well acted and vividly narrated. James and Madden deliver fresh appearances and have great chemistry as Ella and the Prince.

Cinderella Review

Cinderella and the Prince first meet under modest circumstances and it’s emphasized that even if she’s beautiful, it’s her selfless personality that attracts him. She’s portrayed first, above all and throughout the film as a compassionate human being. This new angle of presenting her as a heroine for female empowerment makes this remake fresh. In a world where virtues are out-dated, this film keeps faith alive and reinstates hope that magic still exists. Unfortunately, she has the most unrealistic tiny waist, cinched in with a corset and sending the wrong message to the myriad of little girls who will watch this film and expectedly want to be just like her.

The supporting cast is promising but underdeveloped. This however allows the film to remain focused on Cinderella as clearly intended.

Technically, the film is spectacular. It uses minimal special effects. The amazing visuals are brought out through the clever choice and use of locations. The scene of Ella and Kit’s meeting is dreamy; the grand ball is fabulous; and Lady Tremaine’s big reveal of her reasons for mistreating Ella striking.

All in all, the familiarity notwithstanding, Cinderella is a treat to watch.
                                                                   
This review is courtesy of Century Cinemax The Junction

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