Cinderella

Ok, here is the thing, I was skeptical when I started hearing about Cinderella and how she is portrayed as a girl of today, strong, powerful and not a damsel in distress. I could not but envision this new Cinderella in ripped jeans and AC/DC t-shirt, partying it up in a nightclub when she is approached by a prince with piercing and tattoos. She, dancing the evening away in her Jimmy Choo till the clock strikes 2 (last call), then runs out leaving her one Choo behind, jumps in a Uber cab and disappears.
So I sit in the theatre almost scared to open my eyes not sure what version of my favourite childhood fairytale I’m going to see.
And then the movie unfolds. It was a dream I didn’t want to wake up from. The lush green meadows, the snow capped mountains, blue flitting birds, sparkling sky and a victorian stone house with a quaint little garden in an enchanted corner of a kingdom far far away.
In this picture perfect landscape wafts in a breathtakingly beautiful damsel (not in distress), with hair spun out of gold, soft and kind eyes like a doe’s, laughter like bell chimes, our very own Cinderella (Lilly James). She was everything I ever thought Cinderella would be and more. But I was just starting to snuggle in to the deepest layer of my perfect dream made even more perfect by the devilishly beautiful stepmother (Cate Blanchett), the annoyingly funny stepsisters (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McSera) and the magical fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter).
With all these very special ingredients and with a little help from the visual arts and costume departments Kenneth Branagh weaves an exquisite tapestry, wondrous to behold. It’s spellbinding, it’s emotional, it’s hilarious and it’s charming.
Did I say charming? The charming part is all Richard Madden….the perfect prince.
And together it’s sheer magic.

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