Cinderella

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  • Summary: 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 Drisella into the family home. But, whenThe 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 Drisella 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, 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. [Walt Disney Pictures] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Mar 16, 2015
    100
    As a picture that celebrates one of the greatest archetypes in literature while freshening countless familiar details, I doubt it can be bettered.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 13, 2015
    88
    Cinderella is a wonderfully realized family feature that retains the strengths of its source material while at the same time updating it for today's audiences.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Feb 16, 2015
    80
    Screenwriter Chris Weitz embraces both the magic and the humanity of the classic fairy tale. He underlines the virtues of kindness and courage in a heroine right out of the pages of a traditional storybook, who gradually reveals the qualities of a self-possessed modern girl.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 12, 2015
    70
    Disney’s new live-action version is for the most part beguilingly good, even though it’s no replacement for the studio’s 1950 animated classic.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 13, 2015
    67
    The result is more of an illustrated storybook of a cherished classic than a living thing in its own right.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Feb 16, 2015
    60
    Very little is out of place in Branagh’s do-over, but that’s almost a problem: there’s a feeling, throughout, of going perfectly through the motions. The film is all smoothly-operated crane shots, excellent hair, gleaming teeth. Originality is the glass slipper it never even tries on.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 12, 2015
    38
    Cinderella is so scrubbed of personality, it’s not even worth calling a mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 60
  2. Negative: 8 out of 60
  1. Mar 13, 2015
    10
    What I enjoyed most about the latest "animation to live-action" treatment, is that Cinderella is a relatively straightforward telling of theWhat I enjoyed most about the latest "animation to live-action" treatment, is that Cinderella is a relatively straightforward telling of the timeless story. While Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent were re-imaginings, Cinderella is retold respectfully for the new generation. I genuinely believe that Disney did something right with their latest live-action film. While most people were probably expecting a sword-wielding action hero, I'm happy that Disney treated their most beloved character with the uttermost care and respect. The story of Cinderella is very personal to each person who has felt like the underdog, but managed to rise like a Phoenix from the ashes in the end. If Walt Disney were alive today, I'm sure he would be proud to see his most treasured little savior be retold to the new generation in a beautiful and charming way. Bravo! Expand
  2. Apr 8, 2015
    10
    This is by far the best Cinderella adaptation I've seen. It was raw, powerful and magical with a sophisticated kind of cheesy. With theThis is by far the best Cinderella adaptation I've seen. It was raw, powerful and magical with a sophisticated kind of cheesy. With the top-notch CGI, everything in the film seemed so much more surreal and extraordinary. I think I was more in love with the film as a whole than just the prince. It may have been a love story but it was definitely much deeper than that. "Have courage and be kind" was a repeated moral that I thought was a great message to have ingrained on our young audience's mindset. Bravo. Expand
  3. Mar 14, 2015
    9
    This movie was delightful from start to finish. I read a critic review that stated "Same old fairytale". Exactly, and so wonderfully done.This movie was delightful from start to finish. I read a critic review that stated "Same old fairytale". Exactly, and so wonderfully done. This movie teaches goodness and thinking of others, which is refreshing in the self serving world that we live in. It is filled with beautiful scenery and well cast. I think both male and female, young to old will enjoy this movie. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2015
    8
    Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is a dazzling rendition of a classic tale - a retelling which feels both traditional and fresh. It is aKenneth Branagh's Cinderella is a dazzling rendition of a classic tale - a retelling which feels both traditional and fresh. It is a down-to-earth and authentic affair, faithful to the original and free of cynicism, and none of the magic is lost in the translation from animation to live action. This is a flawless construction, with an outstanding quality of production design and attention to detail. It is also perfectly cast - Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett suit their roles down to the ground. I was truly and pleasantly surprised by this film. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2015
    7
    Disney has created a lush, but somewhat lackluster live action version of the classic fairy tale. Lily James glows with kindness and beauty inDisney has created a lush, but somewhat lackluster live action version of the classic fairy tale. Lily James glows with kindness and beauty in the title role, while Richard Madden make a dashing Prince Charming. Cate Blanchett brings old world elegance as the stepmother without adding much evil charm. Director Kenneth Branagh has emphasized the earnest emotional content, but it's really the visuals where this film shines: Dante Ferretti's art direction and Sandy Powell's exceptional costumes are simply gorgeous. There's not a lot of personality or comic relief in the cast, but the sincerity of the performances keeps it involving. NOTE: The animated short before the feature is a new song from the "Frozen" sisters. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2015
    5
    Açıkçası masalları sevmem. Sisteme insan yetiştirmek için hiyerarşi ve aristokrasiye saygıyı ve onların yaptıkları her haltı kabullenmemizAçıkçası masalları sevmem. Sisteme insan yetiştirmek için hiyerarşi ve aristokrasiye saygıyı ve onların yaptıkları her haltı kabullenmemiz gerektiğine dair altta yatan bir çok metni çocukların aklına sokmaya yarayan bir aygıt olarak görüyorum. Ancak yönetmeni Kenneth abimiz olunca bakmaktan kendimi alamadım. Masalların senaryo sıkıntısı çeken Hollywood'a yeni bir soluk getirdiği çizgi romanlarla beraber bir gerçek olsa da yapılan çizgi film uyarlamalarını çok sevdiğimi söyleyemem. Bu film ise en azınızdan ailecek seyredilebilir bir yapıda. Abartmadan ( perili bölümü saymazsak ) kaçınmaya çalışmış yönetmen ve senarist. Ancak yine de kendini tekrarlayan ve vasat olmaktan öteye gidememişler. Yine de ortalama bir not vermenin daha uygun olduğuna karar verdim. En azından yönetmenin yüzü hürmetine... Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2015
    0
    My god it was so bad! Instead of giving it a little twist, something that wasn't almost exactly like the animation. Cate Blanchett and HBMy god it was so bad! Instead of giving it a little twist, something that wasn't almost exactly like the animation. Cate Blanchett and HB Carter were good.....they were the only ones. An hour and a half that I will never get back. So,so bad. Expand

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