IHGB Movie Review: ‘Cinderella’
Starring: Lilly James and Richard Madden
This is a classic Cinderella story brought to you by the good folks at Disney.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lily James plays Cinderella. She is breath of fresh air on screen. I thought she was perfect for the role.
- 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.
- This also goes for Drisella. She’s played by Sophie McShera—Daisy on Downton Abbey.
- 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.
- Her wardrobe deserves a line item of its own. Phenomenal.
- 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.
- There’s a moment between The Prince and his father that made me cry. Tears. TEARS IN CINDERELLA!
- 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!
- 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.
- Once you get past the random butterflies on Cinderella’s blue dress, you will want one for yourself. I do love to twirl.
- 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!
You must see this on the big screen. Don’t waste time. Go right now. Hurry.