Disney delights with new ‘Cinderella’

By Julianne Obregon

Disney reinvents its 1950s animated film “Cinderella” through live-action and leaves the audience wondering what will happen next.

In this version of the film, the audience is given the opportunity to get a better look at Cinderella’s life before and after her new family arrives.

When Cinderella, played by Lily James, was a young girl, she made a promise to her mother, played by Hayley Atwell, to have courage and kindness because that will get her through all of life’s trials.

James, known for “Wrath of the Titans,” was able to display the kindness and courage that Cinderella embodies.

She showed that she can play this version of Cinderella that demonstrates a bit of defiance but is still kind.

The promise proves hard to keep after her mother dies and her father, played by Ben Chaplin, remarries.

After Cinderella’s stepmother Lady Tremaine, played by Cate Blanchett, and stepsisters Drisella, played by Sophie McShera, and Anastasia, played by Holliday Grainger, move in to her family home, her life is turned upside down.

The day Cinderella realizes that her new family sees her as nothing more than a servant girl, she takes a horse and flees from home into the forest.

It’s there she meets Kit, played by Richard Madden, who gives her hope when she is beginning to lose it.

It isn’t until Cinderella arrives at the ball that she realizes that Kit is  the prince.

Kit falls for Cinderella even though it is against the King’s, played by Derek Jacobi, wishes.

Though the plot to this film may not be new, director Kenneth Branagh and screenplay writer Chris Weitz manage to leave the audience wondering what will happen next.

Branagh and Weitz show how Cinderella became a kind and courageous person by diving further into the past than the first film.

The film shows what kind of life Cinderella lived before tragedy struck her home.

Cinderella’s mother was a loving person that Atwell, known for “Captain America: The First Avenger” and TV series “Agent Carter,” performed flawlessly.

She displayed passion and love that made her character more believable.

When the  stepmother first appears, her dislike of the home and her actions make  it easy to hate her .

Though Tremaine is cruel to Cinderella, Branagh and Weitz show a side to the stepmother that the other movie didn’t show.

Her reason behind her marriage to Cinderella’s father is touched upon more.

Blanchett, known for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” shows once again that she can handle whatever role is given to her.

The prince in this story is also different from the original version. He’s not just prince looking for a bride, but a prince looking for love.

Each character in this film has a different side to them that wasn’t in the original film that makes the movie enjoyable, even though the story has been told before.

“Cinderella” is currently in theaters with a PG rating for action and peril, rude humor and thematic elements.


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