Friday, 3 April 2015

'Cinderella' 2015 [MOVIE REVIEW]

[Warning, may contain spoilers]


One of the most anticipated movies of this year, especially for us giant Disney fanatics, was the live action re-make of Disney's 1950 triple academy award winning classic, the animated Cinderella.
I for one was a little hesitant to jump aboard the love train, I didn't even watch any trailers or promos.
How could they re-do such a well loved, childhood favourite of so many? Would it ruin the story, would it be completely different yet just under the same name? Well I'm here to talk about why I think Disney has succeeded yet again in capturing my heart, by-passing any expectations and producing a beautiful motion picture to treasure for a lifetime.


(If you haven't seen the movie or indeed the trailer, feel free to have a watch below before reading on.)



Unlike the recent 'Into the Woods' and 'Maleficent' as well as Tim Burton's 2010 adaptation of 'Alice in Wonderland', Cinderella stays very close to the original storyline, though with more in-depth looks at the characters backgrounds and added peaks and troughs of emotion that make this version a one more for the older children at heart. Mixing modern and traditional themes together, the movie keeps you wondering what is in store next, despite already being well acquainted with the tale. (FYI, I soaked through 4 tissues with tears haha, I'm extremely emotionally attached to the fairytale life...).

So first of all, can we just address the fact that I was pleasantly surprised by the casting?! From the moment we are introduced to each character they are (personality wise at least) mirror images of their 1950s counterparts - completely. And the acting is just as superb, each actor bringing to life the 2D colourful characters I looked at in awe as a child. 
Lily James is someone I'd never heard of, having not watched Downton Abbey (until after seeing this movie), and to be honest from the promotional photos I'd seen I didn't really picture her as Cinderella. However, she played such a beautifully kind hearted and sweet girl, truly believable as Princess material, but then also bringing a new dimension to the character showing her as a strong girl, certainly not a push over. 
The rest of the cast? Now how couldn't Game of Thrones' Rob Stark (Richard Madden) not be a perfect Prince?! In all honesty, he was almost unrecognisable and portrayed a not-so-typical Disney Prince with pride. I love that we got to see more of his life, his background and his relationship with his father, the King, which was so special! 
Helena Bonham Carter brought her awesomely unique flare to the role of the Fairy Godmother - differing from the soft-spoken original; Cate Blanchett was a brilliantly evil step-mother (laugh and all!) and the cameo from Rob Brydon was a lovely scene to lighten the mood. 



Particularly memorable moments for me were; Ella's relationship with her father and of course the scene in which her life takes the drastic turn due to hearing of her father's unfortunate fate, the initial meeting of 'Apprentice Kit' and the saving of the stag (totally something I would do), the moment 'Lavenders Blue' plays at the ball - the song that Ella's mother sang to her as a child and obviously the whole animal friendship that made me feel a lot more normal about talking to and treating animals as equals.

Overall I cannot sing this movies praises enough...and that isn't just me being bias. I really believe that Cinderella in 2015 stands alone as a work of art from the acting to the costumes, from the CGI to the score. All pure magic.




Finally, not to bring the tone down at all but I just had to mention the absolute absurdity that is the fuss behind Lily's waist size. For one, she is a naturally slim (yet healthy might I add) young lady and it is even apparent in her costumes before the ball that she is small set. The lady herself has spoken out against the speculation of CGI to thin down her waist and dismissed the comments that she stuck to a liquid diet while in the iconic blue gown, saying that nothing but a corset was used - which is what would've been used in the actual time period to be fair.
Corsets are more than familiar to more than one of the actresses in this movie (a Downton co-star of Lily's, Sophie McShera, plays Drisella: the stepsister who comes up with her 'ingenious' nickname for Ella) as they are also used in Downton Abbey, and I'm sure they are used in many other movies and shows too! The volume of the skirt would more than extenuate anyone's waist surely, so of course, made a small waist look extra tiny.
I'm pretty sure if the media were talking about someone looking too overweight there would be uproar - so what is the difference when shaming a thinner person? None! I for one thought everyone looked phenomenal, as did all of the costumes.

"I'm so healthy. I've got hips and boobs and a bum and a small waist."  - Lily James. 


Have you seen Cinderella yet? What did you think?? If not, are you going to see it? Let me know in the comments below! 





11 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see this, the trailer looked brilliant and I did like Lily James in Downton Abbey, she played a much lighter character and she was fun to watch. I'm excited to see Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother too, I think they did a pretty good job on the casting. This is a really good review, Danielle, and has got me even more excited to see it soon! - Tasha

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    1. Im glad you liked the review! It really is amazing, Im actually watching it right now for the second time and I think Id go as far as saying I like it better than the original!

      xo

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  2. It looks absolutely magical! Being a huge Downton Abbey fan, I'm thrilled that there are some familiar faces in the movie. Can't wait to see it!!

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    1. It really is fabulous! There are 2 Downtown Actresses and 2 Game of Thrones actors, as far as I know...perhaps more!
      I hope you enjoy it, well I know you will :)

      xo

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  3. I was really impressed with Cinderella, I thought it was nice it actually stuck to the original story, the characters were all true to their original characters. I was really impressed with the design of the film, especially the clothes, so amazing!

    Emma x
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    1. Exactly, I completely agree. 11 out of 10 from me!

      xo

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  4. Hello Danielle, I cannot wait to see this movie! Props look really high quality. I need some magic in my life. Find me: http://www.igaberry.com Love, Iga x

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    1. They worked a lot with Swarovski and had the brilliant Sandy Powell on costume design, so the clothing and props were extremely high quality! The shoes are actually made of Swarovski crystal, not glass!
      Most certainly a must see!

      xo

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  5. I absolutely adored it! It was a perfect love action adaptation. The casting was brilliant like you say and every scene was just shot beautifully. I am definitely going again!

    Sophia :) xxx

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    1. Wasn't it just beautiful?! I've seen it twice now and I'm sure I'll see it many more times. Fantastic movie!

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  6. Aw I had so much fun reading your review. I watched it the day it came out and I thought about you a few times. It's a very Disney typical film and sweet and I love the costumes a lot. I knew Lily from other films and I'm so pleased she got the role and will be more famous now :) She is a gorgeous lady. She said in one interview that on the day of filming with the blue ball dress she was only allowed drinking water that day to fit into the dress. I think that's a reason why people are so alarmed and enraged about her waist line.

    I didn't like the prince, I found him ugly to look at (ah he may be the sweetest person in real life, but I simply could not fall in love with him). And did you see all those steps she had to walk up to get to the castle. I was exhausted just looking at it :)

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