Like many girls everywhere, I was Cinderella. I ate, breathed and diva me, was the Cinder girl. I couldn’t get enough of the classic story. For most of my childhood Cinderella was the book we read at bedtime, and it was the pretend game of choice. I have definitely been building up to watch the New Disney Film Cinderella live action movie which will be in theaters everywhere starting today March 13th!
Here is a preview for you:I WANT TO TELL YOU A SECRET THAT WILL SEE YOU THROUGH ALL THE TRIALS THAT LIFE CAN OFFER: HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND. —ELLA’S MOTHER
This was of the amazing power the film had for me, as it brought to light many aspects of our humanity, but truly emphasized on the values we know and love of Disney: friendship, kindness, finding joy in life, compassion, I don’t have to tell them to you.
We watched the advance screening for the New Disney Film Cinderella, yay! Yes, I am all over it. The film does retain many of the elements we love of the animated version of it. Before we go forward, here is the official boilerplate to the movie:
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.
Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”
When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress.
Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1”) and David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”) with Tim Lewis (“Edge of Tomorrow”) serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”).
Besides reliving my own childhood happy Cinderella moments with this beautifully made movie, I was feeding my cinematographic passion. I enjoyed very much the way the scenery seemed to come alive in an amazing and felt textured at times. The opulence of the castle matched the one of my imagination. No detail was left to chance. The costume department had me wanting to see more! I was eager to watch the outfits of a very stylish step-mother.WHERE THERE IS KINDNESS, THERE IS GOODNESS, AND WHERE THERE IS GOODNESS, THERE IS MAGIC. —ELLA’S MOTHER
It touched me to watch in the film the interaction and story of Cinderella’s original family unit. A Classic modernized, the New Disney Film Cinderella still talks about courage, strength and overcoming obstacles.
I could keep talking for hours about all the things I loved of Disney’s Cinderella. But I will let you go enjoy the film and tell me what you thought about it.
While you actually make it to the theater, I wanted to share great news: In honor of Disney’s CINDERELLA, opening in theaters everywhere on March 13th, enter today for your chance to win a 5-day, 4-night enchanting vacation for four to the Walt Disney World® Resort including one special night in the Cinderella Castle Suite!!!
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I am off to find my glass slipper and play with my princesses before we go back to watch the film again!