Cinderella: A Review

I was lucky enough to be invited to a special screening of Disney's new Cinderella movie this week. It was a fantastic night, with drinks and nibbles beforehand and even a glimpse of the glass slipper!

I brought my sister along with me... mostly because she's pregnant and I could make her be the designated driver... but also because I knew she'd enjoy going to a 'kid's' movie as much as I would. I also made her photograph me in my terrible 'red carpet' pose and buy me chocolate. I'm such a considerate date.

I had heard rumours that the film, directed by Kenneth Brannagh, was very beautiful and as I'm a massive fan of fairytales anyway, I was excited to get a sneak peek before it opens here on March 27th (just in time for the Easter holidays!). I was not disappointed. The whisperings were all true. It is truly a feast for the eyes that had me mesmerised from beginning to end.

The sets are intricate and enticing and I basically want to move into Cinderella's family home. The castle's gorgeous too - but seriously - Cinderella's dead mother was one hell of an interior designer. 

Look at the WALLS not the baddies!
The costumes are amazing too, especially Cate Blanchett's stepmother garb. It's hard to pin down what era the designer was going for in the movie with some outfits looking like they came from the 1800's, other's could have been from any period between the 1920's and the 1940's and still others looking like Jean Paul Gaultier could have put them down the runway in more recent times (I'm referring to the stepsister's underwear with that last reference, in case you're wondering.) It's a timeless look, I guess. Like the story itself.

But a movie is not all about 'look' it has to have a good plot too. We ALL know the Cinderella story. Or at least some version of it. This movie follows the animated version quite closely - but without the musical numbers - and has a little bit of a modern twist. Like... the prince liking Cinderella as a person more than the fact that she's pretty. Which was comforting to know.

Here's the basic plot outline:
After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things.
And here's the trailer for an even better taste of what to expect:

One word of warning. There is a lot of VERY MOVING moments in this movie (aka Death). You might want to warn anyone overly sensitive... or any hormonal pregnant women in your company before you go. My poor, pregnant sister WEPT through more or less the entire thing. I was choking back tears (and maybe a few giggles at her expense) beside her but I only held back because I had put on eyeliner for the first time in months and was afraid of what might happen if the waterworks really got going!

But if you fancy letting yourself be swept away by fantasy and brought back to that childhood part of yourself that knows that all you need in life is to "have courage, be kind and believe in just a little bit of magic..." - Cinderella is definitely worth a watch.

Disclosure: I was given two tickets to this screening by Disney Ireland. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.


  1. Oh I can't wait until this comes out in the cinema! I love Disney and especially all the princess stories.
    And how do I get this wicked queen in to give my house the royal treatment ;)

    1. Oh go see it as soon as it opens (tomorrow!!) You will love it even more if you're a big princess fan. I was never really a princess fan but I adore traditional fairytales and this movie is just fantasy come to life. I really loved it.

  2. Oh I love me a good fairy tale. Especially one with big dresses and twirling and yay to no singing! (Yes, I'm a grouch). Plus, Helena Bonham Carter. Swoonage.

    I've only seen the trailer but I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought Cate looked like she stepped out of Mad Men! I am very intrigued about your interest in the interior design. I must go now. For research purposes ... Yes ...

    1. Apparently there are 2 miles - TWO MILES - of fabric in that blue dress, so if it's dresses and twirling you're after, this is the movie for you! And Helena Bonham Carter's appearance is fabulous, if rather too brief.

      You definitely need to check out the interior design. Essential research, I reckon ;)

  3. I will have to bring Caoimhe to see this, purely for her enjoyment ;-)

    1. Oh do! A perfect school holiday treat. I bet you'll love it too.


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