Unless a major blockbuster film is playing, I typically don’t go out of my way to take chances at the theater. Of course, I was the first person in line for some of 2014’s biggest films like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Interstellar, and others. But, what college-aged male would voluntarily pay to see a live-action Cinderella movie? I certainly didn’t intend to, but positive word-of-mouth about the film interested me enough to take that chance with Disney’s new Cinderella.
I also took a chance when I decided to go see Kingsman: The Secret Service, and that movie exceeded my wildest expectations. However, this live-action adaptation of the classic tale of Cinderella failed to capture my attention.. and that is perfectly fine. After all, I am not the target audience for this film. Parents, however, can rest assured knowing that this film is safe for their families.
Disney’s attempt to capture the spirit of the original is nearly accomplished through the unadulterated performances of Lily James, James Madden, Cate Blanchett, Haley Atwell, and the rest of the cast. Where it fails to captivate Cinderella exceeds in remaining true to the story that we all know and love; Its unwavering commitment to the classic tale is admirable and sure to introduce a modern take on the story to younger audiences growing up on Frozen. Side note, for those who don’t know, a new short titled “Frozen Fever” plays in front of Cinderella.
Chances are that if you’ve seen the animated version, or know the gist of the story, you’ll remain unimpressed with Disney’s new live-action Cinderella. It hits all of the familiar notes that we’re used to: the abusive stepmother and stepsisters, the magical fairy godmother, Prince Charming, the fairy tale ending, and everything in between.
What are your thoughts on the movie?