I was expecting to hate Cinderella, to be honest. The trailer just looked cheesy to me. But, no, I was charmed. The film is so charming. It was so charming that I sort of got very annoyed at the moment when they had to show the sequences of the Fairy Godmother and how they used the magic because it broke away from the light touch that was used throughout the film. Director Kenneth Branagh went heavy-handed with the transformation scenes and I’m already bored with Helena Bonham Carter and her quirky, crazy characters but, in Cinderella, she’s actually just right. But the transformation sequences were way over the top.
Thank goodness it was only two sequences. Everything else was just marvellous.
Read the review here: Cinderella: Magical, Charming, Surprising.
The acting is wonderful, especially by Downton Abbey’s Lily James and the always-magnificent Cate Blanchett. Richard Madden is dreamy as the prince (he makes me want to go out into the forest and rescue deer and stag in the hopes of finding a prince just like him).
Over-all, I was pleasantly surprised. It was charming, more than I gave it credit for and I’m glad my friend Cez got me into the theater to watch it.