Disney's real life adaptation of Cinderella follows the beloved animated film significantly, so audiences can't dislike this film if they tried, unoriginal as it is.
The fairy tale of Cinderella should be well known by now, with the Grimm’s folk tale, Disney 1950 original, the Drew Barrymore “real” adaptation, the Hillary Duff tween modernization, and now recent release. A fair and true maiden is left to a life of poverty and servitude by her horrid step mother when her father unexpectedly passes away, and she meets and falls for a handsome prince and they live happily ever after.
Thankfully Disney finally took an adaptation of its successful animated films seriously by getting actors who could inhabit and bring to life their much adored characters. Lily James is Cinderella; she is sweet, sincere, kind but not in a saccharinely unbelievable sort of way. Her relatively unknown persona significantly adds to her ability to pull off playing such a wide-eyed wonderess. The real casting masterstroke is having Cate Blanchett play the wicked step mother in this cinema telling of Cinderella. With the talent of a seasoned veteran she finds the harmonious balance of evil and yet never turns into a caricature.
The criticisms for Disney’s Cinderella are few and far in between. With a real life adaptation of animated source material from sixty-five years ago, one hopes that a new spin from the inclusion of humanity will be added to the film in some way, and it is not. Especially in regard to the villainous step-mother: villains always have a two dimensional perspective to their character that one hopes will be fleshed out, pun intended. Besides a fleeting conversation nearing the conclusion of the film, Cinderella does not even bother to illuminate the cause for the step mother’s malevolence and it is a pity and a misstep.
Its faithfulness to the original plot is both a catalyst and hindrance to the film’s success. Had Cinderella deviated too far from the 1950 original, fans would be outraged, but the 2015 version has nothing to add to the story which leaves fans asking ‘besides being beautiful and perfectly acceptable film, and for financially beneficial reasons, why?”
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Cinderella (2015) – Review