There are some who might approach Cinderella with cynicism or circumspection. Abandon these sentiments.
Yes, the film begins somewhat too treacly, complete with melodramatic exchanges and breathily gasped exclamations; yes, there are uneven special effects that detract from the zoological charm. Nonetheless Cinderella is entirely sweet, utterly earnest and comes into its own following the schmaltzy introduction.
Branagh achieves the polish and pace to display exciting choreography, magnificent costumes and Weitz’s entertaining writing – on top of breath-taking production design – to grand effect. The film is rich with enjoyment, showcasing wonderful performances, truly convincing relationships, exhilarating set pieces and tongue-in-cheek humour.
Disney to its core, Cinderella is charmingly enjoyable fairy-tale fun with actually likeable romantic leads. Suspend your cynicism and enjoy the magic.
CAST: Hayley Atwell, Lily James, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Stellan Skarsgård, Derek Jacobi, Nonso Anozie
DIRECTOR: Kenneth Branagh
WRITER: Chris Weitz
SYNOPSIS: Cinderella is a live-action retelling of the classic fairytale about a kind hearted step-daughter-come-servant-girl (James) who falls in love with a prince.