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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.
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It's good-natured and silly, with nice support from Rob Brydon, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi and Katie West.
Nearly a century after that black-and-white cartoon short, and 65 years after a "classic" animated feature that missed the mark, Disney finally got Cinderella right -- for now and, happily, ever after.
Cinderella is a wonderfully realized family feature that retains the strengths of its source material while at the same time updating it for today's audiences.
The colors - good lord. They're like nothing you could experience in the real world. Cinderella's behemoth of a ball gown alone is 50 shades of blue.
Some of the supporting players, most resplendently Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Derek Jacobi as the ailing king, are very fine. The film never soars, though.
I'm all for confection, but this movie takes that too far. Cinderella and the prince look like they belong on a wedding cake.
Adult viewers' enjoyment of the film depends on the expectations they bring to the table, but young ones will find true joy falling in love with the sooty princess-in-training for the first time.
Nothing is glaringly wrong with this Cinderella.
In Cinderella, Branagh has created a beautiful, funny and poignant retelling of a classic tale taking us down a thoroughly enjoyable path of nostalgia.
Cinderella is incredibly smart and kind of amazing.
It doesn't stray far from familiar territory but manages to be a refreshing piece of cinema.
Lushly gorgeous and opulently vibrant.
In times of subversive and revisionist takes on fairy tales, it is a pleasure to see Branagh be so faithful to the classic story with such a passionate, magical and dazzling approach that includes a gorgeous art direction and costume design, astonishing visual effects and a beautiful score.
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
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.
Not bad at all. I actually quite enjoyed this adaptation. The evil stepmother really cane through and visually it was awesome.
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