Movie Review – Cinderella (2015)
Cinderella’s childhood is difficult to say the least, between losing both her parents, being enslaved by her wicked step-mother, and being taunted by her step-sisters. But when an opportunity arises to go to a special ball at the palace, Cinderella’s luck may finally be changing, thanks to her spirited energy and some magic.
This Disney live action remake of the classic tale is overall a pleasant success. The film itself has beautiful scenery and visual effects throughout, with the writing a good mix of action, drama, and comedy. (Although some of the comedic relief, such as the actions of the step-sisters, were a little over the top, repetitive, and/or clichéd.
Furthermore, the characterization and humanization of Cinderella is very thoughtful. Lily James does a fantastic job bringing Cinderella to life, bringing the character’s infallible kindness and spirit to the screen.
Other acting roles played by Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett are also successes.
That being said, the one thing to note in this movie is that although it was an enjoyable one to watch, nothing really set it apart from previous versions and from the tale we have come to know so well. The movie was somewhat formulaic and predictable in its script, and did not bring us anything new and interesting to the story. Unlike a recent Disney movie like Into the Woods, which did feel fresh and unique, Cinderella felt somewhat repetitive and predictable. Still something that was enjoyable, but overall, nothing special.
Overall: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.