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by Dianna Ranere

Disney’s Live-Action Cinderella has Courage and is Captivating #Cinderella #CinderellaEvent

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What can I say about Cinderella, a story as old as time? People everywhere from 3 to 93 have heard the story, and almost just as many people have dreamed of living her life, or maybe even being the Prince for a day. This story resonates with everyone, whether you want it to or not.

This story resonates with everyone…

Having promoted the film since the beginning, I couldn’t wait to see it come together. To finally see all the beautiful images come to life on the big screen at the El Capitan Theatre was a memory I am sure not to forget anytime soon.

 

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 The story, we all know it well, the young girl who lives a simple life and loves her parents with all her heart, is then thrust into a world of where her parents are no more and she is treated like a common housemaid by her evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and step sisters (Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger). Most of the story remains the same in this rendition, Branagh did tweak it some, and as he explained in our interview, he made Cinderella more proactive in this version, , she’s not just a poor housemaid waiting for her Prince to rescue her.

I really appreciated that, I mean, it is 2015 and that notion is terribly outdated, so it was interesting to see just how much independence he would give the girl who is essentially being held captive the entire movie. It seemed a daunting task, but you know what? He did it, and it worked beautifully without changing the storyline in a drastic manner. Cinderella isn’t that poor little girl, no sirree, she is strong-willed, patient and most of all is kind. She puts up with a lot and ultimately wins in the end in more ways than one.

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Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, and Helena Bonham Carter are all perfection in their roles, so much so that I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing them, the casting was spot on!

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Lily as Cinderella, and the chemistry between she and Richard is goosebump-inducing, from the very first moment they meet in the forest to the point in which he places his hand on the small of her back at the ball, you feel the attraction and you want them to be together…….forever.

Lily plays a very emotionally charged Cinderella, and rightfully so, she loses so much in this film and believe me, you feel it. Be sure to grab some tissues before going into the film, you will need them, especially if you have lost parents, just take my word for it.

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Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother is superb. She gave the character a depth that the cartoon couldn’t. You learn why she is so cold and evil, and dare I say it, you feel for her, until of course her evil tongue lashes out at Cinderella, and you hate her all over again. This is a testament to the writing and to the acting.

 

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I adore Helena Bonham Carter, so I couldn’t wait for her to appear on screen. Her rendition of the Fairy Godmother was awesome, not as bumbly as the original, but funny, and beautiful and just all around captivating. Also, the carriage transformation scenes are amazing!!

 
 
 

Everything in the movie from the sets to the gorgeous costumes were on point. It was truly a gorgeous film to watch and I can’t wait to go and see it again!

Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Holliday Grainger, Lily James, Sophie McShera

 Cinderella is in theaters today!

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Disclosure:  I was provided with an all-expense trip to LA by Walt Disney Studios to attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Cinderella. All opinions are 100% my own. This is accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of. Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.