Film Review: Cinderella

On Christmas day MWF and I settled in to watch this, slightly surprised we’d missed it at the cinema despite MWF being a massive Disney fan.


I was sceptical, as the current trend of Disney making live action remakes is not one I support. Especially as Maleficent was a massive waste if time and effort.

You know the drill, Cinderella (Lilly James) is a sweet, lovely girl who has to live with her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and ugly sisters (Holiday Grainger and Sophie McShera) after her father dies.

She becomes their skivvy, but despite this remains kind and good. The local prince (Richard Madden) throws a ball and with a little help from her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) she goes to the ball. Has to leave by midnight, loses slipper, yadda yadda.

Kenneth Branagh deserves props for giving it a fair go, and to its credit the film does make Cinderella and the Prince’s relationship a bit more substantial than that they just dance, as they talk more and form a genuine bond even before the ball.


This aside it’s the same old story, and while great for kids it doesn’t impress adults. There’s a halfhearted attempt to make the stepmother more rounded, but this fails to make an impact and Blanchett is wasted in the role.


And HBC is her usual overly quirky self. King’s Speech aside everything she’s done recently is painfully OTT.


James is fine as Cinderella, but the character is a nice it’s rather dull and the whole film feels simplistic and old fashioned. Best stick to the animation, or panto, I reckon.

Verdict: Branagh tries but the cast are wasted and its all a bit dull. Nice enough but nowt special. 6/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


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