Cinderella (2015) (♦♦♦♦♦)

My gosh! I loved this movie. I got such a high that I practically felt like I was in love. No kidding, I'm still smiling and my heart is fluttering!

What can I say about this live version of Cinderella? It's perfect! How you noticed how many exclamation points I've used already? Let me calm down...Ah... The cast is perfect: Lily James is an adorable, courageous and kind Cinderella. Richard Madden, the gorgeous Robb Stark of Games of Thrones (GOT) fame is a dashing and charming prince. Gosh, he practically stole the movie from Lily James and Cate Blanchett with that smile of his. Cate Blanchett is perfection as the malevolent and scheming stepmother, though I can't stop thinking that she should have been given more screen time. Hayley Atwell did whatever little she could in virtually a cameo appearance as Ella's mother, though I hardly recognized her as a blonde. Helena Bonham Carter has a flair for interpreting whimsical characters and she literally does magic as the fairy godmother. Derek Jacobi as the dying king, Stellan Skarsgård, as the grand duke, and Nonso Anozie, also of GOT fame, as the captain of the royal guard complete the ensemble.

But the cast is not the only beautiful touch in this movie, so are the lavish and colorful costumes, the sweet musical score, the special effects, and the masterful direction of Kenneth Branagh.

I want to watch this gem again before my rental expires, but I think I will be buying this one to treasure it. This version of Cinderella is simply a winner in every sense.

Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this one too - and you're right the evil stepmom Blanchett could have used a little more of an airing - she played a great role I thought.
    Lynn :D

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  2. I really want to see this film, even more so now I've read your thoughts on it!

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    1. I watched twice and loved it both times. I hope you do too, Jessica.

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  3. That is certainly an A-list cast. How could the movie not be wonderful?

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    1. Well, sometimes the cast is superb and the screenplay not so much so they don't have much to go with, but it wasn't the case here. Everything in this movie contributed to its overall appeal.

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  4. I am sold. I wasn't sure about this one but now it is going right into the queue! I am blown away by how well you know all your actors but I guess I shouldn't be surprised as you are a movie buff. Nice review. I like gushing reviews because sometimes you just need to gush!!

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    1. Gosh, it's true. Sometimes you just need to gush, and with this movie it was totally appropriate. :-D

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  5. Ditto. You sold me on it too. I went & watched the trailer and Lily James does seem the perfect Cinderella. She seems to embody her!

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    1. Lily James was the perfect Cinderella but I was quite taken with the prince! ;-)

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