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Other than the magnificent production design, nothing is new to this re-interpretation of the old fairy tale. Cinderella is still the underdog, the step mother together with the 2 step sisters are still wicked to Cinderella, the Fairy God Mother is still perky, Cinderella still got to attend the ball and danced with the prince and of course she still transforms at the stroke of midnight.
This is a beautifully made movie with magnificent and magical production design; Cate Blanchet as the wicked step mother did very well and she is magnificent in her couture gowns and stole every scene she was in. She made the wicked step mother more human and gave us the reason why she is cruel and mean (if you have two idiot daughters you would too). Other than this, I don’t see the point of re-making the movie other to make money for Disney.
It is beautiful to look at and you will enjoy this movie if you are young and young at heart and loves fairy tales.
It stars Cate Blanchet as the Wicked Step Mother, Lily James as Ella (aka Cinderella), Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy God Mother, Sophie McShera (starred in Downton Abbey as Daisy the kitchen maid) as Drisella and Holliday Grainger (starred in The Borgias as Lucrezia Borgia) as Anastasia. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
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