I love fairy tales…..I love Disney movies and I really liked this latest version of Cinderella!
Cinderella is played by Lily James, and perhaps you might remember her from the English drama, Downton Abbey, where she played the part of Lady Rose MacClare.
The movie stays true to the original cartoon movie, but the prologue opening explains how Cinderella was placed into such a deplorable household.
“Ella” spent the first 10 years of her life in absolute bliss, with a loving mother and father. Ella loved animals and actually talked to them and played with them…of course, the animals did not talk back as in some Disney movies.
Then tragedy strikes and Ella loses her mother to illness and many years later, her father marries the imperious stepmother, played by Cate Blanchett.
Yes, when her father travels to earn a living, Lady Termaine and her two indolent daughters make Cinderella a “slave” of sorts, which Ella allows, because her mother taught her to “have courage and be kind”. Ella’s life is turned completely upside down when her father dies on his travels.
Of course we all know how Ella’s name became Cinderella, ….she would sleep by the fireplace in the kitchen for warmth and her face would have smudges of ashes…hence the step sisters named her “Cinderella” in mocked derision.
Then there is the famous Ball to which all are invited to meet the Prince… who is seeking a wife from all the eligible maidens in the Kingdom.
and then there is the Fairy Godmother, played by Helena Bonham Carter, who provides Cinderella with the most amazing blue dress…it is just magical.
The second meeting of the Prince, played by Richard Madden, (who played Rob Stark in Game of Thrones), sends Cinderella into the magical world of happily ever after stories….
Ella never dares to dream she might be the one chosen by the Prince.
And Don’t forget those glass slippers…..uh huh! 🙂
And the clock striking midnight!
But I don’t want to spoil the story for you, you will just have to go see it yourself and see how it ends! 😉
I like when I go away from a movie smiling….and this movie made me smile.
A fairy tale? Yes, but what is wrong with believing in fairy tales?
Have a great day, my dear readers!