If you’ve been on the fence about the new Disney Cinderella movie, you are not alone, because we have been too. It’s really hard to recreate a timeless classic without tearing it up into pieces, however, the new film not only preserved the classic, it added elements that helps us appreciate the classic even more.
For example, it went further back into Ella’s happy childhood when her beloved mother and father were still alive. How does her Dad meet her Stepmother? We also learn more about the Prince’s prior commitments to marry for benefits and power. Will he be able to marry for love? Also, will he still love her when he finds out she’s not a real Princess? So you see, it’s not just about the flowery fairytale that we all know and love, it has realistic and humanistic challenges that the couple will need to overcome, thus having us fall in love with Cinderella all over again.
Bella (Lily James) and the Prince (Richard Madden) have amazing chemistry, and were both enchanting. The wicked Stepmother (Cate Blanchette) is as evil as ever, her Stepsisters are annoying as they should be, and the Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) was fun and mystical. We loved that the transformation had just the right amount of magic, and they didn’t over do it. We also liked the part when the magic came undone.