” Just because it’s whats done doesn’t mean it’s what should be done! “
- What is this movie about?
Really? Once upon a time there was a girl who lived happily with her mum and dad. Once day the mother died and the father remarried to a widow with to daughters. Then the father died and por (Cinder)Ella was left alone with the three bit**… until one day something magical happened!
- Why should you (definitely) watch it?
Not my favourite Disney cartoon pic but I liked this version much more, it’s more real, cause we all know that animals don’t talk! LOL! Yes, we all know the story by heart and if you had a childhood I bet you’ve seen the 1950’s cartoon version, so you shall watch this one too.
The story is (almost) the same as the cartoon one but is has been changed a bit. We get to see Cinderella’s mother and we get to see that she met the prince before the ball, which it makes more sense. Cause would you marry someone who just met at a ball and dance with them for like one minute? NO! Here they story is more developed, which is gratifying. There are no talking animals, but the mice are still there in their way. We get to see the iconic pumpkin scene, wich is quite hilarious by the way and also the iconic ball scape scene which I think is brilliant made, cause if you are on one side of the castle and the exit is at the other side of course you must run all the way!! Not simply puff, appear at the exit.
If you pay attention you will observe that there is a colour pattern for all characters, like Cinderella always wearing Blue and her sisters pink and green (like in the cartoon). Moreover, all things have bright colours which make it all more magical. Then, there is also the music, some tones form the original version and new versions that will keep you humming through all the film and after (not like a Let it Go kind of thing but still).
As for the performance, Lily James is terrific as Cinderella, cannot imagine anyone else playing her, plus, this Cinderella is more independent that the one of the cartoon version (thank god). Opposite here the is Cate Blanchett, who as always is awesome in her bad-ass stepmother role! So could please keep giving her mean characters? Then we have Rob Stark err I mean Richard Madden with his brightly blue eyes as the Prince who is definitely charming and we can forget the part where he falls for the prettiest one( if only for one second!!).
Above all, that the cast is mainly brits gives it last touch to this classic fairy tale and for 100 minutes you will forget about anything else. Just go and watch it your kids, they’ll love it, and the adults will too.
- Did you know?
– In an interview, Lily James who plays Cinderella says that the iconic glass slipper used in the film really doesn’t fit on her foot.
– If you pay attention during the ballroom dance scene, you will notice many of the dresses are designed on the dresses of various Disney princesses. You can spot Belle, Tiana, Aurora, Snow White, and Ariel.
– The lead role was offered to Emma Watson but she declined. She was later cast as Belle in Beauty and the Beast (2017), Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (1991).
– There’s a scene at the back of their house where Cinderella is feeding the animals while she’s humming the song “Sing, Sweet Nightingale”. The song is also sung by Cinderella while doing her chores in the 1950 animated film.
– The famous Rococo painting “The Swing”, that is pictured in Frozen as Anna dances around the castle, contains a woman losing her shoe as she swings in a garden. This is recreated in a scene in Cinderella 2015.
– At the very end of the credits Helena Bonham Carter’s voice can be heard saying, “Where did everybody go?”
– It’s a common misconception that Disney’s Cinderella (1950) and subsequently Cinderella (2015) cut some of the more violent and disturbing elements of the Brother’s Grimm fairy tale (such as the step-sisters cutting off their heels and toes to make the slipper fit and birds pecking out their eyes) in order to make the film more family friendly. In truth, Disney did not base the original film off of the Brothers Grimm’s “Aschenputtel” (19th century) but rather on “Cendrillon” written by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault’s version includes the fairy godmother and the pumpkin coach that are absent from the Grimm version, and does not include some of the more sinister elements. Both Cinderella (1950) and Cinderella (2015) credit the film as based on the Perrault story.