Disney's new live-action adaptation is a glorious treasure of a film. With excellent acting, a brilliantly written script, and stunning visuals, audiences will feel as if they are witnessing a story never told before, brand new. This version creates moments of suspense for what will happen next, even though we all know this tale ends happily. I laughed, I cried, and I sat in wonder as if I were a child. The magic of this new movie is contagious, floating off the screen from one scene to the next.
As Cinderella, you simply cannot find a better actress to play the adored princess as flawlessly as Lily James. She glows in each frame, encompassing the famed heroine. As we embark on her journey from cherished daughter to despised stepdaughter/servant, we root for her to succeed with her motto of "Have courage and be kind," and it is all the more believable due to her truly convincing performance.
You can honestly see that Cate Blanchett is having a ball (no pun intended) playing the wicked stepmother. The vicious look in her eyes, her envious mannerisms, the cruel way she delivers remarks to Cinderella to show her hatred and jealousy-you don't want to cross paths with this Lady Tremaine. Believe it or not, as monstrous as the stepmother was in the classic animated version, Blanchett's Tremaine manages to be one step above while being surprisingly human. Although we certainly feel no remorse for her, some of her feelings are understandable and perhaps even relatable.
When I found out that Helena Bonham Carter was cast, I thought, "Wow! What a great choice to play the wicked stepmother! Cate Blanchett is going to be the perfect Fairy Godmother" Then I found out that she was cast as the Fairy Godmother, and I thought, "That should be interesting." Carter further proves just how versatile she is as an actress as she portrays the character with excessive energy and an endless supply of humor. I loved watching her play this role.
If you are looking for a truly magical film experience that you can either enjoy with your children (as I did), or if you are looking for something to make you feel as giddy as a child (as I also did), this new version of "Cinderella" is for you. Disney has done it again with this illustrious adaptation that will be cherished by generations of children and families to come.