*I was compensated for this review by being able to watch this beautiful cute movie for free by Disney*
This mom was super happy to see Frozen Fever before the actual movie Cinderella! It was very cute and starred all of my favorite characters! I don’t want to give away the actual short film but it was ubber cute! I loved seeing these famous sisters together as well as all of the other memorable characters. I will warn you, get ready to giggle and smile the whole way through as you see the Frozen group back together again.
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods.
Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
Ella’s Childhood Story
This honestly was a must see for me since the cartoon version of Cinderella was played almost every other day in my home as a child. I have seen previous real life Cinderella movies but many always left me feeling as though I never really got to know ELLA. The thoughts I’m always left with are ” Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she end up in her position? Can she really talk to animals?” These questions of course have loomed in my head since my early years of watching the original movie.
At the very beginning of this movie you are taken back to Ella’s childhood which gives a look into her early years in life. This was so informative for me since I have always wondered about her parents and her mother in the previous movies. I felt as though it gave great insight into why Ella grew up to be the kind and generous person she was. Her mother was able to teach her those things in her childhood that later on in the movie and her life she held on to and valued. Her mother taught her to always “Have Courage and Be Kind” No matter what! This lesson was valued throughout her life and more so in her darkest hours.
As many of us know her father dies and she is left alone with her step mother and two step sisters. In this movie Disney went deeper into Ella and her fathers store giving insight to their bond and love. I loved how they did this giving this store even more life and insight into how their classic Disney princess came to be. Ella’s new step mother was played fiercely by Cate Blachett who embodied a scorn woman well. The story plays out as the classic tale with her unhappy rude step sisters.
I loved how this movie introduced the prince and how they portrayed him as a relate-able human being. I also loved the encounters they had together as they were magical and classic. In this real life version the prince stopped at nothing to find his lost princess. The lengths he went to just to find his lost princess stayed true to Cinderellas Mothers saying “Have Courage and Be Kind”.
I would highly recommend this movie for all the little princess’s out there, it’s defiantly a great film for the whole family that involves some really cute humor. I found myself saying “AWWW!” and laughing throughout the movie. Bring your family and friends to see this awesome movie since now its in theaters!
Genre: Live Action
U.S. Release date: March 13, 2015
Running time: TBD
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård,
Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur, David Barron
Executive Producer: Tim Lewis
Screenplay by: Chris Weitz
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