Starring Lily James as Cinderella (Ella), Cate Blanchett as the wicked Stepmother (Lady Tremaine), Richard Madden as Prince Charming (Kit) and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. This 2 hours long movie followed true to the storyline, unlike the many such as "Into the Woods" which were screened of late.
To me, the best part of the movie wasn't the romance between Prince Kit and Ella, which was saccharine sweet, but the fantastic portrayal by Cate as the stepmother. She proved to be my screen goddess once again. Every role she steps into, she does it so naturally and convincingly. In this movie, she was every bit the much hated and wicked Stepmother everybody will grow to loathe.
Oh, I am beginning to see a trend in society where every young girl wants to become a princess. Who would eventually emerge as the real princess(es) where courage and kindness triumph all the hardships?
|Ella's first encounter with Kit, the "apprentice"|
|Cinderella going to the ball in her pumpkin carriage|
|Helena Bonham Carter as the strange Fairy Godmother|
|Lady Tremaine and her two loathsome and shallow daughters|
|if only looks could kill, Cinderella would definitely be dead|
|a side profile of the two leads|
|Nonso as the Prince's aide|