The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming “Kit.” Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
I loved this movie. I really liked this version of Cinderella. Helena was an amazing fairy godmother and I think Lily portrayed Ella very well. My favorite characters were Ella, her mother, fairy godmother, the prince, and the captain. Cate Blanchett was a very good evil stepmother and I liked that she smashed the shoe although how would she know where to find it? The prince was really cute too. I loved the blue dress and the slipper. It really did look like it belonged to a princess. The dance was beautiful and she was so graceful. I liked that they use some songs from the cartoon version in the credits. Just like Maleficent they retold the story amazingly and it came together very nicely. Stellan Skarsgard looks so much different than when he was in Thor I couldn’t tell it was him as the Grand Duke. Not only should kids see this but so should all the adults. Hayley Carter did a great job with playing Ella’s mother and she looked great in her costume. Disney has once again made another fantastic live action movie. Bippidi-Boppidi-Boo!!!
♥♥♥♥♥ 5 stars