Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cinderella (2015)

IMDb plot summary: When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, and Richard Madden.

It's been awhile since I saw the animated Disney version of this story, but I typically name it as one of my least favorites. Like most early Disney princesses, Cinderella always felt less noble and kind to me than passive and devoid of personality. This version at least tries to expand that a little bit, but it still hard to think of any qualities you could attach to the protagonist other than "nice." The prince and the stepmother fare better, with some much-needed character development. As a whole, the movie is largely forgettable, and its attempts at comic relief do NOT work, but it does have a sweet, traditional romantic feel to it that is very similar to the tone of the original, so it should satisfy those who are already fans. For everyone else, eh, it's all right, I guess.

2 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Cinderella < Air Force One
Cinderella > Midnight Cowboy
Cinderella < Fun Size
Cinderella > There's Something About Mary
Cinderella > Albatross
Cinderella > The Butterfly Effect
Cinderella > Mystic Pizza
Cinderella < A Christmas Carol (2004)
Cinderella > Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Cinderella > Stardust Memories

Final spot: #1594 out of 2531.

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