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.