The story of Cinderella is well-known and has been featured in many movies. However, few had the impact that the animated Disney film did. Disney has decided to add new life to the classic tale in the live-action film Cinderella, which came out in theaters on Friday. How was the Cinderella movie? Read on to find out 🙂
A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Cinderella Movie – 2015 Disney Live-Action
First off, I have to say that the costumes and set designs were off the charts. Everything was so rich and full of charm that I couldn’t help but be immersed in the film from the get-go. The colors, fabrics, and design of the outfits were breathtaking and each character clearly had defined styles to match their personality.
The story, though, is a tough one to tackle as it’s so iconic. A young girl is forced into labor by her stepmother and stepsisters but is finally freed and raised to up royalty – that’s a plot you can’t really mess with. Instead, Disney adds a few extra elements to give the story a bit more depth. The biggest difference is that the stepmother isn’t as much “evil” as she is complex. She even has a backstory! Parents, it would be good to keep in mind the bullying done by the stepfamily as they are pretty mean.
Almost but Not Quite
Yet, the task of developing the story into something more meaty doesn’t quite come together. It was as if each character, relationship, and scene is only halfway done, with the other half lying on the cutting room floor due to time constraints. Just as one arc is being built up, viewers are abruptly shifted to a totally new one. When the ball scene began I remember thinking, “Wait, we’re at that part already?”
Maybe that’s why the acting seemed to fall flat. It was hard to really get into the movie as the character didn’t feel the least bit convincing, except for the stepmother. This was very surprising since several talented actors were involved.
Some other sections came off as random. Why does the prince have a secret garden? What’s with the swing? How did the stepmother know where the slipper was? What really does “have courage and be kind” have to do with the movie?
Cheesy But Endearing
The kids won’t notice any of that. There are cute animals, big dresses, and silly stepsisters to smile at. In fact, our favorite part is with the absent-minded and quirky godmother. You can barely understand a word she says but the whole sequence is nothing but fun. Plus, the effects are amazing.
Despite the criticism mentioned above, Cinderella is in no way bad. It’s a light-hearted film that the whole family can enjoy together. There are tense scenes but they don’t get overly dark in tone. Overall, the movie is kind of cheesy but in an endearing way. As long as you don’t take it too seriously and watch the movie as a fun live-action version, then you’ll leave the theater in a better mood than when you entered.