Sunday, March 22, 2015

Movie Review: Cinderella

Quite frankly, I was seriously expecting Cinderella to be godawful - how many adaptations can this story have? - but it shockingly turned out to be quite magnificent. Fairy tales in recent memory have become either poor reproduction of classics or dark adaptations with unnecessary modern twists, but this film somehow impressively kept the material intact with only very little modifications and yet remained refreshing. It was aesthetically confident and captivating, full of glorious visuals and absolutely gorgeous cinematography. The art direction and costume design were also top notch, as well as the fantastic acting ensemble. Lily James was effortlessly adorable and natural as the title role, but it was Cate Blanchett's take as the evil stepmother that stole the show. She wasn't entirely overwhelming like she could have, but her composed manner of delivering her lines were on point. It's not to say Cinderella was perfect because it wasn't, but the movie somehow seemed magical. 8


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