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Review of "CINDERELLA"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2015 Revised 28th April 2015
REVIEW: "CINDERELLA" by Jayne Waterford

Kenneth Branagh's "CINDERELLA" (2015) was the traditional story told beautifully, as beautifully as any CGI enhanced fantasy world can be these days. It was a wonder built to enthrawl.

And all the while, eating out the heart of Cinderella is her step mother (Cate Blanchett). She is wonderfully off. Her personal style is sumptuous and has a smell that cloyed decades ago. The step mother comes off as a career employee of June Dally Watkins, retired through marriage and frustrated in the knowledge that she will never be June Dally Watkins. And the way she dresses, it's like she's going for movie star but arrives at spend-thrift and you know, ran up the debt they had, "before they came here." She is the salt that Cinderella's world needs and distracts us from how sweet and perfect everything else is. It wouldn't work without her.

That all seems to be the fault of the, "hairy dog father," (Helen Bonham-Carter). She is perfection and very casual about it too.

And the moral to the story is, always trust your instincts and always do smalll favours for ladies. 7/10

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2015.


Kenneth Branagh's
"CINDERELLA" (2015)

Director Kenneth Branagh
Producers Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur, David Barron
Stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter
Release Date 26th March 2015
Category Fantasy Adventure Fairy Tale
Running Time 113 minutes (1 hour, 53 minutes)
Rating G
Origin USA
Coda No
http://disney.com/cinderella
Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Australia
Official Text "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.

Director Kenneth Branagh says: "It is impossible to think of Cinderella without thinking of Disney and the timeless images we've all grown up watching. And those classic moments are irresistible to a filmmaker. With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella. She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella.

OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE: 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.

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.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”) and starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s

Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) with Tim Lewis (“Goldeneye”) serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”).

“Cinderella” will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on 26th March 2015 ." - Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Australia PR

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun at Pinewood Studios in London, on "CINDERELLA", Disney's first-ever live action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale
Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh ("JACK RYAN" (?), "THOR" (?)), the film stars Lily James ("DOWNTON ABBEY" (?), "WRATH OF THE TITANS" (?)) in the title role, Richard Madden ("GAME OF THRONES", "BIRDSONG") as the Prince, Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett ("THE AVIATOR" (?)) as the infamous stepmother Lady Tremaine, and Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter ("THE KING'S SPEECH", "ALICE IN WONDERLAND" (?)) as the Fairy Godmother."
Photograph: Giles Keyte
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Cate Blanchett is the Stepmother in Disney's live-action feature CINDERELLA, directed by Kennth Branagh.
Jonathan Olley
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Derek Jacobi and Richard Madden as the royal family in Branagh's "CINDERELLA".
Helen Bonham Carter is the, "hairy dog father," er Fairy God Mother in Disney's live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which 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.
Jonathan Olley
©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..
Lily James is Cinderella in Disney's live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which 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.
Jonathan Olley
©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..
Lily James is Cinderella and Helena Bonham Carter is the Fairy Godmother in Disney's live-action CINDERELLA, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Jonathan Olley
©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.