Cinderella - What You Need To Know
Following the success of Maleficent, Disney take another one of their iconic animations and give her the live-action treatment. This time Kenneth Branagh directs a lavish new Cinderella and here is everything you need to know about this brand new take on the iconic story...
What’s The Plot?
It’s Cinderella so most of you will have a pretty good idea of what happens, but there are a few little twists. We begin with young Ella and her loving mother and father at home in the countryside surrounded by love, magic and lots of niceness, then, suddenly, things take a dramatic downturn when her mother passes away and her father marries Lady Tremaine, the widow of an old acquaintance, who has two daughters: Drisella and Anastasia.
When her father is called away on business and it’s then revealed that he has passed away, Ella is left alone with her new step family who reveal themselves to be cruel and heartless. Tremaine dismisses the servants and forces Ella to do all their work, even making her sleep by the fireplace for warmth. When she rises the next day with her face covered in cinders, her stepsisters consequently mock her and call her "Cinderella", completing the transformation into the character we know so well.
Elsewhere in the kingdom, Prince ‘Kit’ Charming has been told he needs to find himself a bride, ideally at the upcoming ball, a ball Cinderella is determined to attend and her step-family are determined to make sure she doesn’t...
Who’s In It?
Downton Abbey star Lily James leads the way as Ella herself, with Cate Blanchett taking on the role of Cinderella's cruel stepmother and Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera as her daughters Anastasia and Drisella.
One-time Game Of Thrones' star Richard Madden plays Prince Charming, with Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. Stellan Skarsgård and Derek Jacobi also feature in the supporting cast, with Skarsgård as The Grand Duke and Jacobi as The King, while Hayley Atwell and Ben Chaplin have brief roles as Ella’s parents.
Does It Deliver?
Given Disney, at the last count, have live-action versions of The Sword In The Stone, Beauty And The Beast, Prince Charming, Pinnochio, Aladdin, Mulan, Dumbo and The Jungle Book in various stages of development and production, it’s fair to say Cinderella was something of a success.
Branagh’s lavish adaptation will thrill both kids and adults alike with its big-hearted script and wonderfully over the top performances from Bonham Carter and Blanchett, it’s well worth picking up on DVD.