IHGB Movie Review: ‘Cinderella’


Rated: PG
Starring: Lilly James and Richard Madden
The Trailer:

The Gist:
This is a classic Cinderella story brought to you by the good folks at Disney.

My Thoughts:

  1. Part of me just wants to write “GO WATCH THIS MOVIE” and be done with it. I have a feeling you may want a little bit more insight so you can make an informed decision. I totally understand.
  2. This version of the Cinderella story is completely delightful. It rivals the original animated movie (I know, right?!) and slightly trumps my beloved Ever After with my doppelganger Drew Barrymore. That is a bold statement for me. Spoiler: I LOVED THIS MOVIE IN CASE YOU DIDN’T GET THAT ALREADY.
  3. Lily James plays Cinderella. She is breath of fresh air on screen. I thought she was perfect for the role.
  4. Before you head to the theater, let me remind you that Lily James plays Rose on Downton Abbey. This bit of news will save you the suffering of playing “Where do I know her from?” during the first 20 minutes of the film.
  5. This also goes for Drisella. She’s played by Sophie McShera—Daisy on Downton Abbey.
  6. No, the Dowager Countess of Grantham Maggie Smith does NOT play the wicked step-mother. That honor goes to the amazingly talented and deliciously passive aggressive Cate Blanchett. She can say so much with a fake smile.
  7. Her wardrobe deserves a line item of its own. Phenomenal.
  8. Richard Madden steps away from his Game of Thrones animal skins and leather pants for a regal cape and tighter leather pants. As you may imagine, he’s ruggedly handsome. And ever so charming.
  9. There’s a moment between The Prince and his father that made me cry. Tears. TEARS IN CINDERELLA!
  10. Helena Bonham Carter is typically not my favorite, but she was lovely in the role as the fairy godmother. I don’t think I rolled my eyes once when she was on the screen!
  11. Lily James has a tiny, tiny, tiny waist. It will be distracting at first. You’ll feel bad about eating that vat of popcorn on your lap, but then you’ll get over it as soon as you dig for the gummy bears you smuggled in your purse.
  12. Once you get past the random butterflies on Cinderella’s blue dress, you will want one for yourself. I do love to twirl.
  13. This story is about having courage and being kind. It’s a wonderful message for young girls everywhere. “Where there is kindness, there is goodness. And where there is goodness, there is magic.” YES!

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Katie A.
Katie A.
March 19, 2015 3:32 pm

I saw it last week and LOVED it!! I’ll be seeing it again this weekend!

March 19, 2015 3:49 pm

My party pooper husband wouldn’t go see this with me last weekend (imagine that), so I’m going to see it by myself Sunday! Can’t wait!

March 19, 2015 5:09 pm
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I can’t believe that I got my husband to go see it. I’m worried about what movie I’m going to have to sit through in exchange.

March 19, 2015 5:02 pm

I saw this with my mother and we both left the theater smiling and humming “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” all the way home.

That *scene* with the King and Prince Charming, also made us cry for so many reasons.

March 19, 2015 5:19 pm

I agree 100 % with your review of Cinderella. Yes, that scene with The Prince and his father brought me to tears as well. I wasn’t expecting to cry when I went to see it last weekend.

March 19, 2015 5:23 pm

And I think that Richard Madden needs to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He’s so dreamy.

March 20, 2015 9:20 am

enjoyed costumes, sets and transformation scenes. Blue dress was lovely, but that wedding gown was the most beautiful! missed a little bippity boppity boo. Hubby enjoyed it as well, a little boring and drawn out, but def worth seeing

March 20, 2015 10:49 am

Great review, I took my 7 year old granddaughter Sunday and we both loved it. I agree with every thing except that it trumps Ever After. I feel Ever After has an edge because of all the layers that it has and it had more comedic parts than this version.

March 20, 2015 6:53 pm

Was I the only one that thought for quite some time that Cinderella’s father was being played by Dougray Scott and was enjoying the delicious irony of his demotion from Prince to Pops? Maybe? The guy who did play him could really pass for an older version of my favorite Ever After version of Dougray Scott.

March 22, 2015 7:13 pm

i am going to see the movie tomorrow morning. I’m so excited.

Also, I have a little boy. Almost 14 months old. I want him to learn to have courage and be kind as well. I am happy to have him learn that from Cinderella.

March 23, 2015 8:02 am

Yup. Went to see it with my fourteen year-old daughter and she didn’t roll her eyes once, though she did say, “It’s kind of weird that Bellatrix Lestrange is the Fairy Godmother.” That’s what you get when you bring a Potterhead to Cinderella.

I couldn’t agree more about Cate Blanchette AND her wardrobe. Spectacular.

And yes, we both cried.

March 23, 2015 3:31 pm

Loved it. My family and I are total Disney fanatics. My husband wanted to go!! I got teary when Cinderella’s mom was initially telling her to promise to have courage and be kind. I have already used that with my girls since err saw it on Friday. I thought it was a wonderful message to put with the and they live happily ever after.

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