‘When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.’ (IMDb) (by Kenneth Branagh, 105 min.)
I didn’t expect much of this film, except cuteness and a beautiful love story. I wanted it to be a typical Disney film full with magic and adorable characters. And it was exactly what I got.
It wasn’t the best movie, but the chemistry between Cinderella and Prince Charming was spot on. Cate Blanchett was amazing as the evil stepmother and the entire movie had a bit more story than the original animated feature. That part was really interesting to me.
The only thing I found a bit disappointing, was that Cinderella was still a bit shallow. I had hoped they would make her a bit more active, with a bit more substance. They did it with the evil stepmother. She got an entire backstory. We got introduced to Cinderella’s mother in the beginning of the film, but for me it didn’t give the story an extra boost.
Overall I liked this film a lot, and it was fun to see a different version of this story. It was not my favorite Disney animated feature, but this movie did deliver as a typical Disney movie, and as a huge fan of Disney, I couldn’t be more pleased.
3,5 out of 5 stars.