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I got to see this in the theater with a friend of mine from high school and though we’re now adults, there were so many moments throughout the movie that had us sighing like 8 year old little girls. Absolutely charming, visually stunning (the breathtaking coach and dazzling glass slippers!) and sparkling with humor and magic, the film will appeal to incurable romantics the world over. With just enough nods to the original Disney animated classic, this is not intended as a live action copy but rather an homage or celebration of the fairy tale. Lily James is lovely as Cinderella, pretty but not so beautiful as to make her an impossible ideal. Her mother’s mantra is a marvelous piece of wisdom applicable to life in general, to have courage and be kind. I would be greatly remiss if I did not voice my appreciation for Cate Blanchett’s spectacular performance as a surprisingly multidimensional Evil Stepmother, played in such a way the audience can understand her motivations but also perversely malicious and needlessly cruel. Richard Madden (Robb Stark from Game of Thrones) is swoonworthy as Prince Kit, and Stellan Skarsgård is excellent as the Grand Duke. Cinderella’s magnificent ball gown was made using 270 yards of fabric and has almost two miles of hem, but every stitch is worthwhile as you watch her spin while dancing with the prince. The supporting characters of the two stepsisters, the king and all Cinderella’s animal friends were very well done and I thought Helena Bonham Carter nailed the somewhat scatter-brained fairy godmother. This is a movie I’ll absolutely need to own and will take great pleasure in watching again. A gorgeous rendition of a fairy tale deeply entrenched in modern culture with something valuable to say about always treating others with kindness. – BETHANY

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The King in the North.  Richard Madden in a very different role than Rob Stark on Game of Thrones.  You’d think he’d be more skittish about getting married, what with what happened at his last wedding …

                                Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother

The Coach

Cindy’s Grand Entrance

The Captain (Nonso Anozie) and the Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård)

The Famous Slipper

                                               The Wicked Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) Evil Step-Family.  Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger).

Don’t we look ridiculous, er, amazing?

Dancing with the Prince

Spoiler!  It’s a Happy Ending



Photos courtesy of Allison Shearmur Productions, Beagle Pug Films, Genre Films and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures


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