So Emmie and I took a jaunt to the cinema on Sunday to see the new Cinderella film. I had next to no expectations. I hate films. I hate the cinema. But I thought it would be fun to spend some time together “just girls” as she says. With a breastfeeding baby, I’ve had minimal alone time with Emmie since Joseph was born so I’m enjoying having time alone with her once again.
Apart from the scene setting at the beginning, the film is pretty faithful to the original story. In a good way. There are no major surprises but I don’t think you want there to be. I was impressed with the cast but watching it with an American audience, I imagine 95% of the names would have gone over their heads. I laughed initially because it’s like a backwards version of Downton Abbey. Lady Rose (Lily James) is Cinderella and Daisy (Sophie McShera) is the Ugly Sisters’ Drisella.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Rob Bryden and Richard Madden feature and Helena Bonham Carter is absolutely amazing as the Fairy Godmother. The disappointing part is that she’s just in the one scene. You know the one; where the pumpkin gets turned into the carriage. There was way more mileage that could have been extrapolated from her and it felt like a bit of a waste of her character, costume and make-up. She looked rather beautiful and I was left wanting much more of her.
Cate Blanchett as the Wicked Stepmother was dressed to kill. Her costumes were to die for and I loved each and every one. Cinders on the other hand went to the ball in a carbon copy of the Disney animated dress. The glass slippers were pretty fantastic, but the gown itself? Really quite dull and boring.
Overall, I did enjoy it. It wasn’t brilliant but a solid 6.5/10. The admission fee was paid for ten-fold with the original short; Frozen Fever. Elsa and Anna were on our screens for nearly 10 minutes. I hadn’t told Emmie so the squeal of delight as it came on and her giggling herself stupid over Olaf and the mini Olafs was just a delight to watch. Check out the trailer below.
Cinderella is released in UK cinemas on Friday 27th March 2015.
I can’t wait to hear what you think too!