Childhood coming to life

by Cynthia Sanchez (Staff Writer) – 3/27/15

The new kind of Cinderella
The new kind of Cinderella

Disney has finally released their new Disney princess movie, Cinderella (directed by Kenneth Branagh) in theaters on March 13, 2015; the fantasy/ drama film includes its similarities and differences to the animated version.

Unlike the cartoon version, the new Cinderella movie showed both her parents and a story behind what had happened to her mother. In the movie, she goes by the name Ella and later named Cinderella by her stepmother and stepsisters.

Cinderella was played by actress Lily James, who is the main protagonist. She has a similar personality to the film made in 1950. She is still the sweet and innocent young lady who is caring to those around her. However in this film, she is more obligated to be kind and generous because of the promise she had made to her mother before she died. Throughout the film, she always had the thought of her mother’s words, “Have courage and be kind.”

Lady Tremaine, known as the “Wicked Stepmother,” played by actress Cate Blanchett, has a unique character. This is because the film goes in depth of the reasons why she is so cruel and mean to Cinderella. Her costume also played an important role in defining her character because costume designer Sandy Powell gave Lady Tremaine an impression of ridiculousness on the outside and ugliness on the inside.

As for the stepsisters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera), they incorporated the characteristics of being snobby, conceited brats who hate Cinderella.

On the other hand, Prince Charming, nicknamed Kit and played by Richard Madden has more romantic scenes that the audience would love. This is because the Prince and Cinderella meet before the ball and get to know each other better. This romantic bond displays the impression of true love.

The fairy godmother’s first appearance was first appeared when Cinderella ran into the garden because her stepmother ruined her dress. Her fairy godmother was seen as an old beggar woman who later transforms herself into Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). As Cinderella is finishing telling the story of her ruined dress, her Fairy Godmother uses her magic to make a carriage out of a pumpkin, mice are horses, a goose is the coachman, and the lizard is the footman.

The animal transformations ran smoothly due to the special effects that were incorporated in the film. For example, the lizard turned into a human, but still maintained lizard features such as having a long pinched face, and he still had his long green tail.

As for the Fairy Godmother’s alterations to Cinderella’s dress, it modified her dress brilliantly. As she was changing her dress, the idea of magic and enchantment was exposed to the audience. Despite the fact that her dress wasn’t Cinderella blue, it still was a gorgeous dress.

Acting performances varied upon actors. For instance, Blanchett’s acting skills were so well done because they fit her character of being careless to those she doesn’t like. Prince Charming’s acting was not the best because it was too dramatic that made him seem “fake”.

After watching the film and experiencing the newer version of Cinderella, I think it deserves an 8/ 10 stars. The film includes many themes and sets an example for its viewers. Cinderella is a romantic fantasy fairy tale film, and a recommended film for anybody to watch so they too end with a happily ever after.