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Cinderella is 65 this year and as the whole world and its dog have been talking about the newly released, live-action version of the classic fairy-tale, Vada decided it was time to don the glass slippers and head to the cinema. (We walked BTW – there were no pumpkins available.)
Thankfully, Cinders still looks her youthful self in the film, despite being able to apply for a bus pass. Actress Lily James, who plays the abused princess, delivers a fantastic performance, capturing the raw emotion in Ella’s troubled life. Her sincerity and vulnerability portrays the princess in a light that the cartoon version simply couldn’t.
Lady Tremaine is as wicked as ever, maybe even more so than the original. The evil stepmother (fiend!) is played by none other than the tremendous Cate Blanchett, one of the only two non-British actors in the film. Her exploitation of Ella spirals into cruelty fairly quickly after the demise of Ella’s father, leaving her broken and desperate.
The plot stays true to the original throughout, twinging the nostalgia in you hardcore Disney fans. Don’t worry, Ella doesn’t have an iPhone and tweet her devastation at not being allowed to the ball. The old time setting is done beautifully, with all actors capturing the magic of the story perfectly.
Although we may be slightly biased – as we love the woman unconditionally – Helena Bonham Carter’s performance was one of the best we’ve seen to date. Even if it did only last 10 minutes. Her comic depiction of a slightly incompetent Fairy Godmother had us in stitches, and her witty one-liners were some of the best dialogue in the film.
The only one teeny, teeny, tiny negative we could find in the film was the fact that Prince Charming was not a 10 out of 10. Let’s face it, if you’re playing Charming you need to be perfect. Don’t get us wrong, he’s still a 9.5, and if we were Ella we probably would have sealed the deal in front of the whole ballroom.
If you haven’t watched it yet, A) WHY?!; B) have you been living under a rock; and C) get in the car now and head to the cinema. Like seriously. Right now. You better be going.
You can watch the trailer below to get excited on the way. GO!