Caught in the hands of her evil stepmother and stepsisters, Ella tries to live up to her mother's dying wish, to be courageous and kind. She tries to endure the hardships brought to her by her stepfamily while still dreaming of better days to come. Her fairy godmother gives her a chance to attend the grand ball at the palace to meet the prince but she has to be home by midnight. Ella easily enchants the prince with her beauty but time isn't just enough. The prince sets out to find her using the glass slipper she left at the ball, but Ella's stepmother will do whatever it takes to stop them from meeting each other again.Read more
Like most Disney films, Cinderella (2015) holds one of the most elaborate production designs in movie history. The grand ballroom at the king's palace alone featured 17 enormous Italian custom-made chandeliers. Each one of which had close to 5,000 oil candles that were lit by hand.
Lily James wasn't exactly the first choice for the lead role. Film producers initially eyed Emma Watson to play the role of Ella, but the Harry Potter actress declined the offer. In 2016 however, Watson starred as Belle for the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Nonetheless, James earned recognition for her portrayal of Ella including Best Actress nominations for the 2015 Teen Choice Awards and the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards as well as the Breakthrough Award for the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards.
In the midst of the ongoing trend of fairytale revisionism as seen in Maleficent and Into The Wood's, Disney's 2015 live-action remake of Cinderella remained ever so true to its age-old story. The film very closely followed the storytelling of its animated version. It's no surprise as to how easy it has captivated its audience. While some movie critics view this interpretation as unashamedly old-fashioned, others would still point out that it isn't really that bad.
The fact that Kenneth Branagh stayed true to the original story is enough reason for any Disney Princess fan to check out this live-action remake. Branagh made sure that his rendition lives up to the fantasies of fans who've seen the animated version by making sure that the film's production design is nothing short of magical. Each set and special effect for the film looked as enchanting as the cartoon movie that the viewers loved in their childhood. In fact, it even earned commendations from The Hollywood Reporter for its amazing production design.
Cate Blanchett's performance as Cinderella's evil stepmother, Lady Tremain, gave more justice behind her character's obsession for material wealth. Blanchett's chilling sneer and believable portrayal of a mother worried about the financial future of her family makes her the perfect choice opposite Lily James. Despite not being the producers' first choice, Lily James made sure to bring her best as Cinderella. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter's fairy godmother added enjoyment to the movie with her scatty personality surprisingly fitting her character like a glove.
Indeed, Branagh's take on Cinderella is exceptionally nostalgic that makes the audience fall even more in love with the Disney version of Arthur Rackham's classic tale. It is a nice break from the surprising new takes on classic films. Cinderella (2005) is no ugly stepsister, but an excellent realization of Branagh's and Cinderella fans' imagination.
Released in 2015, Cinderella is the live-action interpretation of the classic Disney Princess film of the same title. It was directed by Kenneth Branagh and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Kinberg Genre, Allison Shearmur Productions, and Beagle Pug Films. Lily James starred as the beautiful Ella. Film viewers highly anticipated the appearances of Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter who played as Ella's stepmother, Lady Tremaine, and as the fairy godmother, respectively.
The film grossed at $201.2 million in the US and Canda. It received a generally positive review from critics with an 84% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lily James was nominated for Best Actress at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards for her portrayal of Ella.