Good acting and animation, but no singing!
Cinderella (Lily James) is stuck with Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters: Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) after her father (Ben Chaplin) passes away. Cinderella keeps the parting words of her mother (Hayley Atwell) close to heart, to’ have courage and be kind’ and she doesn’t let her circumstance bring her down. She meets the Prince (Richard Madden) while out horse-riding and only realizes his status at the ball in which she had help from her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) to attend. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Pretty much everyone knows the story of Cinderella, so this remake would not have been about the story but about how it was told. Regretfully it was kind of boring. Disney is famous for having songs in their movies, and I know I have complained about them before (Frozen had a bit too many), but for classic films that have already established their songs why would you remove them?! That is a major flaw of this film, for me personally.
The acting was pretty good, but it felt lacking. James does a good job with being cheerful and bright most of the time. (I liked how James and McShera are both from Downton Abbey and their roles are reversed somewhat) Carter does a great job as fairy godmother and I wished she had more parts. Blanchett was believable as the evil stepmother and her expressions really help with the character. However it felt that the character’s didn’t really have much of a personality to them. I mean they are stock characters, but their personality doesn’t come off as more than that. They act and speak in certain ways, and seem more 2D than actual characters. The prince especially seems pretty dull, and doesn’t have much princely charm.
It might have been the script too that made the film seem pretty boring. There isn’t much to entice the audience. The talking was quite a drawl and there did not seem to be much chemistry between the characters.
However, I did enjoy the costumes and the animation. Filled with bright colours and cute animals, this part was well done. The goose was especially entertaining. The only magical element is with the fairy godmother and it was limited, but that was probably the best part of the film. I was looking forward to the songs…oh well.
PROS: Acting, animation, costumes
CONS: Dull characters, script, no singing
I give this a 4/10.
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