So on Christmas Day last year the big film of the day was a choice between Harry Potter and Cinderella, and seeing as I’m not a fan of Harry Potter, Cinderella was the obvious choice, plus I was also curious to see how it stacked up against Beauty and the Beast, it being a live-action remake and all.
The answer is, not very well. Don’t get me wrong it was an okay film, it wasn’t completely terrible, I didn’t feel like I’d wasted my time watching it, but it wasn’t a brilliant film all the same. My main problem and my biggest problem with this film was that it didn’t really feel very fresh or new in terms of it being a re-telling of an old tale. The thing that made Beauty and the Beast stand out for me was that it was still a re-telling of an old story, it was still recognisably Beauty and the Beast, but at the same time it felt like it was being told in a new way, it felt like it had been given a new lick of paint, and it was it’s own thing. Whereas Cinderella on the on the other hand, I felt like, by the end of the film in particular, the paint was starting to peel away a little bit, and it felt like it was keeping too close to the original story, and it was almost as if Kenneth Brannagh was too afraid to do his own thing and take any risks in a way.
There were some things that I liked about this film though, namely it’s main star Lily James, who of course played Cinderella. Much in the same way that Emma Watson felt like the perfect fit for Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Lily James very much felt like the perfect fit for Cinderella, when I was watching her performance I just thought that she felt very right for the part and that she fitted in this world very well. A scene that particularly stood out for me was towards the end of the film when she’s leaving her Stepmother behind, and she turns to her for one final time and says “I forgive you,” I thought that that line was delivered with such weight and gravitas that you really did feel like she meant it when she said that, and it was another sign to me that made me feel like we was in good hands with Lily James playing Cinderella in this film.
I also thought that she was the perfect match for Richard Madden’s Kit as well, all throughout the film I was properly rooting for them to get together, and I thought that having Richard Madden opposite Lily James really added to the whole fairytale vibe of the film as well, because you just look at Richard Madden and he instantly looks like a Prince Charming, so to have him in the film just completely works I think.
Another stand-out performance that I really enjoyed was Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. Similarly with Lily James’s Cinderella, Helena Bonham Carter also feels like the perfect fit for the Fairy Godmother because she’s already got that really zany, bubbly personality, and I thought that really shone through in her performance as the Fairy Godmother. And in that respect as well I really felt like it added something new and fresh to this film, and was something that we haven’t really seen before, and I also thought that it made for very engaging viewing as well watching her character bounce off Lily James’s Cinderella.
All in all I thought this was an okay film, as I said at the top of the article, I’m not sure if I would watch it again, I would say that I did enjoy probably the first two thirds of the film, but for about the last third of the film I felt as though it was dragging on so much and I already knew what was going to happen anyway, so I just kind of felt like I wanted the film to finish really, I was just so bored with it to be honest with you. I thought it was good but not as good as Beauty and the Beast. I know I often say that I don’t think you should compare films against one another, but the only reason I say is because I feel like Beauty and the Beast is as good of a retelling of old story as it can be, and Cinderella just wasn’t quite there, that’s why I compare the two, because I feel like Cinderella is good but not as good as it can be.
That was what I thought, but what did you think? Did you enjoy it a lot more than me? Is Cinderella actually your favourite live-action remake of the Disney fairy tales? Do be sure to let me know down in the comments section what your thoughts are as I would love to hear from you, and be sure to give this article a like as well if you enjoyed it as I really appreciate it. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.