I received a free copy to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
When I first heard Disney was releasing a live-action version of Cinderella, I have to admit, I was skeptical. First of all, Cinderella is one of those iconic, classic fairy-tale movies; I was afraid a remake couldn’t fully capture the magic. Secondly, it’s been attempted in the past and not very successfully. However, this is DISNEY’S Cinderella and I knew with Disney behind the wheels, this movie has some potential for greatness.
Last March, I was able to attend the red carpet premiere of Cinderella AND interview the stars. You can read my review of Cinderella, of course the family and I LOVED it. It is a film for all ages and a must have for your movie collection.
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father 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, 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 mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears 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 (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
Why own the Blu-Ray? Well, other than having this awesome movie in your collection to watch at your disposal; the bonus features alone are reason to own it!
- Alternate Opening: Ella’s Childhood
- Frozen Fever
- Staging The Ball
- Ella’s Furry Friends
- A Fairy Tale Comes to Life
- Disney Movies Anywhere Exclusive:
- Deleted Scenes (with introductions by Kenneth Branagh)
- Costume Test Fun
What are you waiting for? Pick up your Blu-Ray copy of Cinderella, now in stores!