(2015) (Lily James, Cate Blanchett) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Fantasy/Romance: A kind and brave common girl falls for a handsome prince, but runs afoul of her evil stepmother and wicked stepsisters who are repulsed by her goodness.
- In a land far away, Cinderella (LILY JAMES) lives with her good-hearted mother (HAYLEY ATWELL) and adoring father (BEN CHAPLIN), occupying a lovely country estate in the forest. Their days are spent laughing and playing and caring for animals. But this idyllic existence comes to an end when Cinderella's mom takes sick and dies. A few years later, her dad remarries and his new wife is a cold-hearted schemer named Lady Tremaine (CATE BLANCHETT), who comes to the manor with two snide, bickering teenage daughters, Anastasia (HOLLIDAY GRANGER) and Drizella (SOPHIE McSHERA).
During one of her father's frequent business trips, he also becomes ill and dies. Left destitute, Lady Tremaine dismisses the home's hired hands and instead makes Cinderella wait on her and her two daughters hand and foot. She even banishes the young woman to the cold attic where her only friends are some mischievous mice. Life is grim for Cinderella until one day she goes horseback riding in the forest and meets Kit (RICHARD MADDEN), literally her Prince Charming. Kit is indeed the son of a dying king (DEREK JACOBI), who wants his boy to marry a princess from a nearby land to ensure the security of his small kingdom after he is gone. Kit, though, is instantly smitten with Cinderella and wants to marry her. Only she has disappeared back into the forest without telling him her name.
Kit puts a call out to the land that all fair maidens are welcome at the next palace ball. Lady Tremaine instantly angles to have the Prince fall for either Anastasia or Drizella so she and they can return to a life of privilege and comfort. The King's Grand Duke (STELLAN SKARSGARD), meanwhile, tries to strong-arm Kit into falling for one of the real princesses attending the gala. But Cinderella is visited by her Fairy Godmother (HELENA BONHAM CARTER), who magically provides her with a gown, glass slippers, a carriage, horses, and footmen to ensure that she will be on equal footing with everyone else at the big event.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Absolutely, especially girls age 4 to 14. The movie retains all of its fairy tale roots and charm.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For mild thematic elements.
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