I loved the story and animated Disney film of Cinderella when I was young. But when I grew up, I couldn’t figure out why Cinderella was such a sucker, letting her stepmother and stepsisters treat her so badly. But my six-year old daughter, Moozles, still loves Cinderella. What little girl could resist the idea of a fairy godmother, sparkly, glass high heels and dancing with a prince?
The new live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is beautiful to look at. But more than that, the story makes more sense than the fairy tale. Ella’s dying mother tells her to always be brave and kind. These words stay with her as she copes with an unwanted stepmother and rude stepsisters. And when her father dies, Ella focuses on keeping busy rather than spending any inheritance on lace and wide-brimmed hats. But a chance meeting with a handsome stranger changes everything.
Cinderella will appeal to children and adults. It is a captivating story with great acting and humour thrown in for good measure. Lily James is a wonderful Cinderella. She will draw you into her character. And there will be tears. Yes, there will be tears.
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