Many stories were told about the adventures of Cinderella, but with the latest offering from Walt Disney Pictures and produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur–it is one moving fairytale about the lead character named Ella or Cinderella portrayed by Lily James opposite Richard Madden as Prince ‘Kit’ Charming.
This 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz is reminiscent of the Disney’s 1950 animated musical film of the same name. It certainly borrowed elements from the mentioned film and is also inspired by the tale created by Charles Perrault with some references from the Brothers Grimm’s version.
In the film, after Ella was left orphaned and was under the cruel guardianship of her evil stepmother Lady Tremaine, which breathed into by Cate Blanchett. Ella had no choice but to also serve the two stepsisters—Drizella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger), respectively.
The former comfortable lifestyle of the lass has turned into a nightmare, but she still held on to her promise she made to her mom (Hayley Atwell) to ‘have courage and be kind’ and to her dad (Ben Chaplin) to stay in their ancestral home and take care of it.
The moral of the story is—the good will always triumph in the end. Perhaps, Blanchett’s interpretation of the role is quite refreshing as an evil stepmother and could rival Meryll Streep’s Witch in ‘Into the Woods’. However, the one thing that the Filipino moviegoers would love about this Cinderella re-telling is its element of being melodramatic in a good way.
Ella who suffered by the hands of Lady Tremaine displayed an admirable disposition until she met her fairy godmother played by Helena Bonham Carter (whom I would say I also adore here). She got rewarded after doing a good deed; she was able to attend to the Prince’s Ball and eventually met again with the man who captured her heart.
Seeing Lily James as Cinderella reminded me of two equally gorgeous and queenly bearing personalities—one is Megan Young the first Filipina to become the Miss World in 2013 and Julia Abueva who assumed the character in Resorts World Manila’s production of ‘Cinderella’ in 2013.
James was perfect and moved with such ease and regal as Kit’s apple of the eyes. Many highlights in the film include the transformation of the pumpkin into a glittery coach, the lizards, the goose, and the mice to be her companion in heading to the ball in the Prince’s castle.
The blue gown glimmered as well as the glass slippers that seems to create varied colors when Ella wore it. The choreography in the ball, particularly the dance of Cinderella and her Prince Charming was splendid and impeccable in its movement.
Everything in the film—its cinematography, the detailed costumes, and sets were simply a delight and feast to the eyes for the moviegoers. Though the story has been told and re-told, one can still enjoy what this film can offer.
‘Cinderella’ opened on Friday the 13th of this month and is now showing in theaters nationwide. To know more about the film, click here!
Catch it today!