“Cinderella” is based off of the classic fairy tale by the same name. Kenneth Branagh is the Auteur of this film and has also directed classics such as Much Ado About Nothing and Thor. It won the Truly Moving Picture award and was nominated for two more awards. It is a revamp of the animated Disney classic. It stars Lily James as Cinderella and Richard Madden as the prince.
This film starts out beautifully cheery when Ella is a child and their lives are going happily, until suddenly her mother falls ill. Her mother dies, leaving Ella and her father. After a couple of years, her father decides to remarry. Ella is okay with this idea at first and is awfully kind to her new step siblings, who are so horrible they do not deserve the treatment that Ella gives them. One day Ella’s father says that he must go on another expedition and that she must stay in the house and to follow her new step mother’s orders until he returns.
After one particularly bad morning with her step family, Ella leaves her house on a horse and goes deep into the wood, there she meets the prince. She leaves the wood and has forgotten all about what happened with her step family. After a few days her step family announces that there will be a ball for a potential wife for the prince, Cinderella is terribly excited but her step family believe that she should not be allowed to go because she is a mere “servant girl”. Ella is distraught and she knows that she must find a way to get to the ball if she is to meet the man she met in the forest that day…
This film is absolutely beautiful, the auteur obviously gave a lot of interest the mise en scene because the entire set is completely beautiful. Likewise with the soundtrack, even though there is only two songs (A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo) they are still very beautiful. The use of many different film techniques makes this a thoroughly enjoyable film.
Personally I thought this film was amazing, I have watched it many times and have not gotten bored of it yet, I would recommend it to everyone because it was thoroughly enjoyable. It is a non-romanticised version of the classic fairy tale. I would rate it four stars out of five.