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Refreshingly traditional in a revisionist era, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella proves Disney hasn't lost any of its old-fashioned magic. Read critic reviews

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After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things.

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  • Aug 30, 2016
    It's a more broadened take of Disney's classical fairy tale that is more spectacular than people would anticipate. The live-action Cinderella grasps everything magnificent about the 1950s animated landmark and updates its presentation with grand effects and scale that's both magical and memorable as the original. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2015
    Yes it's pretty, yes it's "traditional" but It's also mind-numbingly dull. Say what you will about Disney's animated version of this fairy tale but at least it had personality.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    Simple yet utterly charming. Cinderella never tries to ground its story in realism but rather embraces the magic of Disney. While the movie does lay some foundational ground for some characters it remains a faithful adaptation of the 1950 animated classic. Lily James plays an innocent, kind and enigmatic Cinderella gracing the screen with a sincere performance, while Cate Blanchett also adds some menacing depth to Lady Tremaine. The direction is flawless from Kenneth Branagh, with livid and breathtaking set pieces especially that of the royal palace. The chemistry with "Kit" Charming (Richard "there must always be a Stark in Winterfell" Madden) and Cinderella is also authentic and believable. The movie never claims to be less or more but rather a re-telling of a beloved classic. Disney's second renaissance is now flourishing. 3.5/5
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  • Oct 24, 2015
    Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Cinderella is an enchanting live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic. After the death of her father a young maiden named Ella finds herself at the hands of an abusive stepmother, but she soon finds hope after meeting a mysterious gentleman while out riding one day. Newcomer Lily James is especially charming as Cinderella, and Helena Bonham Carter gives an incredibly whimsical and inspired performance as the Fairy Godmother. Additionally, the costumes and set designs are extraordinarily well-done, giving the film a real fairy tale-like quality. However, the writers don't really do anything new with the story, and most of the characters are one-dimensional. Yet overall, Disney's Cinderella is a magical family film that maintains the charm and beauty of the animated original.
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