Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writers: Chris Weitz, Charles Perrault
Staring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden
Release Date: March 13, 2015
It is not fair to have Lily James and Richard Madden share the same screen. It is not fair at all.
Is this the best version of Cinderella that I have seen? It very well might be.
Ella (Lilly James) is the titular character and her world is turned upside down and negative when her father (Ben Chaplin) dies and the evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett) takes over the manor and her life. The annoyance of Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) adds to her pain and there is seemingly no escape for the misery.
Everyone knows the story. That is pretty damn easy. The hard part is understanding how perfect the casting Richard Madden is as Prince Charming. When you compare Madden as the love interest compared to Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998), it is not even close. Dougray Scott has zero chance against Madden. It’s a bloodbath.
Other strong parts of Cinderalla include Blanchett being wonderfully evil in a a non-cartoonish way and the dresses that she wears. This movie was nominated for an Oscar for Costume Design and it is deserved. I love how the stepmother’s main color is green, like a serpent . She has slithered her way into a winning position and is poisoning those around her to continue it.
Cinderella has inspired me to write to two more blogs; the hottest couples (characters, not real people) to ever appear in a movie together and then rank all the Disney (originally animated) live action remake.
P.S. – WHY IS THIS NOT ON DISNEY+???
STANKO RATING: B+ (4.0/5 Stars)