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A Film Review
Basic information. Cinderella (2015) is a romantic fantasy film directed by Keneth Branagh, screenplay written by Chris Weitz, produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur for Walt Disney Pictures. The film stars are Lily James as Ella («Cinderella»)- Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (the Stepmother), Richard Madden as Prince Charming, Sophie McShera as Drisella, Holliday Grainger as Anastasia and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. The world premiere of Cinderella was on February 13, 2015, at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, it was released on March 13, 2015.
Background to the story. The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father died, she finds out that her new family is jealous and cruel. She is turned into a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella. But still Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind”. Then she meets the dashing stranger in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, Ella feels she has met a kindred soul. The Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball but her stepmother forbids her to attend it. Only her Godmother’s help lets Cinderella go to the ball and change her life forever.
Opinions. The film received generally positive critical reviews and earned over $474 million worldwide.
Recommendations. This film is worth seeing with the whole family.
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